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    I'm making those wonderful chicken pincushions. BUT how the heck do you get those tails sewn on? I'm having a dickens of a time!

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    Please post a picture of what they look like...it might be easier to help you if we know what type you're making. I love chicken pincushions as well. Aren't they just the cutest? :)

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    They are the log cabin ones. These - http://freebiesforcrafters.blogspot....incushion.html

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    Ha,
    I spent a good part of one daying trying to figure that out, too. Finally, I kept turning that square around until I saw what I had to do. Don't know if you can follow what I did, but when you get to that point, you will have sewn the tail part to the square and then you match OPPOSITE sides together and sew those and this forms the base that makes it stand up,. Hard to explain and even the pictures didn't make it easier for me. Instead of just sewing the two bottom edges, you sew with the tail tucked inside. Fiddle with it until you see how to make it work. Hope this is clearer than mud. HA

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    Umm. Not exactly. I put the thing together, insert the tail and partially sew it on. Then I fill. THEN TRY to sew the thing shut. Trouble is even using my zipper foot doesn't help. I end up hand sewing it closed.

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    For one thing, you leave one of the seams open for a couple of inches so that you can stuff it, or fill it with sand or whatever then sew that section together last after it's filled.

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    i leave a bottom seam open and sew the tails in with the chicken inside out. turn it. stuff it. hand sew the bottom closed. hth

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    i have the same problem....please someone do a video tutorial...

    thank you! (i dream of purple chicken cushions with the red fuzzy head--i know there is a fuzzy ckn posting with very good directions, but I still don't get it..please a video--lols for me in purple)

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    Have yet to try this someday I'll get around to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    i leave a bottom seam open and sew the tails in with the chicken inside out. turn it. stuff it. hand sew the bottom closed. hth
    I was dearly hoping there was a way to machine sew that seam closed.

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    That's where I got the directions, and dang if that tail doesn't look machine sewn. She must have a bigger/better machine than mine.

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    I have the log cabin chicken but found my pins are so very hard to put in where there is a seam. I have her beside my machine and do not always look when putting a pin in her. I used a check fabric and it is so much easier to stick a pin in without looking.
    I have retired my log cabin hen for the check one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmquilter
    I have the log cabin chicken but found my pins are so very hard to put in where there is a seam. I have her beside my machine and do not always look when putting a pin in her. I used a check fabric and it is so much easier to stick a pin in without looking.
    I have retired my log cabin hen for the check one.
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    That's a good point (get it?)! Heh, heh.

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    thanks

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    Terri, instead of trying to hold the tail in place while closing the seam, try this:

    take the tail and lay it in place on the right side of the chicken's "back" (where the two seams meet in the middle. Place the side of the tail that you want to be facing Up (call it the right side of the tail) onto the right side of the back pieces...centered, matching raw edges...Stitch along just the back and tail...just shy of 1/4". Now, finger press the bottom edge at 1/4". Open out the tail...the upper seam allowance will be automatic, as the thickness of the tail will force it into the body.
    Now, all you have to do is stuff and sew closed.
    No matter if you hand stitch the opening, or sew along the folded seam...you only have to worry about the bottom edge...the tail is already secured to the bird.

    Hard to explain without pics...but kind of like adding a piping to a seam.



    Quote Originally Posted by Terri Morin
    I'm making those wonderful chicken pincushions. BUT how the heck do you get those tails sewn on? I'm having a dickens of a time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by margecam52
    Terri, instead of trying to hold the tail in place while closing the seam, try this:

    take the tail and lay it in place on the right side of the chicken's "back" (where the two seams meet in the middle. Place the side of the tail that you want to be facing Up (call it the right side of the tail) onto the right side of the back pieces...centered, matching raw edges...Stitch along just the back and tail...just shy of 1/4". Now, finger press the bottom edge at 1/4". Open out the tail...the upper seam allowance will be automatic, as the thickness of the tail will force it into the body.
    Now, all you have to do is stuff and sew closed.
    No matter if you hand stitch the opening, or sew along the folded seam...you only have to worry about the bottom edge...the tail is already secured to the bird.

    Hard to explain without pics...but kind of like adding a piping to a seam.

    Thanks. That makes sense. For something so simply, it sure isn't.



    Quote Originally Posted by Terri Morin
    I'm making those wonderful chicken pincushions. BUT how the heck do you get those tails sewn on? I'm having a dickens of a time!

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    OMG!! I got lost at this site. There are so many links that lead to such neat items.

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    Oh so easy.I sew trangles turn tight side out.I make 2 sizes of the tail feathers.Connie in CO

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    the tail goes inside the lower seam.

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