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Old 09-21-2021, 08:01 AM
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Try hard as I can but I just can't seem to get perfect points. How do people do it? I'm getting them close, just not perfect..... HELP! Does anybody have a better way?
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Old 09-21-2021, 08:22 AM
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I’m not sure what you’re doing but I know cutting correct is important and also constant same seam allowances. Keep your needle in same position throughout and your 1/4 inch seam with same foot. Other than that I don’t know what to say. Every step is important, that why I say starting with cutting. Good luck.
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Cut and sew carefully and if points need to be perfect, I ad a little bit of elmers washable glue and match them up before sewing. Other then that, some of my quilting is “ pointless”😂
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Old 09-21-2021, 08:51 AM
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Everything Toogie said! There are so many variables too, such as the unit or block being made. I have only ever completed one quilt that had perfect points.

Starch
Pinning
Accurate cutting
Taking your time and willingness to rip and resew a seam or make a new unit.
Being in the right frame of mind.
Try paper piecing the unit or block

I always try my best when making a quilt, but missing points are sometimes unavoidable no matter how much you starch, pin, slow down etc. . If its totally obvious, I redo the offending section, if its just a smidge, I am moving on.
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A few more tips.

Make sure that when you place the ruler on the fabric to cut that the line is over the fabric. If you only bring the line to the fabric edge, it's going to be short by the width of the line.

Starch and press the fabrics first. Starching after can cause the unit to shrink.

Make sure the seam line is at 1/4 inch. Use a thinner thread for piecing. It can make a difference.

When the points really matter, I will make the 1/4 inch line and stitch on the line. Try to sew from the side that so you can see the intersection. Stitch right on the point or one thread width past on the inside of the seam. When you flip and press, it should be good.

Don't get frustrated---just keep going!

Check your pressing technique. Press not iron. Don't iron with the pointed tip which can distort the unit also.
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Old 09-21-2021, 09:35 AM
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The only way I can achieve "perfection" is if I can make the block in question a bit oversized and then trim it...that or paper piecing.
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I glue my seams when the points matter.
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Old 09-21-2021, 10:20 AM
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All your suggestions are so good. Thank you. Here's the 1st block with lots of points. As you can see, they are not perfect. I am using PP and usually points are so much better using that method. It's just that there are so many points to match...... groan.
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For me it is something that just came with practice. Good Luck
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Old 09-21-2021, 10:47 AM
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Thank you for the picture. That is a very pretty block.

Most of your points are really good - maybe you can try to figure out what the differences in your techniques were for the ones that were "right on" and the ones that are "okay from a distance"?

Actually, the only unit I would do over, would be the flying goose on the lower right side in the picture.

A lot of that "imperfection" will quilt out - and when the quilt is washed, the "imperfections" will not be noticeable.

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