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Thread: Sewing 2 squares together

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    Sewing 2 squares together

    So here"s my problem, I'm trying to sew 2 squares together on all 4 sides but no matter how much I pin, the squares don't line up and shift around. I've tried cutting the squares together but it still doesn't help. Any ideas?

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    try basting them together with a glue stick? i find that pins shift the fabrics a bit with the 'wave' that they create
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    Spray them both with starch then press them with your iron together (one on top of the other)........that should help.
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    Wonder Clips are perfect for this. You don't have to remove them from the edges when you sew. I use to use Wonder tape but it's expensive for a lot of squares.
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    I'm wondering what type(s) of fabrics you are seaming. Quilting cotton shouldn't shift much. If you are trying to sew together 2 pieces of cotton and they are shifting that much, you should try easing up on your presser foot pressure. if your fabrics are knits or something with a nap, you need lots of pins or try dots of school glue.
    The other thing I'm wondering is what project you are making where you need to sew all 4 sides together!
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    You can sew two squares together to make HSTs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    You can sew two squares together to make HSTs.
    Ahh. I forgot about this technique!!
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    Like PaperPrincess, I think your pressure foot pressure may be too tight so that the top fabric is getting held up and the bottom piece is being moved by the feed dogs. I sew lots of squares together and then cut a diagonal X across them to get 4 HST pieces.
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    I starch my fabric when I am pressing then I find them not shifting.
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    ​Try over cutting your squares, draw a sewing line and stitch on the line. Trim the squares to 1/4 inch seam allowances after sewing them.

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    I starch before cutting out...this makes the fabric stiff and easy to cut and then if you like you could starch the 2 squares together...works as well as glue and less messy...if you have a lot to cut...starch the strips together before cutting squares...

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    Could be too much pressure on the foot.
    I don't recall have that problem. May be a good idea to cut a little bigger then trim, if all else fails to solve the problem. I don't starch anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tallchick View Post
    Spray them both with starch then press them with your iron together (one on top of the other)........that should help.

    Sometimes just ironing them together without starch keeps them together long enough to sew......

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    Is it cheating to sew BEFORE you cut?
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    I always over cut (think Eleanor Burns) my squares then trim after I sew them together. I also starch rather heavily.
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    Try starching fabric putting together then cutting out together.
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    I do the same, then they are perfect.

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1 View Post
    I always over cut (think Eleanor Burns) my squares then trim after I sew them together. I also starch rather heavily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    Wonder Clips are perfect for this. You don't have to remove them from the edges when you sew. I use to use Wonder tape but it's expensive for a lot of squares.
    When I use wonder clips I have to remove them when I sew. Otherwise they're in the way.

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