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Thread: Tip for Making Very Narrow Border or Sashing

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    Tip for Making Very Narrow Border or Sashing

    I had cut my yellow border strip at 1.5", but decided that a 1/4" yellow border looked much better and was trying to figure out how to cut it down or lay the next border far enough away from the edge to bring it down to the 1/4". That's when a lightbulb came on and I decided to sew a placing line 1/2" from the inner edge (1st photo), lay my next border against it and sew a 1/4" seam. This would work even if you wanted a 1/8" highlighting strip because you don't need to deal with very narrow strips of fabric.
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    Great idea - thanks for sharing. It has a paper piecing kinda feel to it where you use much bigger pieces of fabric for ease of handling.

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    Wonderful idea, much easier than what I have done in the past! I will have to try this on the next quilt I make needing a narrow border.

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    great idea! Thanks

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    Here's another easy way to sew very narrow, accurate inserts.

    Sew the first seam of the insert (orange) with a " seam as usual.



    Press the seam allowance away from the insert, turn it over and place the raw edge on top of the next piece of fabric to be added (green). Pin the edges.

    Line up the left edge of your quarter inch foot with the first seam and sew the second seam.






    Trim the seam allowance if necessary and press open. The result is a perfectly straight " insert.



    This technique can be used for any width by using other foot markings or the arm-like quilting guide that comes with most sewing machines. As long as you follow the previous seam line, your inset strip will be a consistant width, dead on, no extra steps necessary. Your brain will have to flex a bit at first to sew on the left side, but it gets easy very fast.
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    I love it! I think the sign of a great tip is that as soon as you see it you think "now why didn't I think of that?" because a great tip is so intuitively correct that it stuns you that you did not see it for yourself!

    Thanks.

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    Thanks for the tip! This is one that I will be using for sure!

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    Thanks for the great tip! You posted it the very day I needed it.

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    it is very good,advice.
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    Have a great day and happy sewing !

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    thank you great tip

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    Genius! TY!

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    Great tips, thanks for sharing.
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    Very cool! Thanks sew much for the tip!

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    great tip and faster then measureing and cutting.....thanks

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    Great idea!!! Thanks for sharing.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Thanks for sharing. I love tiny inner borders and usually sew them together and then add them to the quilt. This is great if you just want one tiny inner border!

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    Great idea, would be very good just to add a bit of color between the two larger borders. The hardest part will be to remember it so I can use it. Guess everything can't be easy. Thanks.
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    Dang!! You all are sooooo good!! Great tip!
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    Clever idea. I like folding and ironing a 1" strip in half lenthwise and attaching it to the main quilt before adding the last border. It gives a lovesly 3D effect.

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    Great idea. Thanks.

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    Ghostrider, I must be brain dead! I have read and re-read your tute and still can't figure it out!

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    Add me to the club, Debbrah. Sometimes I feel so dense. Duh!
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