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    Super Member newbee3's Avatar
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    I tried to do a 8 point star paper pieced and there were so many seams coming together in the middle it really is way too bulky any suggestions on how to correct this.

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    You have to unstitch a couple of threads in the centre and open them up....and press them flat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tellabella
    You have to unstitch a couple of threads in the centre and open them up....and press them flat...
    ditto.

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    I press seams open when I make any kind of star.

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    Pressing really really well can help to make such a difference.

    Also, if you've been leaving your paper on, pick off the paper, before you sew where there are seams on seams, that you won't be able to get inside to take them off.

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    I stop & back stitch 1/4 inch from the end at all the center seams except the final one where you sew the 2 halves together and then I press that final seam open. I remove the paper before sewing the halves together also.

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    only stitching a stitch or two beyond each line (not to the end) helps-
    press seams open-
    pick out stitches in the center-
    visit the 'Quilt In A Day' web site- Elenor Burns will show you how to join/press multiple-bulky seams in a spin that makes them lie flat....good tut's there too.

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    Hit it with a hammer...Someone told me recently that they are now selling a tool that looks like a hammer for this reason...She just used a hammer and it worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955
    Hit it with a hammer...Someone told me recently that they are now selling a tool that looks like a hammer for this reason...She just used a hammer and it worked.
    This works. This is how I was taught to hem jeans. Hit that pesky felled seam with a hammer. Really makes it easier to sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning
    I stop & back stitch 1/4 inch from the end at all the center seams except the final one where you sew the 2 halves together and then I press that final seam open. I remove the paper before sewing the halves together also.
    Doesn't this just add bulk to the seam allowance adding even MORE bulk at the center seam intersection?

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