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Thread: I read before I cut - but then I read some more - now what?

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    I read before I cut - but then I read some more - now what?

    Ok.. I have been reading what I feel is quite a bit on quilting. I have done a fair amount of quilting as well. I have had the 1/4" seam embedded into my mind. I am starting memory quilts for my sister with my nephews clothes (jeans, jacket, shirts, ect..) I have made all of plans and started to cut. Then recently I was reading some posts on denim quilts.... and since I have some denim that I will be using I read through most of the thread. There were a couple comments about using a 1/2" seam instead of the 1/4" seam - ugh. I already have my cuts made.. based on a 1/4" seam. So I can't really go back. What should I be prepared for now that I have to use the 1/4" seam allowance? Is there something that I should do to make the 1/4" seams work easier? Please let me know

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    maybe reinforce the seams with a second row of stitching?

    edited to say: oops i didn't read your post correctly. I thought you were worried about it falling apart, not ease of sewing. Sorry.
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    How about Fray Check on the denim?
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    After sewing the 1/4" seam, I would sew 1/8" from the seam on the wrong side of your block. Denim is notorious for unravelling when washed, so this would give you some insurance against that.
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    You could try using a double needle and save time. I would split the difference and sew a 3/8" seam using the cuts I had.
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    That's what I was thinking.
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    Thank you for your replies.. so maybe all is not lost I may take all of the suggestions. I will sew the 1/4" and then the 1/8" as well. (I think my new machine my have the double needle set up - I just have never used it) I have used fray stop before, and I would rather take the time now and use it because I would hate for it to unravel and come apart.... I am still a little concerned about the bulk if I do 1/4" and 1/8" sewing...

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    You could always use a serger to piece denim, a serged seam if set up properly should do a 1/4" seam and will protect it from unraveling.

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    1/2" or even larger seams are usually used for rag quilts. Was that the case in the thread you were reading? Maybe 1/4" is fine for what you're doing, particularly if your quilting lines are close enough to prevent seams from opening.

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    A serger is probably a good idea, but I don't have one. I just recently was able to pull the money together to get a good sewing machine.... maybe I will keep a serger in mind

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    dunster: I like your reply Maybe 1/4" will be fine for what I am doing. I don't think the thread originally started out about rag quilts - but some of the pictures were definitely rag quilts.... so maybe some of the comments were on rag quilts as well....this is encouraging

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    Where are you located in Indiana? You could borrow my serger if you are close to me. Send me a pm if you are interested
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    Interesting - I didn't know that about denim quilts. Makes sense though. Guess I will have to keep that in mind if and when I ever decide to do one.

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