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Thread: Tp for matching points and seams perfectly

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    Tp for matching points and seams perfectly

    I saw this tip here recently and tried it yesterday and was very happy with the results. I was joining two halves of a large quilt together so there were many seams and many many points to match, always a nightmare for me. After I pinned the pieces together, I sewed just a few stitches on either side of the seam or point, cut the thread and moved to the next seam. Did this all across the quilt. All my points were very accurate, and if one is off a little bit, you only have to take out a few stitches and re sew it. Then I went back and joined the pieces between the seams. I think when sewing a long seam (i.e. when joining two halves of a quilt together) the fabric shifts and no matter how carefully you pin, it is hard to get a perfect match. This method made all my points perfect and made me very happy.

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    That is an interesting idea. I will soon start joining my blocks together for my Omigosh quilt and there are 221 blocks in total and each block is a 9 patch so that is a LOT of seams to match. I may consider this method and give it a try. Thanks.

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    thanks for the great tip
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    As I stated in other posts, it helps to baste those point and side seam areas with a longer stitch length. If any points or seams are off, it is much easier to take out those stitches and is less stress on the fabric when using a length of 3.5 or so. When the seams and points match up to your liking, go back and change the stitch to your shorter desired length and sew the longer seams. In my experience sewing the points and side seams first, I find I can finish more quilts- faster and with less frustration because I am not taking out seams and re-doing blocks when the measurements are off or I am not happy with those wonky points. Along with measuring finished sections and blocks while sewing, it is one of the best tips I learned when I started quilting so long ago.

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    Both hints are REALLY good! This is one of those (bonk on the head) "why didn't I think of this" moments!!!
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    Great tip, thanks!!!!

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    This sounds like a very good idea, thanks.

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    Excellent! Thank you.
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    Trying to remember all the tips I have read is very hard. Good tip.
    Some glue the seams after matching up, just us the tip of iron to dry the glue.
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    Wonderful tip! Definitely will use it on my next quilt as I, too, have always had a nightmare of a time trying to match up long seams.
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    Great idea, thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks excellent idea.
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    Great tip!
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    Great tip!

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    What a great idea!!

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    That is a very interesting idea and will make good use of it myself in the future. Thank you to the person who originally posted the idea and to you feffertim for trying it and responding on how it works.
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    I never would have thought of this, but I will definitely try it!

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    great idea. Going to try it on my next project.
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    Sounds like a lot of work to me. I use double sided scotch tape to secure the points and works most of the time.

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    That would be too time consuming for me. I would prefer to sew the lot and then check it. If there are any bits that need re - sewing, then you could pull those few out. Quite frankly, I rarely have to pull anything out. To repeat, I think you are making work for yourself.

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    Many thanks for a great tip.

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    Love those tips!

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    That is an excellent tip, for I have been doing that for years. It is amazing that so many have never heard of matching the points and sewing them at each point, making sure they all match before sewing the final seam. I also will turn my fabric upside right or upside down where ever the seam needs to be eased together and my points don't change. I myself feel that the end product is worth this little extra step. One does not hurry.

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    Fortunately I rarely need to fix seam match ups. Not since I read on the net to double pin the join. Provided I have the seam aligned correctly they never move. But this is a good tip for those who do have a problem. I believe there aren't right or wrong ways just different ways.

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    I've never done really large quilts but I often do that - just sew over the matching points and then go back to join the entire piece. You are right - it makes a huge difference!
    Pat

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