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Thread: sewing without pins

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    I recently read about sewing without pins and ironing the pieces together. Could someone please enlighten me.
    Thanks, Marion

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    Starched fabric clings well together, I would still pin the crotical intersections though :D:D:D

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    Use Elmer's glue and then iron it to dry. It washes out when washed. (Please correct me if I am wrong here, anyone)

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    I dont pin when I sew. I just nestle fabrics then sew and I keep getting great points.

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    I don't pin while sewing pieces together. But if I have points to line up I will sew about an inch across the point to make sure it is lined up then sew it half one way then flip it over and sew the other half. I found that this way was easier when lining points up.

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    Sometimes I pin and sometimes I don't pin it depends on what I am doing.

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    I don't know about using Elmer's Glue (sounds messy to use), but glue sticks work very well and the glue washes out. I used glue sticks when making a series of 8" hummingbirds, each with 15 to 25 pieces. It made the whole thing possible. Sierra.

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    I can't seem to get my seams to match well without a lot of pinning. In fact, even when I pin I get the odd bad matchup. I can't seem to make myself stitch over glue though. Is it really ok to do that?

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    I am a pinner and a gluer....things get pretty rough if I don't!

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    I only pin if I absolutely have to. Also, I use my trusty bamboo stick to help me line things up. Can't work without it.

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    please --names of glue that washes out --?what is schools glue--i got some school glue in aussie and a trial was a desaster dyes ran+glue stayed wet after ironing

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    here school is glue is just Elmers Glue,its a brand name that everyone recognizes as glue kids need for school,plain white glue
    by the way I very seldom pin.I have used glue sticks when applying pictures or appliques before sewing them down

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    I wondered the same thing.I can usually get a couple points to match, but when I have rows of points,I use a glue stick.

    You're putting glue in the quarter inch seam, not where you sew....if that makes sense.You sew under the glue spot & it works good. Another thing to try is making sure seams are pressed in diff directions, so they nest together better. When matching rows, I glue,sew maybe 5 stitches ,check it, then do same to next intersection etc.When all is matched,I sew the whole long seam.

    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    I can't seem to get my seams to match well without a lot of pinning. In fact, even when I pin I get the odd bad matchup. I can't seem to make myself stitch over glue though. Is it really ok to do that?

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    OK I've done that gluing in the seam allowance and my seams still didn't match up. I know that people do sew through it because I know it's used for bindings and put on at the edge (in the videos). But I can't get myself to try it.

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    I always use a very thin line of Elmers School Glue on all my bindings and to miter my borders. After applying the thin line of glue, I heat set with a dry iron. Then I sew, and wash when completed. No problem at all. Also use glue sticks for machine embroidery applique. Never a problem there either.

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    I don't pin much anymore. Only when crucial points and there is a lot.

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    If you use double sided fusible batting you don't have to pin your sandwich before quilting. It stays in place; of course one begins quilting in the middle and works outwards. When I use regular batting I do pin. Depends on what I'm putting together, but I do like the fusible stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristen0112
    Sometimes I pin and sometimes I don't pin it depends on what I am doing.

    Same here....if I am putting a long row together that has lots of seams I will pin, otherwise, I nestle and that works out pretty well for me.

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