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Thread: Strip piecing by hand?

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    Hello all! Is it advisable to piece strips together by hand and then rotary cut across the seams? I know this is a great time-saving technique for machine piecing but it seems like hand-pieced seams might not be strong enough to withstand the rotary cutter. What are your thoughts? I'd like to do a "wonky log cabin" but I'm afraid to cut across my hand-pieced seams in order to "wonk" them.

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    I would not hand piece a strip. I would say if you do handstitch you wound need to resew the ends that were cut.

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    Strip-piecing is strictly a machine piecing technique. It would not work for hand piecing.

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    You would need your stitches to be very tight and close together or they would probably come undone.
    Try it on some scraps and see what happens :D:D:D

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    It doesnt work, trust me on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liminanc
    It doesnt work, trust me on this one.
    Ha! Ok -- I'll trust you.

    Does anyone have a suggestion for how to do a wonky log cabin when piecing by hand?

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    I would either make up templates for the size strips you want that start at one end with 1/2" and end at the other with 1" or whatever the dimensions you need are and use the template to cut them individually. I use regular printer paper to make templates. Or I would have the strips cut, lets say 2 1/2" wide and however long and just sew them together starting with 1/4" seam on one end and ending up with a larger seam on the other end so you get that wonky look. Don't know if I have made myself clear. I do regular log cabin by hand, have never done the wonky, to fussy by hand for me.

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