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Thread: Need help with Sewing Machine pattern

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    Senior Member Dingle's Avatar
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    There is a Sewing Machine pattern on Quilters Cache that I would like to make. The only thing is, it's paper pieced. I have never done paper piecing yet. Still working on piecing correctly. How do I figure out how to do this by just piecing it? Can it be done? I have no idea what size to cut the pieces. Not sure how it will turn out this way but I would like to try.

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    I looked and did not see "Sewing Machine" listed - what is the actual name of the block you are looking at?

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    Do you see the tutorial listed at the bottom of your page when you write called Paper Piecing Basics? If you do not have a clue what you are doing, this is a good place to start. There are fantastic tutorials out there if you Google "Paper-Piecing". You just have to perform a search.

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    Paper piecing is a completely different method from rotary cutting & piecing so even if you're still working on that perfect 1/4" seam--paper piecing won't interfere with that practice. You follow a line when you sew while paper piecing--not an imaginary or mythical (in some cases) 1/4". An actual honest to goodness sew right down this line! And it's even numbered for you so you know which piece to sew next.

    I learned to paper piece before I found out about that persnickety 1/4" and I think the transition was easier because of it. I also had a faulty ruler when I first started quilting and I could not get any of my swap blocks to measure whatever was needed until I resorted to paper-piecing. I kept thinking it was me until the lightbulb went on and I actually compared my ruler to a carpenter's tape measure. I thought I would never be able to rotary cut & piece until then. I had sewn clothes from Barbie size to XXL for 30 years and never had a problem until I bought a "quilting" ruler that was out to get me--LOL!

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    Look into www.fatcatpatterns.com/default.html they have three designs of a singer featherweight.

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    Senior Member Dingle's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by eparys
    I looked and did not see "Sewing Machine" listed - what is the actual name of the block you are looking at?
    http://quilterscache.com/N/NotionsBlock.html

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    Paper piecing isn't the easiest to do but once you learn how, it's a piece of cake. Personally, I cut off the paper seam allowance but add it after I've pieced the section. Work in sections, you don't have to cut a particular sized fabric for the section. Start with one section, put the fabric you want for #1 UNDERNEATH, right side facing OUT, the paper with the print side up. I put a couple dabs of Elmer's Washable School Glue, then press, so that it's dry. Fold where the line is between #1 & 2 with the next fabric, if you have to hold it up to the light to make sure that it will cover the #2 section, sew, repeat. I hope I'm explaining this well enough. If not, PM me and maybe I can walk you through it better.

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