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Thread: Coke Tray Liner

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    Member Tracy_Lit5's Avatar
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    Well I finished my project...finally.
    I made PLENTY of mistakes, but at least I've learned from them
    This is my first attempt at flying geese and sewing several small sections together.

    Question:
    why is it that the more pieces I sew together the more it distorts the dimensions? I pressed all my seams and pieces before adding another section/row but it still got distorted.


    The tray is from an old cafeteria, and has become a "catch-all" try instead.
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    I don't see any distortion. But, one trick is, Don't use any steam while pressing and never, never rub on the bias edges. They grow (stretch)when you do. Before you cut anything bias out use a heavy starch on it, this helps to set them in place better.

    It is fun to see the coca cola stuff. Do you collect it?

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    You did a great job!

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    Good job! We are somewhat coke collectors too. I have a timer, straw container, napkin holder (the old fashioned).

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    That's cute!
    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy_Lit5
    Question: why is it that the more pieces I sew together the more it distorts the dimensions? I pressed all my seams and pieces before adding another section/row but it still got distorted.
    Having experienced this myself, it's really true that those little "negligible" errors add up. Re-measure each time you sew two sets of sewn pieces together, and finesse by matching them up at the inner seam lines, not the outer ones, when you find discrepancies.

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    Looks great. Make sure that when you press that is all you are doing. Don't iron (rubbing back and forth), you have to pick up the iron and place it where you want to press. I learned that the hard way. Wonky doesn't describe what I had when I was done. LOL

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    another thing that can cause distortion even though you dont' notice till its' too late...when sewing multiple pieces together that seam allowance is important...if you are off just 1/8", doesn't seem like anything at all, but then when the 8th piece goes together...woah...you are a whole 1" off!!!it adds up and isn't noticed until it is too late. pressing is important, sometimes if you 'square-up and trim your piece after each addition it is more work but will help keep everything as it should be in the end.
    i had a little lady ask me once...when i was complaining about the imperfections in my latest piece..."can you see it when it hangs off the brooklyn bridge?" in other words...we know the imperfections are there because we've been UP CLOSE all along...anyone else looking at it is not going to notice what we see as a glaring boo-boo. so unless it is to be judged and has to be perfect don't sweat the small stuff, no one knows but you :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    another thing that can cause distortion even though you dont' notice till its' too late...when sewing multiple pieces together that seam allowance is important...if you are off just 1/8", doesn't seem like anything at all, but then when the 8th piece goes together...woah...you are a whole 1" off!!!it adds up and isn't noticed until it is too late. pressing is important, sometimes if you 'square-up and trim your piece after each addition it is more work but will help keep everything as it should be in the end.
    i had a little lady ask me once...when i was complaining about the imperfections in my latest piece..."can you see it when it hangs off the brooklyn bridge?" in other words...we know the imperfections are there because we've been UP CLOSE all along...anyone else looking at it is not going to notice what we see as a glaring boo-boo. so unless it is to be judged and has to be perfect don't sweat the small stuff, no one knows but you :mrgreen:
    Our saying is "Can you see it from a galloping horse?" LOL :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    The ironing vs. pressing really is a big deal. I get carried away with the iron and end up with a weird looking edge.

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    Very NICE!! :D Your work is
    really great. Thank you for
    sharing with all of us.
    :D :D :D :D

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    Everyone pretty much answered your distortion question. I just wanted to say....I love your tray quilt. I think I'd be thirsty everytime I looked at it :) :)
    Looks good to me.

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    I knew about pressing instead of ironing, and know NOT to use steam.
    I actually have a small travel iron that I keep next to my sewing machine. And that definitely does NOT have steam.

    I guess it must be either my measurements and/or seams.
    Just HOW to you get a seam to ALWAYS be 1/4"?
    I have my machine set to 5.0 for the needle offset. Then run the side of my foot along the cut edge.

    Or is this just one of those "ya gotta get used to it", or "you'll learn in time with experience" . :roll:

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    SOmetimes I measure and square the components when I notice that things get wonky. I agree with the others, you may have skewed things during the pressing of individual components. It is pretty and you can be proud of yourself.

    ...you'll probably be amazed when you start the next project how much you have already learned.

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    there is this little (test) to see if you are sewing perfect 1/4" seams...you cut 3 strips of fabric 1 1/2" x 6" , sew them together using your 1/4" seam then measure. it should measure exactly 3 1/2 " wide. if it doesn't you need to adjust...
    one way to find your 1/4" is take a small (ruler) with 1/4" markings, place it against the needle, lower the feeddogs on the ruler, then put a small mark on the machine exactly where the 1/4" mark is on the ruler. you can purchase (seam-guides) which have a sticky side, or some people just use masking tape, running a piece at the 1/4" mark across the machine to use as a guide to follow as you stitch.
    hope this helps, every machine is different and every one sews a little different, so finding YOUR 1/4" is a personal thing but necessary.
    you can purchase a special 1/4" foot too.
    hope this helps
    ckcowl

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    GReat job.

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    The thing that I saw on youtube was using notecards that are lined to check whether your allowance was on. Im not sure where it is anymore but im sure you could find it if you looked it up :) Just a thought.

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    but personally (im new) I dont see distortion. It looks wonderful to me!

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    Very nice!!! :D

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    When we decorated the stage at school for concerts, one of us would always say at the end, "Looks great from the parking lot". I stand back from my sewing projects a lot these days!

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    I did what you suggested about the 1-1/2" x 6, & the needle and a ruler with using tape. I got it figured out now.
    Also, I found that if I didn't press the seam completely open (that there was even a hint of fold at the seam), that I didn't end up with the 3-1/2" width of those 3 pieces.

    So...I guess, with the guide set on the machine, it's a matter of ensuring that my measurement cuts are exact AND that I press the seam completely open (without a hint of a fold in it)

    Thanks so much :thumbup: !!!!
    Tracy

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    I love it!!! What a great idea :D :D :D

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    I BOUGHT ONE OF THOSE SEAM GUIDES WITH THE STICKY SIDE AND DIDN'T LIKE IT, SO I TOOK A RED PERMANENT MARKER AND MADE MY 1/4 INCH LINE AND THAT WORKS FOR ME, BUT LIKE EVERY ONE ELSE I THINK IT'S GREAT,YOU SHOULD BE VERY PROUD. A FRIEND ONCE SAID THE AMISH ALWAYS MAKE ONE LITTLE MISTAKE IN THERE QUILTS SO ITS NOT PERFECT .I DON'T KNOW IF THATS TRUE BUT I NEVER MAKE ONE PERFECT, AND I ENJOY THEM ANYWAYS

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