Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Long Seams

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    57
    Im currently making a quilt that has long strips of fabric the width of the quilt. Each strip is about 100 long and 2.5 wide (yes, Im officially crazy). Any tips on sewing long seems? I know there can be some issues ensuring that everything is even and that the strips dont stretch but I have no idea how to combat this.

    Kristy

  2. #2
    Super Member Lisa_wanna_b_quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    The middle of an IL cornfield
    Posts
    6,870
    Blog Entries
    1
    If you are sewing more than a couple of extra long strips together you are supposed to sew one one way and the next the other way. Start at the "top" on the first two you sew together and start at the "bottom" when you add the third strip. This is to help prevent bowing.

    Personally, I am a huge fan of starch to help things hold their shape. I like to sew fabric that has been starched into cardboard. It helps me.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Shelley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Wilbur, WA
    Posts
    762
    Make sure the pieces are the exact length that you need. Pin at both ends, in the middle, and continue until you are comfortable nothing will shift. For me, that's in the 6-9" range for long pieces. If you just sew strips together, then chop off the extra, you will have unevenness unless you are using a walking foot.

  4. #4
    Super Member Prism99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Western Wisconsin
    Posts
    9,462
    Blog Entries
    1
    If you haven't cut the strips yet, I would starch the fabric heavily before cutting. Heavy starching does a great job of stabilizing fabric. I don't use spray starch, but instead mix a 1:1 solution of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch and water, place my fabric on the kitchen island, "paint" the starch on with a large wall painting brush, toss the saturated fabric in the dryer, and iron with steam when it comes out. If you do this, you could even cut the strips on the bias and sew them together without distortion!

    Cutting on the lengthwise grain is better than the usual crossgrain cutting.

    Using a walking foot helps, as does pinning and alternating the direction in which you piece the strips.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    57
    Thanks everyone. I'll try startching the strips before sewing and pinning like mad.

  6. #6
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,113
    Blog Entries
    1
    Pressing is another biggie!!! Make sure you press and not iron!!! Be gentle with the iron or you can distort your strips. I like to line them up straight so that it is easier to see that they are remaining straight and even :D:D:D

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    52
    Lay quilt flat and measure length several (!) places from top to bottom on the quilt top. Write measurements down. Find the average length and cut 2 border pieces to this length. Divide both quilt and border pieces into 4ths. Pin quilt top and borders together at these points. Then pin between these points easing in quilt fabric if needed. You basically are sewing one 4th of the top and border at a time. Sew carefully and uses a walking foot if you have one. Don't be afraid to rip if needed! Press but do not iron. Ironing stretches the fabric. Now, do same for the width.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.