I've confessed this before...I am an overpinner. I pin a ton. Yes, I pin the ends of 2 inch squares together. Why? Well, that's important to me! There is a reason.
Here you see my piece going under the presser foot. Notice the pin at the end.
The value of this pin? Think sailing for a moment, or any boat for that matter. The way you turn the rudder or a sailboat, or the engine on a motor boot affects the direction the boat goes. I use this pin as an engine/rudder for guiding my piece under the needle. Sometimes at the end of a piece it can veer left or right. I find this annoying as it really affects accuracy.
Here you can see me maneuvering the pin left and right. It really helps me guide the piece.
I generally sew until the pin is right under the presser food and then I left the fabric be pulled by the feed dogs into the machine and off of the pin. In this way I keep complete control of all the stitches all the way to the end of the piece.
Here I still have control of the pin with my finger and the piece is completely sewn. I now can pick up the pin and put it on the pincushion.
I hope this tip helps you with accuracy. Yes, it takes time to pin all the pieces, but it's something I find relaxing to do in front of the TV at night when I'm too tired to do anything else.
I hope you get to quilt today!
Thanks for your pin tip. I too have the problem of my fabric pulling at the end of seams. I'm going to try this tip today!!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for the tip. I always have problems with piecing and things just not lining up. I will try pinning more!ReplyDelete
What a great tip! This will definitely solve that veering problem at the end!ReplyDelete
I pin like crazy too!ReplyDelete
I tend to pin alot, also with one at the end, since most of my stitching is done on a hand crank sewing machine. With only one hand to guide the fabric, I need those pins to keep everything in place.ReplyDelete
Oh I like this tip. I'll definitely try it.ReplyDelete
I often veer off at the end, I will try this. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great tip. I'm definitely going to try this. grinnie1961 at gmail dot comReplyDelete
Thank you for the tip. I am always fighting to get the end of the fabric to go under the needle straight. Love your blog.ReplyDelete
Great idea for keeping those seam allowaces perfect. Thank youReplyDelete