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Thread: STITCHING IN THE DITCH

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    Stitching in the Ditch:
    ok, you are looking at your block, seam line is right down the center, your seam allowances are pressed to your right...
    now...to stitch in the ditch, do you stitch to the right of the seam, on top of the seam allowances OR
    do you stitch to the left of the seam on the "no seam allowances" side?
    I read that if you do it correctly, it strenghthens your quilt and since I had to 'skinny' up some of my seam allowances, it needs all the strength I can give it. It's going on a five year olds bed and probably will see the inside of a washing machine a lot! :D

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    Stitching in the ditch is stitching in that little "hollow" made by your seam allowance, not top-stitching. Your stitches will seem to disappear into the quilt.

    That's how it works for me, anyway.

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    I stitch to the left of the seam allowance, as close to the edge without going over the edge. :)

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    I wouldn't tell the quilt police this because I'm sure it is "against the rules" but when I make kids quilts that are going to be very loved I have done wavy stitches or any decorative stitch straight down the seam. Depending on the pattern of the quilt this could add to the design but would definitely strengthen the structuce of it.

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    thanks guys! I have books etc. but why spend all that time hunting something when you can get it straight from real ppl that do it! gotta love this board :wink:

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    I do like Shadow.... if you actually Stitch in the Ditch...in my mind you are really stitching down an empty space that is only filled with the stitching that joined the squares together. I prefer to stitch on the actual fabric about 1/8" over to the opposite side of where you have pressed your seam allowance. Once the quilt is washed this stitching is almost invisible.

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    Ditto!

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    Just about the time I think I get the quilting terms figured out...someone goes and changes them on me. lol.
    It makes sense to me that when you stitch in the ditch, you don't actually have any fabric to stitch on...you're just stitching over stitches you already made. From now on my foot is going to be walking on the berm instead of stitching in the ditch. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janstar
    Ditto!
    I must agree with these ladies also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    I do like Shadow.... if you actually Stitch in the Ditch...in my mind you are really stitching down an empty space that is only filled with the stitching that joined the squares together. I prefer to stitch on the actual fabric about 1/8" over to the opposite side of where you have pressed your seam allowance. Once the quilt is washed this stitching is almost invisible.
    Not only that, but you also run the risk of piercing and damaging the threads used for piecing. It's really best to stitch slightly to one side of the actual seam.

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    I have never done a wavy line like Mary Quite Contrary suggests, but have read that some people do this because they can't seem to "stay in the ditch". I have that problem at times, and will try this. The instructions I read said to use a very suttle wavy line.

    Phyllis

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    I kind of like the idea of stitching wavy alongside the ditch - sounds pretty neat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltncrazy
    Stitching in the Ditch:
    ok, you are looking at your block, seam line is right down the center, your seam allowances are pressed to your right...

    do you stitch to the left of the seam on the "no seam allowances" side?
    I read that if you do it correctly, it strenghthens your quilt and since I had to 'skinny' up some of my seam allowances, it needs all the strength I can give it. It's going on a five year olds bed and probably will see the inside of a washing machine a lot! :D
    You quilt on the left side of that seam (the "no seam allowance" side), right next to where the piece on the right folds under.

    If you had to "skinny up" some seams, you may also want to consider some quilting through the pieces and not just the seams. The more quilting - the stronger the quilt.

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    I bet your machine came with an edge joining foot. It's perfect for stitch in the ditch. :) Now they are being sold as Stitch in the Ditch foot!
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    It's perfect for keeping stitches straight when following a line.

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    Hi,

    The only machine quilting I do is a stitch in the ditch with a decorative or at least zig zag stitch. I figure it strengthens the piecing. I like to use varigated thread in both the top and bottom. Some times I just machine tie the quilt by setting my automatic button hole to the smallest size, making a very small button hole without a hole and then lifting the presser foot and moving to another spot. I have a lot of strings to cut afterward but the buttonhole is backstitched at both the beginning and the end. Either method works well for Linus or other chairty quilts as they will be washed a lot more than those of us who quilt would.

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    Now I'm confused. I thought that "stitch in the ditch" was exactly that...you stitch in the ditch created by the fabrics butting together when you sew the seam. I do have a "stitch in the ditch" foot and when you use that..you definetly are stitching right down that seam. It has a guide that makes it go there...that is unless I move my needle over.

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    well, yall talk about a wavy line, hummm, i use my stitch in the ditch foot and even though i intend to do a straight line it ends up wavy anyhow, i just can't sew a straight line no matter what, maybe i need my glasses changed.

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    I am soooo excited. I have worked and worked on this quilt and was so down about a very thin pink border I did around my princess panels. After asking you guys for help I was inspired to make a 'vine' and place over the mess I made and will applique some pink print flowers to camoflage. It gave me a second wind today and I got all the blocks together and put on two of eight borders. My center is appliqued so the flowers won't be out of place at all. I just hope they hide all the oops! I couldn't have done it without you all...I JUST LOVE YOU GUYS FOR THIS...ty, ty, ty....and I have to thank Mary individually bc she first mentioned the wavy line, but all the feedback just helped me so much. I can't promise to post a pic when done cause i need a new camera, but if I get it worked out, except for that pink border, I really think my sweet pea is going to love it. She loves everything her nana makes for her. Thank you all again x's a thousand!!! :D

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    Good for you!! I love it when the board helps me solve a problem, but thats what friends are for right??? You really need to get that cameral fixed...we want to see!! :lol:

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    I learn something every time I read the quilting board. You all are the best!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gale Leone
    I learn something every time I read the quilting board. You all are the best!!!!
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    Me too!

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    I agree with Sandpat. I have the stitch in the ditch foot and with the guide it makes you stitch right in the ditch. Now I'm wondering if I should be using it or not.

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    Stitch away from the ditch! LOL! Isn't this board lovely? So many talented quilters that know the ins and outs. Great for us newbies!

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    Chele wrote: Stitch away from the ditch! LOL! Isn't this board lovely? So many talented quilters that know the ins and outs. Great for us newbies!

    SAALUUUTE!!!! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by raksmum
    I agree with Sandpat. I have the stitch in the ditch foot and with the guide it makes you stitch right in the ditch. Now I'm wondering if I should be using it or not.
    I really don't know which is better to do. Some say do...most here say don't...so...??? :?

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