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Sewing And Turning Quilts

When sewing around the edge of the quilt with right sides together and then turning quilts the layers can be very thick. When the quilt is turned right side out, the opening edge can stretch and be hard to get it smooth again for stitching closed. Sometimes ironing the seam allowance flat is not enough.

The simplest way to deal with this problem is to use an old trick from garment sewing -- "stay stitching". Decide on what part of the quilt you will leave open and approximately how long your opening for turning will be. Before you stitch your layers together, simply stitch 1/4" from the edge or your quilt using a standard length stitch. If you are using a wider seam allowance, place your stay-stitching at that seam allowance line. Stay-stitch...

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