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Thread: Keeping fabric edges together on long seams

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    Keeping fabric edges together on long seams

    I attended a class at a retreat this week and the lady told us how to keep the edges of long seams together. Why hadn't I heard this before in the 69 years that I have been sewing?????
    Anyway she told us to hold the bottom fabric with our right hand and to hold the top fabric with our left hand as you match up the edges and then feed the fabric into the sewing machine. I can't believe how easy it is to have edges perfectly matched! Thought maybe I wasn't the only "old timer" or new sewer for that matter, that had not heard of this tip.
    I seldom attend a class but what some tip or technique is taught that is new to me. Isn't learning new things great! I love it.
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    Sounds too easy to stretch the edges that way to me. I'm glad you're so happy with it, but I'll stick with pinning for ease and acuracy.
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    I would worry about stretch as well.
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    I guess we are never to old to learn new things.

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    sounds great. but, as others have said, i'd be afraid of stretching
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    I'm a pinner too. The only time I don't pin is when I'm sewing on binding and even then I'm very careful not to stretch or pull either one.
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    I don't pin when sewing long strips together, but I do stop about every 10 inches or so to re-position. Next time I have long strips to sew together, I will try the two-hand method! Since the strips are cut on-grain, stretching shouldn't be a problem as long as I am careful to simply guide the strips and not place stress on them.

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    I pull mine taut but not enough to stretch the fabric...been doing this for 20 yrs and never a stretching problem
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    I saw a video where a gal was demonstrating this and she wasn't pulling on the fabric, just manipulating it as she sews along the seam. I learned something that day, too.

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    If sewing long strips together I always pin at intervals. I think it helps to keep the strips from stretching and from me pulling on either of them inadvertently.

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    Been doing that for years, and yes it does work. I don't "stretch" the fabric. Just hold it in each hand to guide it. Guess I just thought everyone did it that way!

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    I'm a "holder", not a "pinner" too and have always done it because it saves time. I do a minimal amount of pinning when I'm sewing garments - mostly when inserting sleeves so that I can get the ease required.
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    It's Sew Easy showed this technique, said it's how they do it for commercial products because it's faster and more efficient. I've got an old Pfaff with IDT which pretty much does the same thing. I still put in a reminder pin to slow down if I think a seam I'm going over may be stitched down in the wrong direction.

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    I use Elmer's Washable School Glue ......... glue, sew and when the quilt is finished wash. No stretch, edge is even.
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    I am not sure what you mean. How do you hold both ends of a 40" strip while you sew??

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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty quilter View Post
    I am not sure what you mean. How do you hold both ends of a 40" strip while you sew??
    You would be holding two strips, not one. To sew two strips together, you would be holding one strip in one hand and the other strip in the other hand.

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    that is exactly how ALL of your clothing you buy are sewn. I worked one summer making Carter's Children's wear... you should see those older ladies who have been there forever whipping thru those seams...

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    I'm guessing this is only for sewing strips and not borders?

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    Would this work for the Jelly Roll Race Quilts?
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    i do this method on long quilt pieces, too. i just never gave it any thought. sometimes we just stumble into things, give it a "name" and share it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty quilter View Post
    I am not sure what you mean. How do you hold both ends of a 40" strip while you sew??
    I don't think she meant that we hold the ENDS of the fabric...but probably a comfortable distance from the machine. And then reposition as we go...right hand on the bottom fabric and left hand on the top fabric and line them up as you go.
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    I use elmers glue stick when I want my quilt to be perfect...but mostly I do not pin or glue and it looks fine...but there are times when I wish I took the time and did.

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    I don't think I've ever held my strips like this. I'm going to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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    I pin also.

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    She said hold the fabric not pull on it. I am bad about pulling it too taute. I will try it this way
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