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    Biggest Quilting Booboo EVER!!!

    So I'm making a quilt with one of my favorite fabrics Fig and Plum and the blocks I'm making are a 5x5 inch square in the middle with a 2.5 inch border around it. It's pretty simple, but looks super cute. Any way... I sewed all the side strips, and the next day, I went to sew all the top and bottom strips to the squares. WELL... my 23 month old daughter came into the sewing room the other day and pushed a few buttons on the machine (my husband saw her do this but forgot to tell me) she changed one of my settings so that the needle moved slightly to the right. So when I line up my fabric to my 1/4 inch presser foot, because she moved the needle, it made almost a half inch seam! I didn't notice this until I had made 28 out of 35 blocks!!!!!! :cry: What should I do??

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    Honestly I would just rip out what was sewn wrong and start again. Not a great answer but I am really new lol. Unless you have alot of material left over to recut? Know this probably didn't help just wanted to say that I have been there too.

    Hugs Maggie

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      #3
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      Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiipppp! SO SORRY!!! Good luck, though.

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        #4
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        This is where we learn the special gifts that quilters possess. It's called ReverseSewing. It's hard but we have to go thru it ... 'I'm sorry' seems so empty - but believe me, there are MANY here who sympathize - been there, done that
        I broke 2 new needles in a row .. I had seen the problem and didn't fix it after changing the needle!!
        Yes .. we learn those special gifts by experience. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip quoting an earlier patient quilter.
        If you can't see it riding by on a fast horse - it ain't there.

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          #5
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          First, I would go to the machine dealer and buy a hard case for your machine so that it does not happen again. It's also a good idea to keep your machine unplugged when you are not using it with a little one that age around. My kids have "adjusted" my machine for me in the past too.

          This happened to someone I know who was doing a donation piece for a raffle. She was on a tight schedule to get it done on time. A friend of hers ripped the seams out for her. This eases the frustration. Do you have someone that would do this for you? It would keep you from doing more damage to it by ripping upset. Its hard to fix your own mistakes.

          The only other way I know around it is to throw them in your scraps and replace them with new. It is not what I would do, but at least you wouldn't waste the fabric. I would rip or have a friend rip with you, maybe over a nice cup of coffee or tea.

          Maybe install a dead bolt on your sewing room door. I seriously though about that when my kid "fixed" my machine for me. I used a hook and eye lock instead though. Now they are old enough to know better.

          PS- To make you feel better, I want you to know that this is not the biggest booboo ever. I have made worse. ops: ops: ops: ops: At least you can save your fabric.
          My user name is FunkiQuilter, but you can call me Funki for short. (Pronounced Funky.) I inherited the name from my cousin because of my love for unusual things.

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            #6
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            Afraid I have to agree, invest in a good seam ripper if you don't have one (I'm partial to the Clover one) and rip out the stitches. Love that Fig and Plum fabric.
            See what I'm sewing at http://disfordovey.blogspot.com

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              #7
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              hi everyone... thanks for the advice/sympathy. I do have a hard case for my machine, but it wasn't covering my machine at the time. I do have another Fig and Plum layer cake, but I'm so not in the mood to start all over again. At least the side seams are ok. I guess I'll be ripping all night long instead of assembling the rows like I was hoping. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that my 5 month old goes to bed at a reasonable time so can have some time to myself to pick out the seams. LOL my Friday nights are so exciting. Maybe my husband can help and it'll be a date!

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                #8
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                My sister did something similar when she was piecing some 9-patches. While they were still together I suggested that she sew the seam the right width, then she could go back and pull the wrong one without having the fabric fall apart and have to rematch up the edges. It didn't keep her from having to pull the stitches out, but it did mean she was ready to move on once she had pulled them. You can also trim the threads close to your work at one end, and then pull the one thread like you would if you were gathering up an edge for a ruffle. You just work the thread out of the fabric and then pick the big piece off the back. If it is a small block that works pretty well. Not so good on a 42" strip though.

                I have to agree with the other ladies. Find a seam ripper that you like and make it your friend! That is a good task to sit in front of the TV with. Good luck!
                Be who you are and say what you feel
                because those who mind don't matter,
                and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

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                  #9
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                  well don't feel bad...I'm now ripping 3 rows worth of blocks for a QFK quilt I"m working on.... ops:
                  Michele

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                    #10
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                    What happened Shell that you need to rip out an entire row?

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                      #11
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                      Originally posted by Rosie
                      What happened Shell that you need to rip out an entire row?
                      I set my row piles aside so I could make a cover for my laptop for last weekend when I went away..and when I went back to my rows I didn't pay attention to the orientation of the 4 patch blocks and ended up with them being sewn sideways so that they didn't match up with the design in the rows above them....

                      when you look at the quilt it should have diagonal lines of 2 different colors...I sewed them so that the colors f lipped places for 3 rows....

                      just one of those things where you don't pay attention after coming back to something .... lesson learned...always double check your placement when you walk away from a project and come back to it another time!!
                      Michele

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                        #12
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                        I feel your pain there! I have even been known to write little notes in pencil in the seam allowance so I can make sure everything lines up like I intended.
                        No sense in spending the time planning, fussy cutting, laying it out, and then sewing it wrong because you laid it out wrong after bringing it back from the ironing board. Of course, once I see the mistake, it bugs me until I rip it out and fix it. Wait, I am projecting here. Sorry that is probably just me.
                        Be who you are and say what you feel
                        because those who mind don't matter,
                        and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

                        http://www.toggpine.wordpress.com

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                          Originally posted by toggpine
                          I feel your pain there! I have even been known to write little notes in pencil in the seam allowance so I can make sure everything lines up like I intended.
                          No sense in spending the time planning, fussy cutting, laying it out, and then sewing it wrong because you laid it out wrong after bringing it back from the ironing board. Of course, once I see the mistake, it bugs me until I rip it out and fix it. Wait, I am projecting here. Sorry that is probably just me.




                          I ripped out my rows and resewed them...now the quilt looks happy again...now to get the borders on...
                          Michele

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