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Thread: Strip Quilting

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    Member Nannie4's Avatar
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    I hope I'm not jumping in on anyone but this is my first time on the Quilting Board and I have a question about strip quilting. When I sew my strips together then cut the blocks the size they are supposed to be, I have trouble with the seams coming apart where I cut. Does anyone have a suggestion or solution to this problem? I hope I did this right.

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    Nannie4 from KY

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    Are you sewing your strips by hand of machine? If your sewing by hand I don't believe you can cut your strips.

    Janie

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    You could try using a shorter stitch length. Also if they are only coming apart at the very ends, when you sew blocks together it'll hold the stitches in place.

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    I would definitely shortren the stich length. When piecing I usually have mone set at 1.8 or 2.0. Try not handling them so much after they have been cut. Hope this helps.

    Joey

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    Thank you all for the suggestions. bebe, I'll check out that website. I'm machine piecing and the shorter stitch might help. I will certainly try it. I made a baby quilt last week with strips and I had to go around the edge and resew the ends so that I could bind it. Thanks again!

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    Before you press your seams, set them in place with the iron. Just place the iron briefly over your sewn line and press them for a bit. This will help burry your seams into the fabric and when you press them to one side or the other, you are less likely to see your seams coming undone. Done move the iron as you do when you are ironing. Just hold it in place.

    Maria

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I already do that. I'm going to try the shorter stitch length and hopefully that will take care of the problem. I really appreciate everyone being so helpful and quick to respond.

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