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Thread: Bah! I knew I should have pinned my border!!!

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    Senior Member momto4's Avatar
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    i was sewing my border on my quilt and got done and went to iron and it was all wonky and puckered. I thought about pinning it first but thought naw i can do it. So I spent the evening with the stitch ripper! No more shortcuts lol. Do ya'll always pin before sewing?

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    Yes. For that very reason. Sometimes I will hand baste so that it doesnt have a chance to move.
    Sorry that you had to rip all that work out...

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    I don't pin when I am sewing sections together for my blocks, but when I am sewing LONG seams, like sashings and borders I always pin.

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    I said "I don't need to pin", got awful messiness, and always overpin now. The seam ripping parts annoys me so it's worth the time spent better preparing to sew rather than redoing. Less frustrating too :)

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    If you hear your brain saying "I don't need to pin that, it will turn out fine" - pin. That phrase is the kiss o' death ;)

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    LOL Lucy you are too funny. Ya'll are right though. It is definitely a mistake I wont make again. I never pin my blocks, but this is the first border I have done that is this large now I know PIN PIN PIN!!! Oh well guess I have more to do in the morning hehe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momto4
    LOL Lucy you are too funny. Ya'll are right though. It is definitely a mistake I wont make again. I never pin my blocks, but this is the first border I have done that is this large now I know PIN PIN PIN!!! Oh well guess I have more to do in the morning hehe.
    I did a group of blocks today that you're not supposed to pin. You cut on an angle and resew, so the seams won't match up. It took all my will power not to try to force them together.

    I tend to overpin. I can see my not-perfect seams staring at me

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    I started off pinning, but kept forgetting about taking the pins out as I fed the material through the machine. After suffering a fairly deep stab wound I decided not to pin anymore. I don't want to bleed on my quilts.

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    If it's 6" or more then I'm usually gonna pin it...that frog stitchin' really spoils my fun. With borders, I find the middles,pinch and pin...then pin each end...then repeat finding the middles of each of those sections,pinch and pin again...however many times it takes to make the body fit the border. Hope that makes sense...I may not have explained it very well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbinwinder
    If it's 6" or more then I'm usually gonna pin it...that frog stitchin' really spoils my fun. With borders, I find the middles,pinch and pin...then pin each end...then repeat finding the middles of each of those sections,pinch and pin again...however many times it takes to make the body fit the border. Hope that makes sense...I may not have explained it very well...
    I know that's the right way to do it, but I don't have the patience for that. I pin one corner, pin all the way down, trim the border to fit. The pseudo lazy way :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnolia
    I started off pinning, but kept forgetting about taking the pins out as I fed the material through the machine. After suffering a fairly deep stab wound I decided not to pin anymore. I don't want to bleed on my quilts.
    I use IBC silk pins, and slow down when I sew over them and I've had minimal trouble. I manage to bend a pin in half every once in awhile, but overall it's much easier. And they've never been so bad that they make me bleed............

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    I very rarely ever pin anything. It is a personal preferance though. I know a lot that do faithfully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbinwinder
    If it's 6" or more then I'm usually gonna pin it...that frog stitchin' really spoils my fun. With borders, I find the middles,pinch and pin...then pin each end...then repeat finding the middles of each of those sections,pinch and pin again...however many times it takes to make the body fit the border. Hope that makes sense...I may not have explained it very well...
    Depends on what I'm sewing, but with something big, then I do my pinning the same way as Bobbinwinder.
    Thanks for explaining this, and yes, you explained it very well.

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    I learned the hard way it pays to pin.

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    I learned long ago - the hard way - to pin like crazy!! :)

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    I started out not pinning and after never having seams match and battling toomany borders, I decided that it is worth the little bit of extra time to pin. Much faster than sewing, ripping then sewing again. I'm considering giving Amma's glue pinning on some blocks.

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    I'll admit it..........I am a pinner. I was a dress maker long before I was a quilter so yes, I pin.

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    I don't always pin, but I never seem to have a problem.

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    One a long border I will pin every 6-8 inches and STILL sometimes get that wonky crud. I think ok did I cut this the right way? I think when I sew SLOWER I end up with less wobble on the edge. I kill myself with pins all the time, thankfully my own spit gets my own blood out .. could be why I never use white as a filler fabric lol. I cant stand however running over a needle and breaking my machine needle. Now that is a total drag. Oh and I love to use the fusible batting, it hold the fabric pretty well in place.. if you havent tried it, you might give it a whirl.

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    Another pinner here. The few times I've decided not to I ended up with wonky borders. We each find what works best for us, sometimes the hard way. :)

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    On a long seam like a border, especially if it was cut on the crosswise grain (from selvage to selvage), it might help to use the walking foot. Be careful not to pull or push the fabric through the machine, too. If you are sure that both pieces were cut the same length and you still come out with one piece longer, then one layer didn't feed through the machine correctly. Since the seam is straight, you will end up with one side puffy. So you have to decide whether to fix it or hope it will "quilt out".

    I am just now stitching 14" blocks together with my 1/4" patchwork foot and had the same problem on one seam, even with pinning. I'm ripping and remeasuring to double check the accuracy of my 14" and then put on my walking foot before I restitch.

    ETA: I just checked my measurements, one block was off by 1/4" at one end. I had to square it up again.

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    I'm an "over pinner".....I too sewed clothes before learning how to quilt....just habit I guess

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    Did you measure across the center of the quilt top to get the correct measurement for the border, or did you just sew until you got to the end?

    I generally pin at the ends, in the center and again in quarters. The rest, I adjust as I go.

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    I pin a lot when I am piecing or adding borders. It seems to keep things working better for me.

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    Yes, but I glue baste them on :wink:

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