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Thread: Help!!!!! Deniem rag quilts

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    Have cut out and sewn patches for three rag quilts. Have sewn into strips and now trying to sew them together to complete.

    Have broken three needles trying to sew all four layers together. Is there a secret to doing this? Very frustrated and could use your input please.

    I am fairly new and these are my first quilts

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    Moderator kathy's Avatar
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    I haven't made a denim quilt but I have made blue jeans. Use a denim or size 16 needle, press your seams open and sew slowly over them.

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    community benefactor Knot Sew's Avatar
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    Use needle made for jeans, loosen the pressure holdind the fabric down, A walking foot also helps. I off set my seams so I don't have as many in one place. I saw one made with strips of flannel between the denim strips. No two ways about it they are very heavy and frusrating....good luck :-o

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    I'm thinking needle, I alway use a Denim needle. I've made a couple of demin rag quilts. And yes take it slow.

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    thank you for answering so quickly. I am using deniem needles but will try pressing the seams open.
    with the flannel backing it is quite thick

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    one side denim other side is flannel. going to try sewing slowly this afternoon. keeping fingers crossed.

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    :wink: I have sewn together one whole quilt without breaking a needle. woohoo!!!!

    I turned the seams so one went each way and very slowly sewed over each one. I may get all ten done in time for Christmas.

    Thank you for your help. :D

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    I just finished my first and did jean on top and flannel on back. The hardest part for me was cutting the edges after sewing to make it rag out. This was done the old fashion way with scissors and it was thick! But I love the finished product.

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    Thanks!

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    Super Member Celeste's Avatar
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    Are we gonna get a pictue soon? :D ?!!!

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    I already sent it out for a present.

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    My sewing machine comes with a little doodad that raises the presser foot up in front of a thick seam like denim seams. It's just a set of three shims of plastic that you put under the foot in advance of the seam and then after the seam to ease the foot through the bump. It's meant to prevent broken needles. Good luck!

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    WOOHOO!! All ten blankets was a success. All the grands just loved them.
    Now to learn to quilt something that will challenge me. :D

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    Super Member nanabirdmo's Avatar
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    what :shock: no pictures :?: :roll:
    i'll bet the grands love, love, loved them. what a good grandma you are.

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    I went out and bought a pair of those rag quilt scissors. Great investment. They have them at Michaels for around $20 and i had a 50% off coupon. I want to try a denim rag quilt next. Can't wait to see yours

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