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Thread: Open seams and stitch in the ditch?

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    Super Member gramquilter2's Avatar
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    Yes, you can press the seams open and stitch in the ditch. Leah Day says use smaller stitch length and go for it. It does work. I have also read that pressing them to the side was done because of hand piecing.
    I don't know how to do that.....YET!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmckenzie View Post
    I don't understand why people are opening the seams? In some situations it may be necessary but it's weaker and looks bad because the thread shows. You should see them on the long arm...what a mess! Some use white thread throughout the quilt. Yes...then you have fun coloring all your thread so it doesn't show which may also further weaken the thread.
    I have never had anything but compliments on my quilts by those who Long Arm for me. . I press open... and none of my seam threads show. I have gotten plenty of compliments on how flat my quilts lay when they are being worked on by the pros.
    Having the seam thread show is typically the result of tension problems , and not setting the seam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mme3924 View Post
    Maybe we should designate a new stitch: SNTD -- for Stitch Near the Ditch. I don't stitch IN the ditch either but near it.....because I don't care if the stitching shows, and sometimes want it to.
    I think there's already a name for that. Echo quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie Pearl View Post
    I don't FMQ yet I SITD. I am making a throw for my couch and plan to try pressing the seams open to see how I like it. Can you still SITD with pressed open seams because you'll just be stitching over the stitches?
    You will be stitching on top of the piecing thread and it is certainly possible for the machine needle to cut some of those threads with a most unpleasant result. I know because I have already made that mistake and wound up with a project with a hole that had to be whip stitched together. froggyintexas

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    I don't know if this is "correct", but I press the seams to one side, then when I SITD stitch next to the seam on the opposite side, the thread is almost hidden that way. I wouldn't mind being informed about whether my "way" is a good one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lclang View Post
    Press them open to reduce bulk and then use the serpentine stitch centered over the seam. Makes a nice wavy quilting line that is perfect!
    I agree with this suggestion.

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    I do the serpentine stitch too. I hate having to stay in that tiny skinny ditch.

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    I don't press seam open unless several pieces join at the same point, like a pinwheel. I think it weakens the piecing.

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