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Thread: Rhonda's Tip of the Day

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    I use a tack instead of using a pin. I put a single stitch across the seam where two seams match and you are going to be sewing across there. Then I also tack at the edge where the two fabrics match. I think a tack works better than a pin. Fabric still can move a bit with a pin but not with a stitch or tack.

    Here you can see I used a tack to sew across the seams where the seams meet or match. This will keep the seams from moving and being off when you are done.
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    This is two Blocks face to face and I tacked on each edge and in the middle. This is a Star Point Block so I matched the seams in the middle and tacked them to anchor them so they won't move. I will sew across the tacks from left to right and you won't have to take them out. Always put your tacks where you are going to sew the seam and not on the top. If you put them on top you will have to take them out when you are done.
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    This is two sets of two blocks sewn together. When sewn this will be a 4 patch. I tacked on the edges and I tacked in the middle where the seams match up. It may take a bit of time but I think it is well worth it. When I get ready to do this step I thread several needles and have them ready to use.
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    Very "good" idea...Thank you!! :thumbup:

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    That's called "using your noggin". Why didn't I think of that.

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    Thanks so much Rhonda... I've been having a devil of a time with matching little pieces!

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    Excellent tip! I have noticed that I do have slippage with pins, can't wait to thy this. Thank you.

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    Very good tip. Thank you for sharing that with us.

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    You're all very welcome. It is such a time savor in the end. Even tho it takes time to tack it saves the nerves so you don't have to rip as much. I sometimes don't get the tack in right and still have to redo it but it helps a bunch to prevent as much as you can.

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    Oh, I love this tip! I love quilting, but my obsessive compulsive tendacies always have me in a ball of nerves when I go to stich seams and blocks. I can't wait to try this on my next project!

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    Great Idea, a little prevention saves a lot of seam ripping!

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    thanks for the tip. i have a hard sometime matching up seams i think they are matched when pinning and then sew and then sometimes they are off a little. that is a good tip. i will be using that

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    I want to try this also! Great tip.

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    Thanks for such a helpful suggestion!

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    thanks for the tip

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    It appears your seams are ironed open, is this right?

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    good tip,thank you

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    Do you do this by hand or machine? It seems as if taking one stitch by machine would be really time-consuming and awkward. (Sorry for the dumb question.)

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    thanks for the tip...

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    That is what I call a flat forehead idea. I smack my forehead and say "Now why din't I thinks of that?"

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    Thanks Rhonda. Great idea as even on the best days, you can have trouble making seams line up.

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    Great idea...why didn't I think of that???

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    Quote Originally Posted by susieqgc1
    It appears your seams are ironed open, is this right?
    Yes I iron my seams open. I do primarily miniatures and when you work with minis the open seams means less bullk. But the tack will work either way you do the seams.

    When you iron to the dark it makes that side raised. I don't like the feel of that. So I iron the seams open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzyq
    Do you do this by hand or machine? It seems as if taking one stitch by machine would be really time-consuming and awkward. (Sorry for the dumb question.)
    I do it by hand. Tho I have done it by machine and it just takes a second to do. When doing it by machine I just sew about 4 or 5 stitches across the seam. Just enough to catch it. When I have had trouble getting the seams to line up when tacking I have done it on the machine so I can see if it is lined up right after being sewn. It doesn't take much to take back out 3 -5 stitches and it can help to get those seams lined up right. Once in awhile I get one that shifts as I am placing the seams together and it frustrates me. So I sew in the machine so I can see if they are right or not.

    When tacking you can also open it and see if the seams are lined up right but you can't do that with pins.

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    Thanks for the great tip Rhonda. My question may seem obvious to some but I have to ask anyway. How do you make your tack stitch? Is it knotted? I probably should know how to make a tack but I don't. LOL

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    Terrific tip--will use it on the Bella Bella quilt I have started. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    Thanks for the great tip Rhonda. My question may seem obvious to some but I have to ask anyway. How do you make your tack stitch? Is it knotted? I probably should know how to make a tack but I don't. LOL
    I just take a stitch and clip off the thread about 1/4" away from the stitch. I sometimes take two stitches in the same place (one over the other) if I have trouble getting the stitch to not pull back out. I wouldn't knot it. but you could. If you make sure you don't go in and come out in the same place your stitch should hold.

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