I have managed to squeeze some time at my machine in between all the dyeing and thought I’d share progress so far.
With the layout decided, I started by joining each colour pair together first.
I have never used starch before think I am converted. I found lots of people singing the praises of this brand and I like it too because it isn’t an aerosol and it doesn’t have a smell. I have found it makes a big difference to the accuracy of my piecing which well, wasn’t very accurate! The edges of the fabric tends to behave itself a lot better also.
Note to self: Use starch when piecing.
I took each colour pair down from the design wall, stitched them together, ironed the seams then put them back in their place. If I didn’t do this then you just know I would have stitched them in the wrong order.
I have started to press my seams open. I find there isn’t the ‘bumpyness’ along the seam lines that I had before no matter how much I tried to iron/press them into submission. I know that it isn’t the ‘proper’ way but the seams won’t need much protection from wear and tear which I know is a concern for some as this will be a display piece.
Another tip I would definitely recommend is to use what I call ‘headers’ & ‘footers’.
These are little scraps of fabric that you start off sewing into at the beginning of your piecing, sew your fabric together (in my case I wasn’t chain piecing but you can still do this if you were) then finish by sewing onto another scrap at the end.
This last piece (the ‘footer’) then becomes the ‘header’ of your next piecing.
The ‘header’ scrap prevents the top edge of your piecing being ‘eaten’ by your machine and being dragged into the stitch plate hole as you start sewing.
They also help to prevent the stitches at the beginning and end from coming undone.
If you don’t use your machines thread cutter then they also save on thread as you aren’t wasting as much having long tails at each end. Try it and see what you think, let me know how you get on.
All the colour pairs stitched together.
I then stitched the pairs together, starting at the top and working down.
First 2 rows sewn together
Another thing I have learnt the hard way (aren’t all lessons learnt this way?), is to pin everything to within an inch of its life. It isn’t worth the hassle in the long run to try and take a short cut and not do it, so I heed the lesson! I do play about with different pin placements though, just to be a rebel.
I did wonder if pressing the seam open would be a problem when joining the rows but I didn’t have any problems and they are really flat too.
Nearly there, one more row to go…
Front all done!
And now what to do for the back…..
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