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    assembly line sewing

    I've decided that my brain doesn't do assembly line sewing very well. I know it is suppose to make it more efficient but I just can't get myself to do it. I'm working on a double irish chain and I'm struggling to use this method. I start out trying to assembly line sew but I keep going back to "one strip - one block at a time" method. Anyone else feel this way?

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    I'm with you! I like to finish each block before I move on to another. I have started out doing the assembly line method but also find myself sticking to one block and finishing it.
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    If finishing one block at a time works for you, then go for it.

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    Try working on them in small sets of blocks. I tend to do all of the strip sets to start with but from there I break it up in to smaller sets of blocks to work on.

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    I tend to love to chain stitch but if your brain says to finish a block at a time, go for it. just think, you will have all your blocks done when you finish stitching. not a bad thing.

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    For me it depends on what I'm doing and if I am learning a new block or whatever, and the first time I do it I use assembly line methods for different parts. I can best explain it in education terms. You know how some words you have to write down before you are confident you have it spelled correctly? You most likely first "recorded" that word in your brain spelled incorectly. We learn in short term memory and what we need to or can best retain goes into long term memory. This happens most often when we sleep. Then you learn to spell the word correctly and that goes into your long term memory. Now your brain has it recorded twice, but the incorrect spelling will come into your "accessed memory" first when you need to spell it. That's what makes you unsure and you write it out so your visual memory can back up your recorded long term memory. I say all this to explain what's happening. You are trying to change a long term memory way of doing something. If we really like the new way better we overcome the "uncomfortableness" of the 2 memories vying for brain recall space. When I can't overcome that uncomfortableness over a period of time; I just resign myself to the fact that I really like my original method whether others think it is the most efficient way or not. Sewing and quilting is supposed to be fun, creative and relaxing not anxiety creating-so be a Burger King quilter and have it your way!
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    if i have an entire quilt with the same block, i assembly line sew. if the blocks are only similar but with some color variation, i will do them one at time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cagey View Post
    I've decided that my brain doesn't do assembly line sewing very well. I know it is suppose to make it more efficient but I just can't get myself to do it. I'm working on a double irish chain and I'm struggling to use this method. I start out trying to assembly line sew but I keep going back to "one strip - one block at a time" method. Anyone else feel this way?
    I guess my mind is an assembly line. It seems only natural to sew this way.
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    For years I sewed one block at a time... but then the rotary cutter changes my cutting .. and then changed my sewing methods. it took some getting used to .. but took time to get comfortable with it ..my brain was just wired from years of block by block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    if i have an entire quilt with the same block, i assembly line sew. if the blocks are only similar but with some color variation, i will do them one at time.
    I do exactly the same thing. I just finished a churn dash quilt and did the assembly line sewing for it. It went so fast! And if they are different blocks, I do them one at a time.
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    If there are multiple blocks of the same pattern, I will complete one to make sure all is correct, then chain sew the remaining.

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    I get bored doing one block at a time but I still do it with certain ones. Took me a long time tho to get the hang of assembly line sewing. Im doing it in my current quilt it does make it go faster. Good for you though do what works!! I just started making sample blocks before i do a quilt I used to just go all in
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    My mother taught me to chain piece so I do so when I can. The rest of the time I piece as best I can but I always feel guilty of not using my time wisely.

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    Chain piecing is more productive for me. I keep a copy of what I am doing on my sewing machine or nearby so I can look and check that I am doing the correct sewing. This is important because I do stop and start on my sewing quite a bit and I definitely don't want to start sewing only to later find I did it wrong!

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    You should do what works for you. I am the exact opposite. I make my test block to work out any kinks and then I work best doing everything in order for all the blocks.

    I work in a lab and most of us are very effecient at doing multiple analysis on multiple samples simultaneously. BUT...if we step into someone else's set up in the middle it takes twice as long because all of our minds work a little differently.

    I hate to cut everything out in advance and have it laying around. I like to cut the piece I need next for each block. At my BOM they keep telling me I really need to cut everything out before I sew. Doesn't work for me.

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    To be honest, it depends on my mood. I chain piece with no problem, but sometimes I get bored. So, I do what I want-when I want. Even with a sampler quilt, I will often sew 3 or 4 blocks at the same time. I made the four Craftsy free BOM blocks yesterday just for fun, and I made them all at once. As long as I can lay them out it works for me. It would frustrate a lot of people, but I enjoy it. I tried to teach someone to chain piece and there was simply no way she was going to be able to do it. The fun part is that we can all do it our own way, and it will all work out.
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    For me, it depends upon the pattern/block. Some blocks get confusing but for others assembly line just speeds things up.
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    For me, I find cutting a little then sewing a little works for me and my back & legs so that I am not in the same position for more then 5 min. at a time.
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    Oh boy, I just finished a stack and whack and the chain piecing was confusing the heck out of me. I am used to one block at a time as well. It was very weird especially when trying to keep the colors in the right order as I went along. I only screwed up a couple of times, but it's still stressful to do it that way.
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    Piece by piece! I don't have a sense of direction, and still can't tell you north, south, eas tor west directions. lol I can do left, right, up and down. I think that has something to do with it. My husband always says" I could get lost in my own back yard". I go by landmarks, and hope certain business never move!

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    Cybrarian, thanks so much for that lucid explanation! One of these days, I'll understand myself, maybe....

    Cagey, one of the things I dropped out of my life when I retired was the word 'should'. All of my working life, there were hundreds of things that I should do. I came to hate that word. So, I decided to retire it. I refuse to have it around. I like to piece by piece, most of the time, until my brain sees an opportunity to do it another way. I quilt because it is fun and it feeds the creative me that has had so little outlet until now. My advice: Quilt the way that satisfies you!
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    If the pattern is clear and lots of pictures I will do the chain pieces, otherwise I do different. I do cut out all pieces before sewing. I put the pieces in stacks and label them, put them in a plastic tub until needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    If the pattern is clear and lots of pictures I will do the chain pieces, otherwise I do different. I do cut out all pieces before sewing. I put the pieces in stacks and label them, put them in a plastic tub until needed.
    See.....that would make me run screaming the other way. I did a table topper and a tree skirt at Christmas this way and literally gave serious thought to trashing about $60 worth of fabric after I cut it out because it was so stressful to me to have it like that.

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    I love chain piecing and it saves so much thread. It does take practice but I am able to piece several rows at once after having a lot of practice.
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    I think it is just to do what is best for you!!

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