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Thread: Preventing side setting triangles stretching

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    Preventing side setting triangles stretching

    Is it ok to stay stitch the bias side of triangle or would it better to starch? Or would either one cause more stretching?
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    Anxiously awaiting the experts' answer to this one.

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    I would starch, but do it BEFORE cutting, otherwise it'll stretch when you press it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yourstrulyquilts View Post
    I would starch, but do it BEFORE cutting, otherwise it'll stretch when you press it.
    that's my thought, too
    Nancy in western NY

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    If you can, try to cut the triangles so that the straight of grain is along the outside. This means cutting the block twice like an X. That way you are stitching the bias edges to the edge of your blocks right away. Less stretching that way.

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    I owuld starch and cut. The act of adding stay stitching could stretch the side also.

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    I would starch and then do as quoted below! I know this works.
    Quote Originally Posted by dungeonquilter View Post
    If you can, try to cut the triangles so that the straight of grain is along the outside. This means cutting the block twice like an X. That way you are stitching the bias edges to the edge of your blocks right away. Less stretching that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dungeonquilter View Post
    If you can, try to cut the triangles so that the straight of grain is along the outside. This means cutting the block twice like an X. That way you are stitching the bias edges to the edge of your blocks right away. Less stretching that way.
    This might help: http://quilting.about.com/od/rotaryc...g_shapes_3.htm

    If you page backward/forward it shows the difference between 1/2 square and 1/4 square triangles...which ones to use for different triangle needs. It really makes a difference. Happy quilting!
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    I would certainly starch. Press by lifting the iron and then setting it down in a new spot, rather than sliding it back and forth on the block. Not only is starching quicker I think stay stitching would be pretty tedious task. I really like the new Bounce Ironing Spray--it is inexpensive and gives a nice crisp finish to the fabric. Good luck.
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    I find that putting the bias cut on the BOTTOM when stitching two pieces together, really makes a difference. I have never starched my fabrics.
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