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    Question about matching seams...

    I am about 1/3 of the way through piecing a Disappearing 9 Patch top. When I sewed the original 9 patches together, I pressed the seams to one side. Now that I am mixing up the individual squares, I find that sometimes I must sew two patches together where both are pressesd to the same side. I am having a hard time matching those seams accurately! Does anyone have a 'trick' for matching these seams? Thanks in advance for any advice...

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    I don't know the answer, but I too have had the same problem. Will be watching this thread.
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    Probably the easiest solution is to press your seams open. They don't nest together quite as well but a pin usually does the trick.

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    I usually try to press all of my seams open when possible and if my seam is off (I know they are) I just try to hold the pieces until they are as lined up as possible (some never will be) and just pass it really slowly through my sewing machine. Just remember quilting is fun and if someone wanted perfection hand made is not the way to go. LOL

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    I always press seams open now on my quilting. Always did it for clothes sewing and don't know why I didn't continue. It is really easy to match seams when they are pressed open.

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    Back up 6 feet or so. Can you still see it? If you can't, then don't worry about it so much.

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    I sometimes have that problem too. I really try to plan out how I press my seams so that I get nesting seams. But when that doesn't work out so well, I usually choose to flip one seam in the opposing direction and finger press, then pin. However, after more reading about everyone's preferences regarding pressing the seams to one side or open - I am seriously considering trying out open on my next quilt.
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    the way i have heard how to fix and get seams to nest is on the 9 patch you iron the seams to go to the left of the line and then next row goes to the right. and then flips when you put the block together the seams will "lock" or "nest" into place.

    Another way that is gaining popularity is pressing them open. I used to do this and had great results. but my dear old mentor at quilting lectured me in the not to press open.
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    This may not be the "correct" way to overcome this issue... but .. I just re-press about 1/2" of the offending seam... nest .... sew and then clip the seam allowance I sewed to allow it to return to original position..I use the pinwheel method to flatten the joined seams of the 4 connecting blocks...this works for me be it wrong or right...

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    Quote Originally Posted by judy363905 View Post
    This may not be the "correct" way to overcome this issue... but .. I just re-press about 1/2" of the offending seam... nest .... sew and then clip the seam allowance I sewed to allow it to return to original position..I use the pinwheel method to flatten the joined seams of the 4 connecting blocks...this works for me be it wrong or right...

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    that's exactly how I do it

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    I have changed to pressing seams open also. It has improved my piecing 100%. I stick a pin straight through where the stitching is, 1/4 from the edge. Then making sure the pin is seated perfectly straight (not tipped up or down) in both pieces, I put a pin in the right seam allowance. I sew right up to the pin when stitching so the left half of the seam is anchored. Remove the pin and go til the next one. Not as tedious as it sounds....but if you hate pinning this method is not for you. I get a group of blocks ready then sit in the recliner in front of the TV and pin as large a group as possible. You must treat the blocks gently though or the seams will come unstitched at the edge. As long as it isn't more than 1/4" you are ok. I use a pretty short stitch length when sewing.
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    sometimes you can just turn one nine patch to make the seams nestle. if not, flip it by hand, sew and then later press it down again the new way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnFurlong View Post
    I sometimes have that problem too. I really try to plan out how I press my seams so that I get nesting seams. But when that doesn't work out so well, I usually choose to flip one seam in the opposing direction and finger press, then pin.
    This is what I do too. I love the nesting effect of alternate seams. Also, pressed-to-the-side seams seem less likely to have batting fuzz through them as time goes by.

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    Yeah, me too. Nothing wrong with "flipping" the seam to make it nest.

    Quote Originally Posted by judy363905 View Post
    This may not be the "correct" way to overcome this issue... but .. I just re-press about 1/2" of the offending seam... nest .... sew and then clip the seam allowance I sewed to allow it to return to original position..I use the pinwheel method to flatten the joined seams of the 4 connecting blocks...this works for me be it wrong or right...

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    I don't do a lot od seam pressing until assembling the blocks and then put them whichever way they work. My goal is to sew a top with all the seams correct. Haven't accomplished it yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    Back up 6 feet or so. Can you still see it? If you can't, then don't worry about it so much.

    Lol, that is my general philosophy as well Although, I was always told to press to one side I may have to try open.

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    You could try pinning the seams exactly in the stitching of the two pieces, then sew up to the pin as close as possible before pulling it out. I works in a pinch when repressing the seam the other way will cause problems on the next row.

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    I press almost all of my seams open for that very reason. I find it's so much easier to match seams and I never get a tuck at the intersection.
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    I just finished a lap size top in D9P too and ran into the same problem. I pressed all my seams the same on the original 9patches but when I cut them and turned them, some ended up with the seams going the same way and some not. I just went ahead and sewed them the way they were
    pressed. It worked fine but the part that bugs me is that even though I measured the center line carefully some of the cornerstones are not lining up with the next block. Oh well, maybe the next one quilt top will be perfect. I've been saying that for the last 20 years I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    Back up 6 feet or so. Can you still see it? If you can't, then don't worry about it so much.
    Perfect! Thanks...this is what I'm going with! (I really am NOT a perfectionist...not even close. I just didn't want to think I missing something obvious!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by judy363905 View Post
    This may not be the "correct" way to overcome this issue... but .. I just re-press about 1/2" of the offending seam... nest .... sew and then clip the seam allowance I sewed to allow it to return to original position..I use the pinwheel method to flatten the joined seams of the 4 connecting blocks...this works for me be it wrong or right...
    Good explanation. Sometimes I will also take the time to reinforce the stitching where I've clipped the seam allowance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GemState View Post
    Probably the easiest solution is to press your seams open. They don't nest together quite as well but a pin usually does the trick.
    I always press my seams open & this is the reason why. I wish I had a fix for you, but I just don't. Sorry...
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    I have that same issue. My problem is that I hand piece and hand quilt. I was told NOT to press the seams open because hand pieced don't hold to tension bein placed on them. Any hand quilters who press the seams open? It would certainly make matching seams much easier.

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    I make a small clip in one of the seams about 1" down and then press this to the other side. I don't like to press seams open as I do a lot of stitching in the ditch and if the seam is pressed open, you are just quilting the threads not the fabric.

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    I saw this trick on a show once.
    If a seam will not line up right take a piece of 1/2 in scotch tape and with both fabric seams in alignment tape togather then fold in half and sew. You have a perfect 1/4 in seam and your seams are in alignment.

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