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    I'm working on a pattern with a bunch of 2 1/2" squares. I'm having trouble getting my points to line up. Any tips?

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    First are they cut accurately? Do you sew a series of 2 patches first? If so, sew the seam, then press and make sure the edges line up. If you start with them a little bit off, it will only get worse. If you can press the seams in opposite directions, that helps to nest them. Use pins or glue. Not sure what your pattern looks like, but I have better luck if I piece in smaller square chunks rather than long strips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    First are they cut accurately? Do you sew a series of 2 patches first? If so, sew the seam, then press and make sure the edges line up. If you start with them a little bit off, it will only get worse. If you can press the seams in opposite directions, that helps to nest them. Use pins or glue. Not sure what your pattern looks like, but I have better luck if I piece in smaller square chunks rather than long strips.
    Yes, they line up perfectly with each other. I sew a row of 4, then attached those 4 rows in a block of 4x4. I do 5 times, then sew the 5 blocks together to make a row. I tried to use pins, but the blocks are so small I couldn't feed them into my machine without getting poked. I'm working on a pattern than a fellow QB wrote. I'm testing it for her.
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    You can put double sided scotch tape on them before you sew and that will hold them in place. Put it lower than you seam line so you don't sew through it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian View Post
    Yes, they line up perfectly with each other. I sew a row of 4, then attached those 4 rows in a block of 4x4. I do 5 times, then sew the 5 blocks together to make a row. I tried to use pins, but the blocks are so small I couldn't feed them into my machine without getting poked. I'm working on a pattern than a fellow QB wrote. I'm testing it for her.
    Sounds like you are going about the assembly right. Are you alternating the pressing of your seams? The first row of 4 press to the left, then next, press to the right etc., regardless of the light/dark fabric placement. I think you still need to secure it before you sew. If you are having problems with pins, I'd try the glue
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    This was just on Fons and Porter today. Liz Porter was the guest and Mary Fons was the host. Liz showed Mary a trick. She said make sure the top seam is pointed towards the machine and the bottom seam pointing towards you. That way the machine pushes the seams together forming a perfect point. She had Mary sew several together in chain piecing and all the points were perfectly snug together. They were sewing little four patches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter View Post
    She said make sure the top seam is pointed towards the machine and the bottom seam pointing towards you. That way the machine pushes the seams together forming a perfect point. She had Mary sew several together in chain piecing and all the points were perfectly snug together. They were sewing little four patches.
    I'm having trouble picturing this. Could you explain more?
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    When you sew the four patch, have the raw edges of the seam on the top facing away from your body and the raw edges of the underneath seam facing your body. The machine pushes the top against the bottom one and the seams butt nicely making a perfect corner. Are you pressing all seams before they are crossed with another? My mother used to say'You sew with your iron, talking about apparel, but I think it applies to quilting, too.

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    I agree with all these suggestions...I pin before and after the intersection using very fine silk pins. I sew very carefully over the pins. I never have any problems using this method.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    When you sew the four patch, have the raw edges of the seam on the top facing away from your body and the raw edges of the underneath seam facing your body. The machine pushes the top against the bottom one and the seams butt nicely making a perfect corner. Are you pressing all seams before they are crossed with another? My mother used to say'You sew with your iron, talking about apparel, but I think it applies to quilting, too.
    Yes, I'm pressing all seams, alternating from pressed to the right on one row and pressed to the right on the row below it. I must be slow tonight. I'm still not picturing your method. How do you have seams going back and front, rather than side to side?
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    I glue baste exactly how I want the pieces to go together and then sew. It saves time in the long run to have perfect matched pieces, sharp points and all the blocks be the same size. I'm not one that can sit and sew a perfect block without a lot of aids.
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    The sewn seams sit the same as always. The only thing you're watching for is that the block on the top has the raw edges away from your body and the bottom is opposite. If the seams are pressed in the same direction, it won't nest in as nicely. The reason for having the top edges away is to use the pressure from the presser foot to nest them.

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    Why not sew two or more rows together and cross cut them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    The sewn seams sit the same as always. The only thing you're watching for is that the block on the top has the raw edges away from your body and the bottom is opposite. If the seams are pressed in the same direction, it won't nest in as nicely. The reason for having the top edges away is to use the pressure from the presser foot to nest them.
    I got it now, I really do!!! lol I was thinking about it when I was laying in bed this morning. I just reread your post, and it hit me!! I can't wait to try it now. I makes perfect sense.
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    Excellent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    Why not sew two or more rows together and cross cut them?
    cross cut them??? Maybe its early hour, but I have never heard this term.

    I use the method described by Fons & Porter, been doing that forever. However, I also pin right thru where the seams intersect sometimes to insure that nothing moves. I don't understand why one would get pricked by pins, though??? must be the lack of caffeine yet....LOL!!!
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    Look up the recent threads on using Elmers School Glue to match the points. Lots of people love this method. You use very small dots of the washable glue, hit it with your iron to quickly dry it, then sew.

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