New to Quilting?

If you are brand new to quilting and don't know where to begin, start with the posts in September 2011 (look in the blog archive). The first four posts cover basics such as choosing equipment, choosing colors, how to sew 1/4" seams, how to use a rotary cutter, and how to press (not iron) your block during construction.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Perfect 1/4" Seams And Chain Sewing

It is as important to have an exact 1/4" seam as it is to cut your fabric accurately.

It may seem like a waste of time to check your machine and make sure that you can sew an accurate 1/4" seam (or scant 1/4" seam depending on your thread, fabric, and sewing machine) but it is well worth the time it takes to have your block turn out as close to the finished measurement as possible. Not only will your block look nicer when it is finished, it will be the right size and your quilt will go together much more easily.

Here are a few videos showing how to get a perfect 1/4" seam.

Here's a video explaining chain sewing blocks as well as pressing (versus ironing) blocks:

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