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    How can you fix a bowed runner?

    My Valentine's runner was coming along splendidly, got the binding sewn down on two long sides when I realized the runner is bowed. Any suggestions?

    The upside of these little learning experiences is that they're the only way I get any of my projects - if they're too flawed to give as gifts I keep them :-). This time I learned what Jenny and Natalie both mention in the tutes, about sewing long pieces - sew the seams in opposite directions. I thought I did but must have lost track and not done so.

    If worst comes to worst I can use it draped over an end table - it'll be underutilized but the bowing won't show.
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    Re: How can you fix a bowed runner?

    Hmmm - not sure about that question! I'm interested to see what the answer is too.

    Hugs,
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      Re: How can you fix a bowed runner?

      Deb that is a single piece of fabric you have appliqued to so the 'sew in opposite directions' isn't a critical factor here. Your problem is more likely to be a result of the actual applique, this can distort fabric if it wasn't stabilised first. Have you checked the measurement across the width all the way along to ensure it is actually the same width? With the applique and quilting done there is very little you can do if it is indeed bowed, it is a little hard to see it well in the photo. However, once you have it finished try blocking it, dampen the runner (allows the fabric to stretch a little) pull it gently to the correct shape and pin it out on the carpet or other sturdy (will not move) material, let it dry. Make sure you have pinned it straight, that is, pull the bowing out and don't have it too damp or it will take ages to dry. And may run dye onto your carpet...not a good thing but I have heard of it happening.

      If this fails to straighten the runner, congratulations you have yourself a beautiful hand made runner (with slight imperfection)
      Lynn

      "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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        #4
        Re: How can you fix a bowed runner?

        Hi Lynn, thanks for the suggestions! :-)
        There's still time to change the road you're on - Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"

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