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Thread: Need help with sewing half squares

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    I am attempting to make a baby quilt with half squares. I have everything cut out and pinned and now need to sew the 2 triangles together.
    My problem is that everytime I try to sew from the tip of the triangles my machine pulls the tip of the triangle down into my bobbin area.
    What can I do to avoid this? I thought about starting in the middle and going to each end but that seems illogical.
    I would appreciate any help you can give me!

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    Start out sewing on a scrap, then butt these pieces up next to the scrap. Continue on chain sewing them and see if this helps :D:D:D

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    What Amma said!

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    Are you sure you're supposed to be sewing on the point and not a quarter of an inch on either side of the point?

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    She's sewing triangles, not down the center of squares, so she is probably sewing 1/4" away. I agree with Amma to use a leader and chain piece. However, in the future, I would try to sew them the way Scissor Queen mentioned and leave them as squares, sew 1/4" away on both sides of the center, and cut it in half after it's sewn.

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    If they are already cut into triangles, then put needle just inside the two layers of fabric. Also check the needle it might need to be replace as the tip might be dull.

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    Since your triangles are already cut, then starting on a scrap and chain piecing is the way to go.

    Next time, use this method.
    http://www.blockcentral.com/hst/hst-2inch.pdf

    Just follow the very easy instructions on the printed page.
    Good luck!

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    i start with a "leader", and "needle down"..

    google "bonnie hunter",she has a great website, and great ideas for leaders and enders..

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    She's sewing triangles, not down the center of squares, so she is probably sewing 1/4" away. I agree with Amma to use a leader and chain piece. However, in the future, I would try to sew them the way Scissor Queen mentioned and leave them as squares, sew 1/4" away on both sides of the center, and cut it in half after it's sewn.
    Even if she's sewing triangles already cut she should probably still be sewing a quarter of an inch away from the point.

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    True but she wouldn't be sewing on the point (that would be the cut edge).

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