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Thread: 1/4 inch seams

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    I have a quilting problem that I would like some suggestions from other quilters. I have been out of quilting for a few months and have forgotten this important technique.
    I can sew a consistent 1/4 inch seam when piecing. However when I come to the end of the seam it moves over on the last 2/3 stitches so it is less than 1/4 by just a smidge. This is not good when you are doing miniatures. Can anyone help?

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    try putting a small "ender" piece of fabric before the seam if you're chain piecing. doesn't have to be a big piece, and you can throw it out when you're done.

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    Good advice above. Another tip is to use your straight stitch throat plate rather than the zig zag one. Another one is to use a thin point of something, like a skewer, to help keep the fabric going straight.:)

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    Starch can help make things behave, too.

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    1/4 foot on your sewing machine would help also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bstock
    1/4 foot on your sewing machine would help also.
    I use a 1/4 foot but I have the same problem she is having. I like the idea of an "ender" and am going to try it.

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    I use a stiletto to hold the ends of the piece & guide them thru can't sew without it! I have also seen videos where they use long, thin tweezers to hold the very ends, especially in curved piecing.

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    I used to have that problem because I was going too fast

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    The stiletto works great for me.

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    i found chain piecing helped me with that issue... and I also slow down more now near the ends and it helps too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yolanda
    I used to have that problem because I was going too fast
    I STILL have that problem because I go too fast!!!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by SparkMonkey
    Starch can help make things behave, too.
    I am a true believe in starch - great to use when PP as well

    Although I don't get the show on TV any more, I believe I saw Kaye Woods use a scrap piece of fabric when she started and finished chaining pieces together.

    I am really getting sick of remodeling shows & home buying shows on tv. The craft & quilt shows are being shown less and less - UGH

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    I have this problem as well, so am curious to see any solutions.

    I am really getting sick of remodeling shows & home buying shows on tv. The craft & quilt shows are being shown less and less - UGH
    I don't get ANY sewing or quilting shows :( Our PBS station says it shows them, but when I go to watch, it's always something different.

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