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irish2lab@yahoo.com Posted: Sat, Mar 8 2014 3:51 PM

Can anyone help me figure out why I always seem to be cutting off my corners, my points are good, my 1/4 accurate.   But when I go to join my blocks there is usually not the requisite 1/4 inch necessary to make the blocks look good.  

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Flo replied on Sat, Mar 8 2014 5:43 PM

Try sewing a scant 1/4".  One thread shy of a 1/4.  It may be in the pressing of the seams.

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Patti replied on Mon, Mar 17 2014 4:43 AM

the "scant quarter inch" is really important, specially if you have several pieces in the block.  Take a block that you had problems with and measure it.  Does it come out exactly the right size?  Pressing, (ironing) also makes a difference.   It's important to press down with only a little movement side to side.  Too much movement and it distorts the fabric specially if there are any bias edges.

when I am sewing a block with lots of pieces, I find using starch a very big help in avoiding distorting the fabric.

Patti

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