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Thread: Problem with 3/8" sashing

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    Problem with 3/8" sashing

    Good morning all

    Imagine you have to add two 3/8“ sashings and the seam allowance from the first one has to be ironed to the right, can’t even be lifted to the left temporarily.

    If I try to add the second one I have three layers of fabric (depending on the pattern up to five) under the left side of the presser foot and on the right side only one. Therefore I keep slipping off and have a hard time to get a straight seam.

    How do you deal with that problem? I thought of sticking something under the right side of the presser foot to level it out!? Do you have any idea?
    Thanks a lot
    Granny

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    Will your zipper work foot?

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    In her book Bindings Borders and Edges, Sally Collins suggests that on very narrow borders you add extra width to your border fabrics so you don't have the one-foot-off syndrome. I have NOT tried this but will be doing so on current project. She also explains how to do multiples and then grade the seam allowances and press.

    I recommend that any all of her other books - she leaves nothing to the imagination.
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    I recently added a 1 1/2" border to a quilt which is the smallest I've tried to add....it worked best for me to have the quilt on top and the border underneath. (Does that makes sense?)
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    If I have more then one border I sew all of them together first then attach it to the quilt, same with sashing for a block. I would iron the seam open so not so much bulk.
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    thank you all.
    I dont understand the Sally Collins method in this specific case. What does it help to make the first sashing wider if I have to sew at 3/8" anyway? And I cant make the blocks bigger (DJ) to have fabric under both sides ot the presser foot. Maybe I should buy the book as my imagination does not work on this one :-)

    And sewing the two 3/8" sashings together first I would end up with even more layers on the left side attaching them to the block - wouldnt I?

    I think I will try the zipper foot and see how it works.
    Granny

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    I know there is a special foot I can get for my Pfaff that is made for uneven thicknesses. I am at work so can't tell you what it is called. Might be a solution.

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    I work frequently with really small sashings and borders, some will finish at 1/4 inch or just under. A few tips. Starch these prior to cutting , and I mean STARCH the daylights out of them . I use the concetrate full strenght for this type of work allowing it to air dry for the best stiffness. Then use a foot that allows you to needle over , so that the bulk of your fabric is under the foot, using the foot edge as a guide.
    Sometimes depending on the width is it better to "ride the ridge", having the ridge under the presser foot and making the adjustments with your needle.

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    I make my sashings wider, press them, sew the other parts together, then trim to a 3/8 seam allowance afterwards. If I have to trim first to avoid stitching the seam allowance in the next seam, then I move my needle, switch to a different foot, or use no foot at all, to avoid that bump.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I make my sashings wider, press them, sew the other parts together, then trim to a 3/8 seam allowance afterwards. If I have to trim first to avoid stitching the seam allowance in the next seam, then I move my needle, switch to a different foot, or use no foot at all, to avoid that bump.

    Good luck.
    This looks like a good plan.
    Annie

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