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Sewn down seam allowence.

Old 02-15-2016, 01:10 AM
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As hard as I try I sometimes stitch my seam allowence down going the wrong way. Should I pick those out and re stitch them as I go or do you just iron them flat? I'm still learning and it seems I pick out more stitches than I sew in sometimes. I can't wait until I get this process to go a little smoother.
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:34 AM
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IMHO - I leave them unless it is something that will be seen through a lighter colored material. I say that because I too would be doing a lot of 'reverse' quilting. When everything is put together you won't know they are the wrong way. But, that's just my opinion.
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:46 AM
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I took a class by AQS Show Director Bonnie Browning. She suggested just making a snip in the fabric near the intersection (be careful to cut inward, close to the line of stitching, but not through it), flip the seam the correct way & then press it down. No one is perfect & if it's good enough for QuiltWeek, it's good enough for me.
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Old 02-15-2016, 02:18 AM
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I looked at the back of some quilts of a known quilter and she had some stitched in the wrong direction. I don't remember which quilter it was but she left them. I figured they would never show unless someone was inspecting for a show
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Old 02-15-2016, 03:55 AM
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I try to fix them as I go, but have left some if I think it will not be noticed on the right side. I do a lot of pressing as I go, so most do end up turned toward the correct side.
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Old 02-15-2016, 04:40 AM
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This happens to all of us because the feed dogs just catch the edge and pull a seam allowance under. I think it creates a problem-especially when using s DSM. I check every seam as I sew or press. If one is turned wrong I fix it. It involves only clipping a couple of stitches to free it and then restitch it.
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Old 02-15-2016, 05:32 AM
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I was fixing all these stitches, then I bought a long arm (very used) and started doing my own quilting. I can't even find where the stitches went the wrong way after quilting or while I am doing the quilting. The exception is, if the fabric is too dark and you can see it on the front. Then I fix it. Or, if the seam is just too darn bulky.

I have been known to turn the seam in the middle so that it points in the right direction. Having said that, I don't ever do any stitch in the ditch quilting, or right next to a seam line. Those turns could show up if you do your quilting like that. My quilting is all free hand or pantograph designs. Mostly pantos. They hide a multitude of piecing sins.
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Old 02-15-2016, 05:43 AM
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I just press the right way (letting the seam allowance fold) and go on. Don't have time to pick and resew seams, esp when it won't matter in the end.
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Old 02-15-2016, 06:08 AM
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This happens to me all of the time! I press a "flip" into the seam a little ways from the intersection. It is easier to make it flat there. The batting takes in a lot of imperfection in our finished quilts. I prefer not to make any snips as I think this can alter the quilt integrity - but, this is only me and my opinion.
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Old 02-15-2016, 06:16 AM
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I try to be careful using pins so that they will stay in the correct position. I prefer to have my seams nest. Otherwise, I just press them how they are sewn (unless under a lighter fabric)
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