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Thread: Will I ever get better at matching seams?

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    Senior Member SittingPretty's Avatar
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    Apr 2010
    East Central Wisconsin
    The glue does work, but another trick is to watch which side is "longer" and put that on the bottom. The feed dogs work to help even it all up. Sometimes it could mean switching sides from intersection to intersection, but it you do it when first sewing 2 blocks together, it could go a long way in making the seams more even. Clear as mud?

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    Senior Member captlynhall's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkyrue01 View Post
    Hi everyone! I'm a beginner but I've been trying to quilt for the last 6 months. Will I ever get better at matching seams? I watch a lot of tutorials and they just speed on through rows and everything looks great. Even if I go super slow my seams don't ever seem to match. Is this just something I'll get with practice?
    On my first quilt, the seams did not match up very good. Then, I took a beginners quilt class, and the hands on experience made all the difference. Now my seams line up very well. Maybe not perfect all the time, but the difference is obvious. So I would suggest, if you can, to take a class. By the way, the tutorials are great and I have learned so much from them, but nothing quite matches up to a good teacher in a class room environment.
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    I feel your pain! This is why I choose a lot of scrappy type patterns. I had a lot of problems with matching seams, too. You have received great advise. A couple of things that have helped me is to stitch at the seams. That's right. Don't take on the long seam, first stitch at every seam intersection. Then, you can sew the long seam. The other thing that helped me was to make sure my fabric is going in opposite directions. By this I mean that if your top fabric seam is facing towards your machine, the bottom fabric seam is facing away from it. This helps to match the seams. Several of the top quilters taught me to do it this way.
    Good luck with your future quilts. I look forward to seeing what you do.

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    Senior Member bunniequilter's Avatar
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    practice and patience, and did I mention practice?
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