Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 51

Thread: Seam Issue

  1. #1
    Super Member Theresa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Oregon City, OR
    Posts
    1,000
    This bugs me...I press my seams thoroughly. When an intersecting seam is stitched, the underside of the seam gets pushed and it no longer lies flat. I cannot figure out what to do short of gluing. Is there a solution to this or am I just being to pickie? Would appreciate your thoughts.

  2. #2
    Super Member Quilter7x's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    north east
    Posts
    8,531
    Blog Entries
    1
    Take the pin out just before the needle hits the fabric. If you have the folded piece of fabric on the underside be in the other direction, that will help also. Clear as mud? :lol:

  3. #3
    Super Member leatheflea's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    martinsville Indiana
    Posts
    4,454
    I leave my pins in, sew right over them. The quilt police has never knocked on my door. I think in all my years sewing I've only had 2 pins get hit by the needle. And it caused no damage to my machine or project. But of course some will say never ever ever, but its like all rules, meant to be broken.

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    South Louisiana
    Posts
    207
    I also sew over pins and have only broken one or two pins over all the years I have been sewing. I'm not worried about the sewing police.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Shelley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Wilbur, WA
    Posts
    762
    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    I leave my pins in, sew right over them. The quilt police has never knocked on my door. I think in all my years sewing I've only had 2 pins get hit by the needle. And it caused no damage to my machine or project. But of course some will say never ever ever, but its like all rules, meant to be broken.
    I have hit pins many times over the years. BUT, twice it was UGLY! The first time was not spendy, but my machine was gone for a month waiting for an obscure part that never breaks, but broke that time. This last time cost me over $200. I will be pulling out the pins from now on.

  6. #6
    Super Member feline fanatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    8,824
    I am also guilty of sewing over pins. But not any more. This weekend I hit one and it caught up with the needle and yanked the needle right out. I was very fortunate that nothing was damaged and was able to get the needle out and replace it. I think maybe the thumb screw had loosened up a bit as well. I once took a class where the instructor told a story of sewing over a pin and hit it and it shattered the needle and shards of metal flew up into her face and hit her glasses. She said if she wasn't wearing glasses it would have been ugly as the shard of needle would have gone into her eye.

    But I digress, I too have seam allowance fabric sometimes bunch up or go through and end up being sewn down in the opposite direction of what I pressed it. I don't worry about it. In the end all things line up and once quilted no one will know if your seam allowance is going the wrong way.

  7. #7
    Super Member Theresa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Oregon City, OR
    Posts
    1,000
    As far as sewing over the pins, do you know if they were regular sewing pins or quilting pins? Am more willing to take a chance if the pin is a small diameter.

    I always wear glasses when sewing 'cuz you never know when the needle will break. I've had the same thing happen as feline fanatic. It scared the heck out of me, but was easily resolved.

    Thanks every one for your thoughts! I appreciate it.

  8. #8

  9. #9
    Super Member Central Ohio Quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Central Ohio
    Posts
    1,419
    I try to not sew over pins, but sometimes I just forget.

    Once I sewed over a pin and my sewing machine needle broke and flew up right towards my eye. If I hadn't been wearing glasses, the needle would have gone right into my eye. I am much more careful about removing pins after that.

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    South Louisiana
    Posts
    207
    The pins I sew over are quilt pins and they are very small in diameter.

  11. #11
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    IL Quad-cities
    Posts
    252
    Blog Entries
    1
    Although a bit awkward as I'm right-handed, sometimes I will pin seams together from left to right. That way I can leave the pin in and pull it out just far enough to clear the needle just before the stitch is made.

  12. #12
    davidwent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Ayer Ma.
    Posts
    501
    I usually stop before seam and lift the piece and push the seam down flat, I know it slows me down, but I'm ok with that
    David

  13. #13
    Super Member hopetoquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    2,873
    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    I usually stop before seam and lift the piece and push the seam down flat, I know it slows me down, but I'm ok with that
    David
    That is how I do it. I also never sew with pins. I just line everything up and go. I also am not a perfectionist. I sew only for fun

  14. #14
    Super Member QultingaddictUK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    North Wales UK
    Posts
    2,035
    I never, ever sew over pins but I do have a wonderful stiletto called a "That Purple Thang" http://www.google.com/products/catal...ls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&prmd=ivns&resnum=1&biw=1016&bih=572&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=12693589998614833424&ei=jqIlTaz0OtSwhQfC_aWlAg&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CFMQ8wIwAA# I couldn't do without it :thumbup:

  15. #15
    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    11,194
    Blog Entries
    1
    the quilt police may never knock on your door about sewing over those pins ... BUT IT IS A VERY VERY DANGEROUS THING TO DO AND NOT RECOMMENDED!!! it only takes once to hit a pin, break a needle and put out an eye... and this is no joke. my mother hit a pin, broke a needle which part of flew up and went right into her eye... it didn't kill her, or blind her...but it was a very very bad thing and took a long time to recover from; and i still didn't learn...thought, well can't happen to me, i wear glasses...then i hit a pin...broken needle stuck right in my glasses...and threw the timing out on my machine which cost me over $200 to get fixed...not removing pins before sewing over them can be a VERY COSTLY EXPENSE ALONG WITH THE DANGER INVOLVED.

    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    I leave my pins in, sew right over them. The quilt police has never knocked on my door. I think in all my years sewing I've only had 2 pins get hit by the needle. And it caused no damage to my machine or project. But of course some will say never ever ever, but its like all rules, meant to be broken.

  16. #16
    Super Member QultingaddictUK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    North Wales UK
    Posts
    2,035
    ckcowl, I couldn't agree with you more, never mind the quilt police or Health n Safety officers it is one of the most dangerous and potentially the most expensive thing you can do in Quilting. My friend sewed over a pin and it damaged her brand new Singer so badly it has never been the same since. She had to give it to her daughter and buy anther one for her quilting :shock:

  17. #17
    deema's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,317
    I leave my pins in until I'm *almost* right beside them with the needle, then pull the pin before going on. It's sometimes slow going when there are a lot of seams, but the end result is worth it, to me. But if it's not a seam intersection I don't pin and don't care if my seam allowance flips over - the only reason I care when there is a seam intersection is because of the extra bulk a flipped allowance would give in that one spot. My machine does pretty good over bulky seams, but I like to help her out where I can, lol.

  18. #18
    Senior Member so-sew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    659
    So glad to read all of this. I was lying in bed early this morning planning to start a thread on the same subject. (Do the rest of you find it hard to fall back to sleep when quilting creeps into your mind?)

  19. #19
    Super Member AgapeStitches's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Gastonia, NC
    Posts
    1,092
    Blog Entries
    7
    I sew ***slowly***over pins, only if I cannot keep the material together myself (like trying to sew satin and velvet right sides together...uhg not again).

    so-sew....I too have trouble going to/back sleep whit all the ideas flying around in there. DH finds it agravating b/c I try to bounce ideas off him.

  20. #20
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    182
    I never sew over pins. I pull the pin out just before I get to it. I have done major damage when I sewed over a pin.

  21. #21
    Super Member Theresa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Oregon City, OR
    Posts
    1,000
    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    I never, ever sew over pins but I do have a wonderful stiletto called a "That Purple Thang" http://www.google.com/products/catal...ls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&prmd=ivns&resnum=1&biw=1016&bih=572&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=12693589998614833424&ei=jqIlTaz0OtSwhQfC_aWlAg&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CFMQ8wIwAA# I couldn't do without it :thumbup:
    Ya know, I took a bamboo skewer, shortened it to about 6 or 7", glued a cute bead on the non-pointed end and it works so well. Gotta think about using it more for these seams!

    Am alittle apprehensive about purposely stitching over pins. Had a few "close calls" and those were my warnings!

    Thanks every one for all your thoughts on this issue. I can always count on you for some wonderful ideas.

  22. #22
    community benefactor stitchofclass2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Illinois & Wisconsin
    Posts
    831
    Blog Entries
    33
    Ditto. Same thing happened to me. Costly error. I too have been sewing over pins for years. Not any more.

  23. #23
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    McCalla, Alabama
    Posts
    143
    I recently purchased Pinmoors for my quilting pins. These are dandy little nubbies that are quick to remove. You can sew faster when you can pull those pins out faster. I can send the web site if I can find it, but I found them on this site. THanks to whoever originally posted it.

  24. #24
    Super Member moreland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Manhattan, Kansas
    Posts
    2,167
    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    I usually stop before seam and lift the piece and push the seam down flat, I know it slows me down, but I'm ok with that
    David
    That's how I do it, too. I only have trouble when the bottom seam is facing away from me. When it is facing me, the machine sews right over it--and I can manage the top because I am looking at it. I know this isn't always possible.

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    NE Kansas
    Posts
    494
    My goodness, I might have to quit sewing all together. I'm not suppose to sew over pins especially with my brand new machine. Plus I shouldn't put pins in my mouth. I'm "an old dog"; can I learn these new should not things? :)

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.