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Thread: problems sewing straight seams

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    Well this is funny in a way, I've made two quilts one by hand stitching and another by machine.
    Now here's the problem , I start out with a straight 1/4 of an inch seam line but when I get towards the bottom...........oops off it goes.
    So does anyone have any hints as to how to keep it on the straight and narrow?
    I've tried drawing the lines , eyeballing and even the masking tape, I don't do it all the time but it sure is becoming most of the time :(

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    I know this has been mentioned before, but it helps me to use a wooden skewer to hold the remaining fabric together as I'm near the end of sewing a straight seam.

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    They also make really pointy tweezers for just this purpose. Some people buy a tool (that can get pricy) called a Stiletto, it is used in the same manner that Renee has said she uses the wooden skewer. I would opt for the skewer. lol If my kids got ahold of it I would only be out a few cents instead of 20-30 bucks! Normally however I just feed it along until the last possible second before my fingers get sucked into the needle. So far so good. One of these days it will get me though. I am sure of it. lol

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    I hope I can explain this right... LOL :) I put a pin in the fabric parallel to the seam line far enough away from the stitching so I don't have to take it out until I have sewn to the end. For some reason, this helps me keep that 1/4" all the way to the end. Before that, I used to run off too.

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    Sew onto an ender, that will stop the veer. Start with a leader and end with an ender.

    Learn all about leaders and enders here:

    http://www.quiltville.com/leadersenders.shtml

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    And slow down!

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    your fabric must be guided all the way past the needle. i keep my left hand on the fabric as it goes under the needle. the feed dogs will tend to pull it to the left or right if you let it. stilleto works too.

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    Hey thanks! I always use a leader but didn't realize an ender helped with the end of the seam. I love this board and all you guys with these little tips!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Sew onto an ender, that will stop the veer. Start with a leader and end with an ender.

    Learn all about leaders and enders here:

    http://www.quiltville.com/leadersenders.shtml

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    We all learn from each other !!
    Love CoriAD's suggestion!

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    I bought a stiletto and only cost about 4.95. I didn't realize they could cost 20.00-30.00 bucks. Mine is plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingleberry
    I bought a stiletto and only cost about 4.95. I didn't realize they could cost 20.00-30.00 bucks. Mine is plastic.
    I have the plastic handle stiletto too....use it for holding layers together in all kinds of ways. Including at the end of a seam. It definitely helps there.

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    Thanks for the advice. I will try the skewer, and the end runner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Sew onto an ender, that will stop the veer. Start with a leader and end with an ender.

    Learn all about leaders and enders here:

    http://www.quiltville.com/leadersenders.shtml
    I have learned to rely on the lead4rsw and enders. I HAVE FOUND i DONT GET BIRDNESTS NOW ON MY QUILT'

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    One of the tips they gave us at our quilt guild: Measure 1/4" to the right of the needle all the way down to the edge of your machine. Mark with a marker. Then place a few layers of the blue painters masking tape down the line that you marked. This allows the fabric to be guided into the needle area without any problem. Also, you can buy a package of about 25 bamboo skewers in a package at Wal-Mart for roughly $1.25. These make great stilettos and you have a large supply. LOL

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    Bamboo skewers are great. I sew on a vintage Singer and used about 3/8" off the end of a skewer to replace the set sdrew on the small belt wheel. Been sewing with it like that for several weeks now with no problem.

    You might be veering because of having your markings too close to the needle. If you mark the 1/4" mark all the way to the front of your machine it will help keep the fabric straight.

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    Good tip. Thanks. :thumbup:

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