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Thread: Sewing non-nesting seams together

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    Sewing non-nesting seams together

    Does anyone have a foolproof method for sewing non-nesting seams together? Seams where the seam allowances both go in the same direction. I've tried fork pins which are wonderful for nesting seams but marginal here. Tried Wonder Tape....a 1/4" double-stick tape that washes away and is supposed to not gum up the needle. It holds pretty well but I get a slew of skipped stitches after stitching through the tape. I'm putting my Dear Jane blocks together and the sashings and cornerstones are 1/2" so accuracy is important on this small scale. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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    why not press the seams in the sashings/cornerstones so they nest? seems like that would be the easiest most accurate way to go- if they are sewn down to one side you just clip them to the stitching line so you can fold them in the other direction.
    when i paper piece and have 2 pieces come together where the seams are in the same direction i poke a pin straight into the point of the top piece- then line up and poke straight into the bottom piece making sure they are perfectly joined- holding the pin straight up & down i then carefully pin the 2 pieces together on each side of the straight in pin- that technique may work. place a pin directly next to the seam- then line up with the bottom piece seam- and pin on each side of it then you can remove the center pin
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    If the straight down pin and fork pins to secure don't work for you, though they always do for me, I would have to suggest hand basting first. It takes a little longer but is worth the effort considering all the time you have already put in to the project. I want to see it when it's done!

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    Those intersections can be really fussy. Sometimes it works for me to pin parallel to the seam and as it approaches the needle, withdraw it very slowly. I also sew with an open toe foot so I can see the pin get pretty close to the needle first.
    But in all actuallity, I don't mind twisting the seam. Makes quilting in the ditch a bitch, but if you press well, you may never be able to tell. I would not clip the seam.

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    I would clip so that you can press in opposite directions. Jenny Beyers does this and it turns out great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfstamper View Post
    I would clip so that you can press in opposite directions. Jenny Beyers does this and it turns out great.
    I have never heard of this. Sounds like a great idea. How far below does she clip? Thanks.

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    Have you tried temporary fabric glue?

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    I flip the last inch (more or less) over and iron it well but have never clipped it. It has always worked for me.

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    I'm also a clipper--just below the 1/4"--comes out perfect every time!

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    Tacking works really well and there won't be any pins to get in the way or
    under the needle. Try to tack under the 1/4" allowance so you can remove
    the tack afterwards. Check Rhonda's tutorial here.
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