Do any of you have an easy/efficient way to put in set-in seams? I am doing a Block of the Month Quilt and it has been really good until now. I guess set-in seam has always bugged me. Somehow I always seem to get a "pucker" when I am done. Does anyone love these things?
I'm still a semi-beginner, so I'd be curious to learn what a "set-in seam" is in quilting? When I used to sew clothes as a teenager, it was mostly used in referring to sleeves, I think.
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
Are you maybe refering to a "Y" seam?
renaye, your pieces need to be exactly cut and your measurements need to be exact. so mark the intersection, where the two 1/4 inch seams come together, with a dot (pencil or chalk, whatever you are comfortable with). do the same with the corresponding piece. securely pin those dots, wrong sides together, meeting them precisely. now forget about the inset, forget about the second part of the seam. Stitch from the outside edge to the dot. Stop exactly on that dot. Drop your needle in that spot. Pivot the pieces under the needle. Now forget about that seam you just sewed, it's in the past. Align the edges of the new seam, the second half of the inset seam. You may have to fiddle (or vrettle, that's serious fiddling). It helps to have an awl here to help you get the spot under the needle to co operate and lay nicely. lift and fluff, and fiddle and smooth. keep smoothing until ths seam says flat, and stitch down the seam. There, you should have a perfect inset. the more you do these the easier it gets. gini
sometimes there will be a little kerfluffle or fold on one or other of the fabrics right at that pivot point. as long as the second half of that seam is lying flat from the dot to the end of the seam, it should be ok
gini in north idaho
nancy, it's a seam that has a center point and the two side go off at different directions. a good example is a star block. between two points of the star in a lone star quilt, will either be a square or triangle ( it will be a right angle in either case) you align one side of the point and square, pinning that spot where the two points diverge ( or meet ?) with the corner of the square. you stitch down one side, drop the needle in that dot, pivot the materials, realign the two new sides and stitch down the square attaching it to the other point. this is hard to describe, but it is pretty easy if you take the time to drop the needle and make that second seam line up smoothly. if i am comfortable that everything is aligned correctly and my seam will lay flat i will take an extra stitch to secure it in that pivot point. gini
gini:sometimes there will be a little kerfluffle or fold on one or other of the fabrics right at that pivot point
it isn't really a fold, it's just that the fabric buckles up a little, kinda behindish the pivot point. and i'm sorry, i hope this is a little clearer than mud gini
Set in seams really are not that hard. You just have to be very presise with your starts and stops. There is an excellent article on how to do them in the May/June 2011 issue of McCalls Quilts magazine.
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Go to kayewood.com and click on "Watch"--look for the video "Perfect Y Seams" . Hope this helps.
Didn't somebody just post pictures of how to do a set in seam last week? With pictures showing the checkerboard that the pressed seams make?
Thank you to all who replied. I hope I can do this now. I have been quilting for years but have never been able to "master" this technique. Thank you.
Nancy P :Didn't somebody just post pictures of how to do a set in seam last week?
Gini posted pictures of "locking" a seam. If we pester her enough, maybe she'll post pictures of this Y-seam or set-in seam example. She's so talented and knowledgeable.
this is a good quick video
what a great video thanks for posting it.
Grand Junction, CO
thank you for video...
it's great example...