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Thread: Loose seams: help!

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    Well, hey, they look really good to me. It is going to be a pretty sight to see.

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    Wow!! This is very cute. Keep on cutting those triangles...this is going to be a beauty! :-) Laura

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    This does happen. Sometimes one fabric might be a bit lighter weight and this can be the result. If it bothers me to much I use a 'pigma pen' in a matching color and run it along the offensive stitching and they magically disappear.
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    EDIT: Just saw the pic'. AWESOME
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    Wow! That will be a beautiful piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabrat View Post
    it sounds exactly like your pushing them a bit with the iron instead of PRESSING them first press the seam shut on the back to one side and do all of them to the same side dark say vs the light side. NOW turn it over press down. if you push that seam with your iron too hard it will show the stitches. tada .. also once you have cut your triangles and sew them into bigger triangles you can trim those to size if well rows dont have to line up otherwise double check your cuts I guess. pressing them again stops the distortion which gives you wonky triangles. also do not use crud once you have sewn them together. ruined a lot last year doing that til the fabric was so warped. so water great before you cut once you cut it leave it be. NO STEAM. dump that water from your iron rightnow. do not use steam. groan do I know. spray starch works best when the whole block is done in my not too humble have ruined things opinion. only press no ironing. took me forever to stop doing that. ironing. i
    This is an example of how different people do things differently and it all works out - my recommendation is to use a lot of steam as you press...steam is hotter than the iron itself, and helps set the seam.... I've never had a problem with using steam and get a much neater look when I do.

    diidn't notice - but do you set your seams first? that means that you press the seam flat just as you sewed it...before opening up the fabric to press the seam allowance to one side. The "setting" process makes the thread sink into the fabric and tightens it up a bit, making it a cleaner look when you press to the side.
    Kate

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    Thanks everyone for the encouragement and advice...all duly noted in my little note book. most appreciated.

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    Those long rows are hard to handle. Try stitching 8 of the triangles into a rhombus and then join the rhombus blocks.

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    Very pretty and looking good. Personally, every time I drop by the QB I find little tips and learn techniques that make my quilting life easier...there's also a lot of encouragement and large dollops of humour, which is pretty fantastic when you are a "lone quilter". Anyway...nice one ruby2shoes....keep us updated and happy piecing.

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    Ohhhhh, rhombus...never thought of that! Thanks. Work is finished for the week, OH is away for the weekend so it's just me, the dog, a bottle of red and the rotary cutter!!!!! Hehehe, even have a television set up in the sewing room and a swivel chair so I can swivel from sewing machine, to cutting mat, to lowered ironing board and iron. My idea of perfect laziness and enhanced production! I just have to remember to keep the garage door shut so no-one thinks I'm at home when they call by for a visit...shhhhhhhh!

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    Spent the afternoon cutting and sewing more triangles and this time I shortened my stitch length by half a measure and was more particular and careful when pressing my seams including "setting" them as suggested. My pieced triangles look more uniform/neater and stitches aren't showing between pieces so as I sit back for a cup of tea, a piece of chocolate and some inane t.v before going to bed I thank you all muchly!

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