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Thread: Stabelizers

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    Okay just trying to learn everything there is to know about quilting..i've decided to take a step up from just a "hobbie" and now I mean buisness! lol
    When I sew triangles, or small pieces together, to stop the machine from getting stuck at a corner or the fabric slipping or anything else, I use pages from an old phone book as a stabelizer, I sew the fabric right on it. And the paper just rips right off aftwards...what else is out there, what does everyone else use? Or how do they make sure when sewing points, the machine doesn't get caught up in it?

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    Start out sewing on a scrap of fabric, butt your next piece right up to the scrap, this helps to keep the pieces from getting sucked into the needle hole. Chain piecing the same way works well too :D:D:D

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    Hey, Your paper methos works fine. You can actually spend money and purchase preprinted paper to do just that especially for piecing triangles. Years ago when everybody was making those nylon flags that were so popular the shop I worked in used cash register paperrolls to stabilize the edges when we serged or zig zagged them.

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    I like using up the old phone books...You send them out to be recycled, and they just end up in the trash with everything else...This way atleast they have a use...;)
    I really just like to know what everyone else does, and uses.

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    I chain piece, and to start and stop, I use small squares that are scrap, sewing them as my start stop pieces, and when done, I have a good start on a scrap quilt. When doing a particular job, every time I have to use a scrap start, I use the scrap pieces beside machine, and when I cut them off, they go into a scrap bucket beneath machine. eventually, it fills up, I press them and replace them on the scrap pile to sew the next time I need a starter. By the time they are used up, I have a dent made in my scrap quilt.

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    It's possible for some sewing machines to have 2 plates - one with an oblong hole and the other with a round. The round hole keeps the fabric from being drawn down into the area.

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