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Thread: Seam Issue

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    Super Member Theresa's Avatar
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    This bugs me...I press my seams thoroughly. When an intersecting seam is stitched, the underside of the seam gets pushed and it no longer lies flat. I cannot figure out what to do short of gluing. Is there a solution to this or am I just being to pickie? Would appreciate your thoughts.

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    Take the pin out just before the needle hits the fabric. If you have the folded piece of fabric on the underside be in the other direction, that will help also. Clear as mud? :lol:

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    I leave my pins in, sew right over them. The quilt police has never knocked on my door. I think in all my years sewing I've only had 2 pins get hit by the needle. And it caused no damage to my machine or project. But of course some will say never ever ever, but its like all rules, meant to be broken.

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    I also sew over pins and have only broken one or two pins over all the years I have been sewing. I'm not worried about the sewing police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    I leave my pins in, sew right over them. The quilt police has never knocked on my door. I think in all my years sewing I've only had 2 pins get hit by the needle. And it caused no damage to my machine or project. But of course some will say never ever ever, but its like all rules, meant to be broken.
    I have hit pins many times over the years. BUT, twice it was UGLY! The first time was not spendy, but my machine was gone for a month waiting for an obscure part that never breaks, but broke that time. This last time cost me over $200. I will be pulling out the pins from now on.

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    I am also guilty of sewing over pins. But not any more. This weekend I hit one and it caught up with the needle and yanked the needle right out. I was very fortunate that nothing was damaged and was able to get the needle out and replace it. I think maybe the thumb screw had loosened up a bit as well. I once took a class where the instructor told a story of sewing over a pin and hit it and it shattered the needle and shards of metal flew up into her face and hit her glasses. She said if she wasn't wearing glasses it would have been ugly as the shard of needle would have gone into her eye.

    But I digress, I too have seam allowance fabric sometimes bunch up or go through and end up being sewn down in the opposite direction of what I pressed it. I don't worry about it. In the end all things line up and once quilted no one will know if your seam allowance is going the wrong way.

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    As far as sewing over the pins, do you know if they were regular sewing pins or quilting pins? Am more willing to take a chance if the pin is a small diameter.

    I always wear glasses when sewing 'cuz you never know when the needle will break. I've had the same thing happen as feline fanatic. It scared the heck out of me, but was easily resolved.

    Thanks every one for your thoughts! I appreciate it.

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    I try to not sew over pins, but sometimes I just forget.

    Once I sewed over a pin and my sewing machine needle broke and flew up right towards my eye. If I hadn't been wearing glasses, the needle would have gone right into my eye. I am much more careful about removing pins after that.

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    The pins I sew over are quilt pins and they are very small in diameter.

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