8 hours ago
Friday, February 8, 2013
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.