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    Default Piecing small blocks

    I am welcoming hints for working with small pieces. I just finished the first block in the Modabakeshop countdown. It is a 6 inch block made up of 22 pieces. I have learned scant 1/4 seam is a must and small stitches so seams can be pressed open help too.
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    Default Re: Piecing small blocks

    Wishing you the best of luck. This is way beyond my skillset at this time.

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    Default Re: Piecing small blocks

    I found that starching the fabric well prior to cutting is helpful.


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    Its a patience set. Just take your time.

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    Default Re: Piecing small blocks

    When possible I cut my fabric a bit larger than necessary and then after sewn together trim them to the correct size.

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    Default Re: Piecing small blocks

    Sometimes it helps to use glue basting instead of pinning. The pins can deform really small pieces. It was a suggestion from Elizabeth Hartman in her Craftsy class. I use it frequently now.
    Diana Grey

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    Default Re: Piecing small blocks

    That sounds like a a good idea to glue baste ... thanks for the information.

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    Default Re: Piecing small blocks

    Starch, seam allowance (I test out finer thread, smaller needle, adjusting needle position slightly to the right until I find what's 'just right' for the fabrics I'm using), trim pieces to size as you go, sew slowly. I usually press seams open, but also take time to plan which direction to press where you have multiple seams meeting and consider spinning some - yes, it sounds like overkill but how you press the seams makes a big difference to small pieces. Where I have more bulk than I like at seams, I sometimes take a cotton bud to apply a small amount of starch directly to the offending area and that also helps. I may be a little bit of a control freak...... :-)
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    Default Re: Piecing small blocks

    Yes, all of the suggestions above!
    And I, too, use starch on those bulky seams. Makes 'em lie flat. I paint the starch on the seam with a little paint brush.
    Good luck with your project!

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    Default Re: Piecing small blocks

    I have a clover mini iron and it is great for pressing those small seams open, you want to make sure they are nice and flat. A silicone finger also helps a lot for not burning your fingers while trying to hold the seam open. I am not a starcher so I don't know about that part.

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