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Thread: Is Stay Stitching Triangles Really Necessary???

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    Do you stay stitch your triangle pieces??? I purchased a pattern (by Jan Douglas) where the instructions call for stay-stitching all the triangle pieces. The only time I've used stay-stitching was for curves in clothing construction. Just wondering if this is as unusual to others as it seems to me.

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    I've never done it.

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    I have never stay stitched any thing for quilting. I just try to be careful when piecing the bias edges.

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    That is very unusual. I have never stay-stitched triangles. If they need to be absolutely accurate, I heavily spray starch the fabric before cutting. Starch stabilizes fabric so it doesn't distort during handling.

    I would think stay-stitching would actually distort triangles if you are stay-stitching on the bias edge!

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    I never have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I would think stay-stitching would actually distort triangles if you are stay-stitching on the bias edge!
    I think so too cause you'd actually be stitching along that edge twice. Twice the stitching, twice the opportunity for stretching. I've become a big fan of starch for triangles.

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    Nope. I'd starch them instead though.

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    Never heard of it before.

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    No I don't

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    That is very unusual. I have never stay-stitched triangles. If they need to be absolutely accurate, I heavily spray starch the fabric before cutting. Starch stabilizes fabric so it doesn't distort during handling.

    I would think stay-stitching would actually distort triangles if you are stay-stitching on the bias edge!
    Ditto!

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    I've never done it on triangles.

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    Never.

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    I have. My avatar quilt was the first on point I did and it was in the pattern for the setting triangles. Helped a lot. I don't do it anymore because I have learned how to handle bias just fine.

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    I haven't stay stitched bias edges. I used to spray starch but now use Best Press instead as it is easier to use.

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    i starch them to death.

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    This probably isnt the same thing but... I made a quilt one time that was set on point, where you have the triangles all around the outside edge. Before I sent it off to be quilted, I stitched all around the outside edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    That is very unusual. I have never stay-stitched triangles. If they need to be absolutely accurate, I heavily spray starch the fabric before cutting. Starch stabilizes fabric so it doesn't distort during handling.

    I would think stay-stitching would actually distort triangles if you are stay-stitching on the bias edge!
    Starching/Best Press is what I do to. Can't imagine stay stitching triangles.

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    no i dont but maybe on a large triangle that would be on the edge and not being quilted right away

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    ive never done it either and i've made tons of triangles...never heard of it, but it probably helps with the stretching of the bias edge.

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    the only time you might really need to stay stitch is for the borders. So they don't stretch when quilting them.

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    Starch, starch and more starch :lol:

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    not necessary if you carefully stack them, pin if necessary and sew SLOW. and watch the beginning and ends of the stitching line.

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    I took a rotary cutting class where the instructor talked about triangles. She was pointing out that - depending on where in a block the triangles are placed - you should avoid cutting one of the edges on the bias.

    Kinda went over my head, but it seems that the stay stitching is trying to achieve what she told us to do without having to be overly concerned about the cutting of the pieces.

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    I don"t think so - just be really careful not to stretch edges.

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    No :-)

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