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    How I clip a twisted seam -

    A twisted seam bothers me - a lot. Sort of like wearing my underwear on backwards and inside out. (Usually not life-threatening, but not very comfortable, and it would erode my self-confidence - even if no one else knew about it.)

    This is how I clip a twisted seam. I then put fray check on the clipped parts.

    I think that clipping each seam allowance separately helps preserve the seam strength more than just clipping both seam allowances at the same spot. (I may be wrong about that, but this is my thinking at the moment.)
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    I've never used Fray check- is it permanent? I'm assuming it is. Thanks for sharing.
    Twisted seams only bother me if I have more than a couple.

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    Fray Check is permanent - and it leaves the fabric stiff where it was applied.

    I think there are products that leave the fabric feeling softer, but I don't know what they are.

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    That's good to know. I know I have Fray Check somewhere but as I said I never used it

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    thanks for sharing... to me, the clip,is too close to the seam. i'd rather have the little lump that would likely be absorbed into the batting..JMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Fray Check is permanent - and it leaves the fabric stiff where it was applied.
    I think there are products that leave the fabric feeling softer, but I don't know what they are.
    Fray Check in my quilts is mostly unnoticeable. After it's finished, you can hardly find it unless you know it is there. And it only needs one tiny drop to do the job there.

    I really like you method Bear. I never thought about doing the double clip. I have been doing that clipping very close to the crossing seam so it is barely noticeable even from the back.
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    I don't like twisted seams at all. Thanks for your suggestions.

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    Fray Block is the other one that is more pliable. It isn't stiff.

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    I leave the lump but I do like the idea of using Fray Check when necessary. Also, your clipping them separately. That's a great idea.

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    I rip so they are not twisted. It seems the best solution.

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    Great idea. I do clip those seams, but I had never thought about doing it your way. I'll try it next time. Fray check is also a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    Aleene's Stop Fraying (dries soft) is my favorite,preferred over Fray Check. Stop Fraying does not dry hard on the fabric.I do use Fray Check when I need stiffness on the end of cording used for tote bag handles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dms View Post
    I rip so they are not twisted. It seems the best solution.
    My first choice, too. Once in a while, though, it would mean redoing about 20 seams - and I can - occasionally -live with a clipped seam.

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    Every well known quilter I have taken classes from have all said do not clip twisted seams. Either press down or re sew. Most of them press the twist down. All said be sure and tell your quilter that some seams may be twisted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dms View Post
    I rip so they are not twisted. It seems the best solution.
    sometimes, with some pattern designs, that is not possible or preferrable

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    Thanks. Now I just have to get up the nerve....
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    How close to the seam do people clip rag quilts? Hundreds of cuts weakening those seams in a quilt!

    I sewed each seam twice on all the rag quilts I made -

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    I just leave the seam twisted if there isn't an easy way to fix it. Can't see it from the front.
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    I either cut the thread & fix it by resetting -or- if that’s not really possible, I press — hard.

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    There have been times where I have twisted a seam allowance on purpose to properly nest intersections. I don't bother to clip it so it lays flat. And you can't tell on the finished quilt at all.

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