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chloe_hippy
« on: November 11, 2006 08:23:20 AM »

I am getting ready to piece together my second sweater, and i am curious as to what you guys prefer.

should i block my pieces before sewing them together, or wait until after i have sewn it all up?

Carrie
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jesdmill
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2006 09:36:27 AM »

I always wait until the very end to block.  It lets your seaming kind of "settle in" I think.
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AWynkoop
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2006 09:46:19 AM »

I am on the other end of the spectrum....I tend to block first so I know all the pieces are the exact size and shape they should be. It is also helpful because the edges are nice and flat, making it easier to seam up everything. The pieces also dry much faster when blocked first (only one layer to dry instead of the double thickness of the sweater).
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JoHunter
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2006 01:18:37 PM »

I used to be an end of project blocker but find I was wasting a lot of time when seaming because of asymmetrical pieces or curling sides, so now I always block my pieces before seaming.  Believe me it'll make it much easier and you can make sure that all the pieces are the right dimensions and match.
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2006 02:18:03 PM »

I gently steam (using an iron and presscloth) the pieces before stitching them together and then block the whole piece.  It seems like I make less mistakes that way, but to each their own Cheesy
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chloe_hippy
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2006 02:26:14 PM »

thanks everybody i think i will block them out first, seems like it will help me catch any unknown mistakes before i do all the work.

Carrie
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