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    Thick seams

    I'm sewing together the "Love Notes" quilt Jenny recently did a tutorial on. I am having a hard time sewing over the seams when piecing the blocks together. They're very thick...I ironed the pieces and blocks before sewing and am trying to nest them together but it's really thick at the seams. Any suggestions?

    #2
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    I used my walking foot for my summer in the park, which also can have some thick seams - had no problem piecing the blocks together with it.

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      #3
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      That's why I always press open. It is also easier (for me at least) to match the seams more perfectly.
      Cheri

      www.fabricandmemories.blogspot.com

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        #4
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        Use a fresh, sharp needle and your walking foot (or if you own a Pfaff simply engage the IDT!) - with the IDT I can pretty much quilt through anything.

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          #5
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          Cut to Pieces: Tutorial on Making a Nine Patch Block with swirled seams
          A Few Loose Threads » Blog Archive » Spinning those seams
          Couple of examples of how to swirl the seams.
          Vonnie

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            #6
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            I've gotten out my walking foot before for really thick seams. It makes life so much easier.

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              #7
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              1. Change the needle
              2. Use walking foot
              3. Increase the number on the dial that indicates pressure of the foot
              4. Proceed to quilt slowly, as you get near the seams
              Preeti
              http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com/

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                #8
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                I am also making the same quilt this week, I pressed my seams open, it just makes a neater quilt top and it lays flat when pressed.
                "She who dies with the most fabric wins"

                Ecclesiastes 9:10 "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom."

                Julie
                :D

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                  #9
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                  I'm another who presses open. If it's good enough for Leah Day, it's good enough for me! So much easier to match when they're pressed open. Bulky seams frustrate me too much!

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                    #10
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                    I have always pressed open, an expert show quilter told me she did too. I'm teaching a friend and I told her pressing open went against the 'rules' but I've just never been able to get the seams to 'nest' by pressing to the sides. And then, with several seams that join, I would end up with the seams going in the same direction and not opposite, it was just too frustrating.

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                      #11
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                      I just remembered something. Leah Day said to shorten your stitch length if you press open. Less chance of batting shifting through the seams.
                      Vonnie

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                        #12
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                        Open or to the side? Doesn't is depend on the colour of the fabric? I've always understood that open seams will show if you're using a light fabric. I've noticed that even with, say, Moda cream will show through cream.

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                          #13
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                          Originally posted by coffeebreak View Post
                          That's why I always press open. It is also easier (for me at least) to match the seams more perfectly.
                          I was always pressing open also until someone pointed out to me you can't do Stitch in the Ditch on this seam. There is no fabric to hold onto so the quilting needle just cuts the seam threads. I have had no problems quilting edge to edge patterns.
                          Last edited by SilverNeedle; March 19, 2014, 05:30 AM.

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                            #14
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                            whether you press to the side or open them you are still sewing through 4 layers of fabric.
                            Dolores :lol::icon_heh:

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                              #15
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                              You know, if you like open seams, there is nothing wrong with using the serpentine (wavy) stitch or a zigzag stitch then just aim it down the center of the seam. This way it catches the seams on both sides and anchors it down. Very good in a child's quilt that you know will be washed many times. My oldest son has a baby quilt that my step mother made by hand and hand quilted. Beautiful quilt. But, every time I had to wash it, I had to pull out needle and thread and hand sew some seams back together.
                              Vonnie

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