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« on: March 02, 2010 12:02:20 PM »

A pattern I have calls for quilting, how can I make sure I keep a straight line?
And about seam binding? Any suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010 07:30:43 PM »

Most sewing machines have a sewing guide (a little metal pin) that attaches to the sewing foot. Or you could use a marking pencil and predraft your lines before you start sewing. Hope that helped a little Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2010 07:53:13 AM »

You can use blue painters tape on top of your fabric as a guide for your quilting lines.  It comes in various widths and you can put two strips side-by-side for wider spacing. Avoid stitching through the tape.

If you want narrow spacing, use your presser foot as a guide.  Establish your first line of stiching, then run your presser foot along the stitching line for subsequent rows.  If you can move your needle position right or left, you have even more lattitude in the width of your spacing.

As for binding, do a youtube search for specific instructions.  There are some tricks with mitering that are best seen done.

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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2010 07:15:12 AM »

I like to use disappearing marking pens or pencils that "erase" with water.
I don't draw the full line... I usually just make dashes (less to erase later).
I know my machine comes with the pin to attach to my foot, but I've never tried to use it and I don't quilt very often.
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2010 10:48:01 AM »

I use the sewing guide pin thingy for my machine. Be sure to start with a straight row since you'll use that row to guide your next and so on...

Another option is to buy already quilted fabric. There are some great choices these days and it will save a lot of time Smiley.
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2010 02:28:01 PM »

I like to use disappearing marking pens or pencils that "erase" with water.
I don't draw the full line... I usually just make dashes (less to erase later).
I know my machine comes with the pin to attach to my foot, but I've never tried to use it and I don't quilt very often.
Good luck!

Personally, I avoid quilting and quilting-type of sewing, but for an answer for this question, I would suggest using a piece of very-well-used soap (i.e. when your handsoap gets down to being less than 1 cm thick {1/4 inch?} and the edges are very thin, and you're about to throw it out and start a new bar ...)  It won't make an extremely visible line, (except on Dark Fabrics) but it should do well enough. (If it remains too long, throw it into the washing machine; it'll wash right out.)
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