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    I am working on a top and was having trouble getting my seams to stay lined up. So I started doing the glue, which is helping. Well now, when I get a row stitched, I take off my glasses and look realllllly close to make sure my seams are lined up. WHY am I doing that? If I can't see it without my nose an inch away, why does it matter?? I am stuck in this anal mode worrying about my seams being one thread off and I know it's stupid yet I keep doing it.

    And I ripped out two areas to line up the seams better. One was pretty bad though-from before I was using the glue.

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    I was doing the same thing and finally my quilting teacher said "Gail....if it is less than 1//8th inch off...LEAVE IT!" LOL....So I am doing a little better now :D

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    Relax! It doesn't have to be perfect! Quilting is supposed to be fun.
    If I took my glasses off to look at something close up, I'd see a blur. lol

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    I used to do the same thing gale :roll: I am getting better at the close is good enough mentality. When I quit let it get to me so much, I was much less stressed and enjoyed quilting even more :D:D:D

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    what kind of glue are you using for the seams

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    I'm using Elmer's School Glue.

    And I'm so glad I'm not the only one that does this. :mrgreen:

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    Oh btw, if you use the glue you need to iron it to let it dry completely before sewing over it. At least I think you do and it sounds like a good idea.

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    Same here - I have a 3x rule. If I take it out twice and on the third try (even with new pieces) it is still off - it stays off.

    I found out over time that those "glaring errors" when we see the piece close to our nose WILL disappear once the top is put together and the quilt is quilted. Used to insist that the "glaring error" would just jump up and bite me every time I look at the quilt - and then I literally couldn't even find it later. So I don't stress any longer. I still have my 3x rule though.

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    Relax, gale!!! The Quilt Police aren't going to be visiting any time soon :) If they came every time we (and I mean ALL of us!!) were "off" on our seams, they'd be pretty busy...LOL

    No one will know except you...unless you've missed it by a mile (which I doubt)! Quilting hides a multitude of sins, believe me :) Just enjoy the process. The finished project will be great :)

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    Hi Gale,

    We are always most critical of our own work. Knowing this, we have to teach ourselves that everything does not have to be perfect. I think you have a good guideline going, if you can't see it with your nose an inch away, it's ok. It's a start.

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    Just chalk it up to the "Hoosier in ya", one of the stories about the meaning of Hoosier's is, "a hoosier will always do a good job."

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    I am working on a top and was having trouble getting my seams to stay lined up. So I started doing the glue, which is helping. Well now, when I get a row stitched, I take off my glasses and look realllllly close to make sure my seams are lined up. WHY am I doing that? If I can't see it without my nose an inch away, why does it matter?? I am stuck in this anal mode worrying about my seams being one thread off and I know it's stupid yet I keep doing it.

    And I ripped out two areas to line up the seams better. One was pretty bad though-from before I was using the glue.
    Glue - great stuff. DOESN'T WORK WHEN YOU TRY TO PRESS SEAMS OPEN! Don't ask me how I know that!

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    Oh my dear Gale, I wish I was close enough to visit you and I'd hide your seam ripper for even THINKING about re-doing seams that are a bit wonky. Friends don't let friends rip out wonky seams!

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    Do you use starch? Ever since I started using HEAVY starch my seams are
    much much better. Give it a try and I'm pretty sure you won't need any glue
    for piecing.

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    Relax and enjoy quilting no one is perfect!

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    I will rip twice and if I can't get the seams to line up, I just go on. I find if I match them up and put a pin in front of the seam line it stays lined up. I wouldn't have the patience to wait for glue to dry. Starch just builds up on the iron and I haven't used it in years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingleberry
    Starch just builds up on the iron and I haven't used it in years.
    Not if you do it right. After applying the starch I let it soak for at least 30
    mins but very often overnight in a ziploc in the fridge. When I'm ready to
    iron and if the fabric is too wet I roll it a towel then press with a cloth on top
    until I get all the steam out...then remove the ironing cloth and finish
    ironing. Might not be for everyone but it saves me from a lot of grief.
    If ever I get a bit of starch on the iron I wipe it with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

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    I just clean the starch off the iron with vinegar. Works like a charm.

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    I think you are right.

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    I've read in other threads about using glue but I thought that was for applique. How will glue help line up seams :?:

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    The glue holds them together pretty well and there are no pins to worry about. When I use pins I pin both sides of the seam and walk my machine over the pins. I hate doing that.

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    I've heard the Amish intentionally put a mistake in each quilt because the only things perfect are made by the Lord. So for quilting purposes consider me Amish! :-D

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    My question is, how many people are going to be laying ON the quilt to look at the seams? You should look at it from at least 4 feet away, as most people will who will be looking at it. Where are you standing when you go to a gallery to look at fine art paintings, or at a quilt show? My point, Back Off Jack!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    The glue holds them together pretty well and there are no pins to worry about. When I use pins I pin both sides of the seam and walk my machine over the pins. I hate doing that.
    I wouldn't want to use glue on seams because it will affect the lay of the fabric when you press it to one side or try to press it open. I prefer to pin the seam join, approach it slowly and remove the pin just as the needle is ready to penetrate the fabric. You should never sew over a pin; nicks the needle and can mess up the throatplate when the needle strikes the pin.

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    At the Hattiesburg quilt show there were over 400 quilts - and believe me they were absolutely GORGEOUS - BREATHTAKING as a matter of fact - lots of originals, art quilts, log cabins, the Hoffman challenge.... and if you stuck your nose right up on the quilt - guess what - lots of seams didn't match... stars were kinda wonky - etc... but believe me, the main focus of each and every quilt was NOT "do the seams match perfectly?"
    Now that doesn't mean that a half inch off is in the ballpark but come on - give yourself a little leeway!!

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