These are probably very simple questions, but I am relatively new to quilting. I'm working on my 3rd now. I just saw a Fons and Porter video where they did chain sewing on their quilt blocks. She never back-stiched to lock the seams. I am assuming that they seams were locked when she pieced them with others. When, if ever, do you backstich when doing piecing?
Also, when you're doing a 1/4 in seam allowance how do you make sure that it's perfect and consistent without marking every piece? My stitch plate on my sewing maching does not have a 1/4 in marker.
Thanks so much!
You can buy a 1/4 inch quilting foot for some machines, they have a little edge that you run the fabric along, some mark the machine with a strip of tape, may options. You don't have to backstich because you will be sewing over every seam when you put the blocks togeather. when you have the blocks assembled into a quilt top, some stich around the edge (or not)
The only time I back stitch is on the very outside seams after putting the quilt together where they will not be crossed by another seam. If it has a border, I back stitch at the ends of the last two borders I put on.
As for the quarter inch marking, you can use a piece of tape on your machine, placed 1/4 inch away from the needle or purchase a 1/4 inch foot that will fit your machine. I used tape for years befor buying my first 1/4 inch foot and the foot is much eaiser to use (for me) and worth the relative low cost. Mine was less than $8. Most new machines come with a 1/4 inch foot, but you can buy ones for the older machines.
If you aren't able to get a 1/4 in quilting foot for your machine take a ruler with a quarter inch line that is easy to say. Lay the ruler under your needle with the needle just a hair to the right of the quarter in mark and put tape on the machine plate at the edge of the ruler. This gives you a sewing quideline when piecing. I don't back stitch any of my seams during piecing.
Thank you all so much! You're answers were very helpful. I just contacted my local sewing repair shop and am going to pick up a 1/4 in presser foot tomorrow for only $6. That will make things much easier.
jo. the only time i back stitch is when i am hand piecing. you know how hard they can be to get out, sew a stitch past the seam. they aren't going anywhere.
gini in north idaho
Ok, Gini I have a question. If your bobbin runs out halfway from one end to the other, don't you have to backstitch where you start the seam again?
Usually I start the new stitching line back a few stitches which seems to secure both the first line and the second.
That is exactly what I do. I just start sewing about 1/2 in back before I ran out of thread.
that's what i do, but i start about a 1/4 inch back
Thanks, ladies, I knew y'all would have the answer.
Ditto to Nana, gini and Vivian. I do not eve bother to cut my top thread, Just insert the bobbin, pull up the bottom thread back up and start sewing. Of course this will not work on all machines, depends how you get to the bobbin!
Flojo:depends how you get to the bobbin!
i don't know about you, but i get to the bobbin' via two glasses of wine.
Two glasses of wine get me to the singin' and dancin.' I'll leave the bobbin' to you.
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
gini: i don't know about you, but i get to the bobbin' via two glasses of wine
Wait for me Gini, I'll bring the crackers and cheese.