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    Default Matching those seams!

    Any other quilting newbies have trouble getting the seams to match up? I've done several projects now, and I always have trouble, even though I've done my best to measure, cut and sew accurately. Is matching the seams something that improves with practice? Thanks for any help you can give! I love quilting, even more than I love crochet, which is saying a lot for me!

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    Default Re: Matching those seams!

    I has pins, and I'm not afraid to use them! Never have a problem.

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    Default Re: Matching those seams!

    Welcome! Are you having trouble with block seams or row seams? If it is a block, look into "nesting the seams" if it is a row, I line up the seams and pin some times stretching to make it all work.

    Edit to add: when your 1/4" seam gets more accurate can help as well.

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    Default Re: Matching those seams!

    Welcome from Ohio! I'm a relative newcomer to quilting. Yes, I had my share of trouble matching seams. Keep working at it though. As Carah said, when your scant 1/4" seam improves, your units will improve. Also, as shirleyknot said, don't be afraid to pin until you get the hang of it. My background is garment sewing, so I had a hard time understanding why quilters seem averse to pins when I first started quilting. Also, square up your units each step along the way. When I started doing this methodically my blocks improved. Be very careful about your pressing technique. You can stretch your units and make matching very difficult if you aren't careful. There is a learning curve, as with any skill worth acquiring. Don't give up, practice, practice, practice on scrap material, and watch videos to pick up technique tips. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Matching those seams!

    Midge covered everything quite well. It does take time and practice. I just wanted to say Hello and Welcome. You've picked a great hobby and it won't take long before you figure out that seam matching problem..

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    Hi from Cleveland, also! Midge is a genius.
    Pam in the Boneyard - Georgia expat in Cleveland Ohio. Howdy y'all!

    If at first you don't succeed, try doing it the way your mom told you to in the first place

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    Default Re: Matching those seams!

    Quote Originally Posted by pharris123 View Post
    Hi from Cleveland, also! Midge is a genius.
    I'm blushing here. The only reason I know this stuff is that I've made pretty much all the possible mistakes already, and I'm at the stage of learning all the fixes!

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    Default Re: Matching those seams!

    Yup what Midge and Carah said. Since I started nesting seems, not only are my seams better but I my points are so much better!

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    Default Re: Matching those seams!

    Hello and welcome from California. I'm a newbie too. Watching Jenny's video where she teaches how to get pieces to match up if one is a little longer really helped me a lot. I'm sure someone here will explain it better but basically, you hold on to the two pieces together where they should be and the longer piece of fabric goes on the bottom so the feed dogs will pull the bottom piece through a bit faster. Hopefully someone here will explain it better than me.

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    Default Re: Matching those seams!

    It also helps to take your time pressing, and make sure your joined units such as HST are pressed completely flat where the diagonal seams meet. Also I second the idea of squaring up blocks regularly. That is one step you don't want to skip.

    Oh, and welcome from Wisconsin!!

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