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    Ok, let's be honest

    Let's be honest, does everyone sew straight? Gee, maybe it is just me! Ok, I have firgued out to slow down and not hurry that helps. Sewing over straight pins does take me off track so I try to stop take the pins out. I still have to be very careful..is it just me? I would like to hear from you on this.

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    Haha, nope! I'm pretty good about it, but honestly, no one's perfect enough to sew straight every time. I'm just happy if it comes out around a quarter of an inch!

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    Straight...hhhmmmm... you do realize that straight is all relative don't you ? LOL It was straight when I started then it hit a curve, but is now straight for that curve - is that what you mean- if so well then heck yea I sew straight otherwise uuuhhhhh well.... uuuhhh nope But I can usually make it work , does that count ????
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    you hit the nail (rather pin) on the head when you said "slow down" Fast and speed is the grimlin in quiltmaking.
    Also, have you noticed how the feed dogs grab the fabric at the end of the seam and veer to left making the seam at a critical point smaller. Or is it to the right....
    I took a class from a very fine quilter who does small quilts. The thing I noticed watching her was how slow she goes and used something to help guide the seam. I tried it and it works. There are certainly some long seams that you can go faster but mostly just slow the dumb machine down and sew straighter.

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    slow and steady wins the race

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    Perhaps that is the attraction of making the serger quilts. It is easier to sew fast and straight with the serger.

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    I cut and sew just fine - straight as can be - but all my patterns and rulers are veering to the right! Sometimes they are off by a quarter inch or more! I wonder if I can get my money back?
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    HaHaHa! That's my problem too!
    Quote Originally Posted by Kooklabell View Post
    I cut and sew just fine - straight as can be - but all my patterns and rulers are veering to the right! Sometimes they are off by a quarter inch or more! I wonder if I can get my money back?

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    Amazing my squares come out great! Today I have been sewing on the newer machine,I usuallysew on my old vintage singer, it is heavier and seems to hold the fabric and control my urge to wonder..... guess that will be my story anyway.

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    I only sew fast when its really long straight seams. I prefer a nice steady moderate pace, and I get better results.

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    I can't sew straight to save my life ......close, but nope, not always straight.
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    Im a new quilter getting better but not perfect. I think I sew too fast and veer off to the left by a thread or too. I need to slow down to get a straighter line.

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    I sew straight and fairly fast. I don't pin either. But then I've been sewing on a machine since I was 8 or so.

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    I always sew straight. I find it easy for some reason. Never needed to use the seam ripper so I threw it away a few years back. ...hang on, Elvis and Johnny Cash are knocking on the door again. Maybe they can help me get rid of the aliens who crash landed in my garden, they're eating me out of house and home!
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    I sew slow and don't use pins.

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    I cant sew a straight 1/4 inch seam to save my life..
    I cant make a perfect point...
    I cant make all my seams nestle perfectly against each other...
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    I CAN make a quilt that will wrap someone in warmth..
    I CAN make a quilt to show that they are loved
    I CAN make a quilt to hug them when I am not around..

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    It starts out straight........
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    I'm very consistent......consistently wobbly, no matter how I try to sew. It all works out fine in the end. Have become the master of fudging things. I quit beating myself up about it long ago and just enjoy the process.

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    Sometimes I amaze myself with my almost perfectly straight seams. Notice the almost in that sentence?

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    I think only in quilt heaven are the seams straight! We can only strive to achieve. I try to measure and trim every step so I am not that far off at the end. But I do wonder, how can such a small difference add up to so much at the end?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine- View Post
    I always sew straight. I find it easy for some reason. Never needed to use the seam ripper so I threw it away a few years back. ...hang on, Elvis and Johnny Cash are knocking on the door again. Maybe they can help me get rid of the aliens who crash landed in my garden, they're eating me out of house and home!
    Elvis, Johnny and the aliens can't be at your house - they're at mine, admiring my perfect seams.

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    I have noticed a lot of teachers on videos not youtube either, sew a bit crooked too. So we aren't the only ones. It does help to put the needle down when you stop so you start in the same spot. I don't sew as straight as I used to either, getting old is the pits.
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    LOL My ruler moves a lot too. I am doing better but straight is not one of my good traits, especially if you really look close.
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    As hard as I try...I very seldom get a perfect straight seam, but practice makes perfect right!!! LOL

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    Nope, I try. When I come to an intersection the stitches get smaller and it goes crocked.
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