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    Confessions of a Quilter

    I sew over pins. On my vintage singer to my Pfaff 2056! Have for years.

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    I mix stripes with plaids. (The horror!)

    I have to have all my fat quarters folded the same way. Even cute bundles from quilt shops need to be unfolded, pressed, and folded my way.
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    I use only black or white thread for quilting.
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    I don't always wash my fabric...and sometimes I even mix washed and unwashed...

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    I never iron the way you r supposed too......kelly

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    I just looked at the dust in my house and went upstairs to sew anyway ...
    PS You guys are a hoot!

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    Me too! Having been a garmet sewer there is no way to "ease" a sleeve into the armhole without pins and you sewed over them - slowly - so it can be done. However, I do not have a fancy new machine so don't know if you can do this with them or not.


    Quote Originally Posted by vanginney View Post
    I sew over pins. On my vintage singer to my Pfaff 2056! Have for years.
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    If I have a wavy border I sew dart in it where the fullness is before sewing it to the quilt. It's almost invisible. A prize winning quilter at Paducah told me how to do that.

    I use to sew over pins until the needle hit one just right and it did a lot of damage to the machine. The timing went out and the bobbin case got all messed up. The needle jammed but didn't break and fly out.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 04-04-2013 at 07:45 AM.
    Got fabric?

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    BellaBoo that is a prizewinner! Wonderful. My little great grandaughter wrote in the dust under my TV. Think I'll leave it there.
    Last edited by barny; 04-04-2013 at 07:48 AM.

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    I don't pin, I use the lines on my mat
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    I shower with my dog. I have no bad quilting habits, HAHA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiLu View Post
    Me too! Having been a garmet sewer there is no way to "ease" a sleeve into the armhole without pins and you sewed over them - slowly - so it can be done. However, I do not have a fancy new machine so don't know if you can do this with them or not.
    Hey! We've been talking a lot about using Elmer's glue on quilts, wonder how that would work doing this?!

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    I don't use a 1/4" foot. Ever. I tape a full sticky note pad beside my presser foot and use that as a guide.
    I only sew/quilt when I feel like it. And that isn't every day. Or sometimes even every week.
    3/4 of my quilting books have been packed away in the attic since I moved into my cottage 4 years ago. Sometimes I miss them, but not often.

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    I don't put my feed dogs down when I free motion quilt shhhhh!

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    I use sticky notes on the pages of my quilting mags for patterns I want to make. I used to write something on the note to let myself know what the pattern was. Now I just put sticky notes with no writing on them. I guess I want to be surprised when I look through the magazine again.
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    Confession: I am completely unorganized when I sew. The truth - I'm unorganized about everything, but, I can organize other peoples stuff very well! That's because they have to maintain the organization, not me!

    On pins:

    Try putting your pins in the fabric vertically (pointing from the front of your machine toward the back) instead of horizontally (pointing from the side of your machine toward the needle), and put them in at least 1/2 - 3/4 inch from the sewing machine needle point. (The pins must be clear of both the foot and the needle.)

    This works very well; you don't sew over pins and you don't have to pull the pins out of the fabric until you're done sewing.

    Caution - this probably won't work on curves or very small pieces.

    I also use elmers washable glue, and that works fine.
    Last edited by cathyvv; 04-04-2013 at 03:53 PM.

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    I sometimes use the selvages when cutting pieces -- contrary to the old wives tales they don't shrink a lot extra -- when I am a bit short of fabric (44-45" fabric not being that wide...). I love the selvages of batiks -- they are dyed the same as the fabric and if I am a little bit short the selvages work -- for others I make sure I only use the selvages for 1/8".
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    I can't sew until all my housework is done. Is there something wrong with me?
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    I sew over pins as well..........EVEN ON MY LONGARM!!! And so far, so good, although I KNOW I'm gonna regret it one of these days...but I'm trying to stop, I promise!
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    I don't have a stash. Having anything laying around makes me nervous. i don't cover my machine to protect from dust. I don't pin 99% of the time. For every quilt I make for someone else, I want one for myself. My design wall is the floor. My kids jump on every quilt top to make sure they "work." I haven't had my machine serviced in 6 years. I use the cutting lines on my mat for cutting. I once sewed thru the tip of my finger. Ounch! Btw, the statute of limitations on all offenses has passed. Quilting police will not be taking possession of my sewing machine.

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    I mix hand and machine quilting on the same quilt. Obviously I'm not a competition quilter.
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    I too sew over pins.

    Iron? What's an iron? Got 10 fingers for anything that needs flattening a bit, don't have to wait for them to heat up, don't have to unplug them ....

    I use my carpenter's L and T-square instead of the quilters' rulers. If I could figure out how to use my mitre box for sewing, I probably would .....

    I don't think giving a quilt to a dog is a bad thing. At all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy T. View Post
    I just looked at the dust in my house and went upstairs to sew anyway ...
    PS You guys are a hoot!
    Me too...My DH said that we need to clean house because HE'S ashamed of it! I told him to go ahead, but leave my stuff alone. (Actually it's not that bad, we have a path to the kitchen, bathrooms, and tv )
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    If I have a wavy border I sew dart in it where the fullness is before sewing it to the quilt.
    Me, too......

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    Quote Originally Posted by coastienest View Post
    I can't sew until all my housework is done. Is there something wrong with me?
    If that was my rule...I would never get to sew!

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