Friday, February 8, 2013

Helpful Hint


I often trim the edges of my quilt tops to square them up, which means that seams along the outside edges have their threads cut. And that means that those seams can easily start to come apart the more the quilt top is handled.

In order to prevent this, I try to make it a habit to sew a line of stay-stitching very close to the outer edge all around the entire quilt top, staying well within the quarter inch where the binding will be sewn on.

The photo below shows a sample of the stay stitching....


This does a good job in preventing the seams from coming apart as the quilt top is handled. And if it's done within that 1/4 inch seam allowance, it doesn't need to be picked out once the binding is sewn on.

4 comments:

Ann Babillis said...

Thanks Anya,

Success is in the little details with quilting and your tip is a problem solver.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I never used to do that but more so over the years I have

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I learned - the hard way - the wisdom of stay stitching my quilt tops. Now if someone can help me with seams that start to come apart when piecing individual blocks ... I've taken to having to lock-stitch my seams, which means no chain piecing and a little more time/effort to piece my blocks. There's got to be a better way??

Joyce said...

I have been stay stitching my tops for at least three years now. My longarm quilter says she loves it. When the tops are put on the longarm the seams won't pull apart. Love this idea.