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Thread: 1/4 inch for quilting and when done, it

  1. #26
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    I took a class in rotary cutting...learned a lot about cutting properly...like using the markings on the ruler not on the mat. In fact, she made us turn our mats over to the blank side. The quarter inch seam must be gauged by the thread, needle, foot of your machine. Figure out where that is and mark it or something. Pressing can cause things to be wacky. Place the iron down on the fabric...don't rub it on the fabric. Use starch. (I prewash and starch fabric before I even cut on it.) I found that true-ing up my block sections as I went help tremendously. When making HST's I always cut my blocks 1/2 in larger than the finished size of my blocks....5 in for finished 4 1/2 blocks. True them up using the diagonal marking on the ruler. They make squaring up rules as well to assist if you wish to purchase one. All that being said....it takes lots of experience to be great at it!!

  2. #27
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Another tip that helps to keep the seam straight is to use 1/4" masking tape to make a "wall" on your face plate that the fabric can ride up against to ensure that the fabric doesn't wiggle after it leaves the presser foot. You can also use moleskin (used for shoes) or there are attachments now for the newer machines to do the same thing as the masking tape. Hope this helps.

  3. #28
    Super Member RkayD's Avatar
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    Sep 2010
    Make sure that you are staying 1/4" all the way off the end of fabric. I notice sometimes when I get going and don't pay attention I tend to wander at the end. If you really need some in depth guidelines ~ Look for a book by Sally Collins called Precision Piecing.
    A bed without a Quilt is like a Sky without Stars..Sew On!

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