Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Piecing Accuracy Tip

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!


  1. 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!!

  2. Thanks so much for the tip. I always have problems with piecing and things just not lining up. I will try pinning more!

  3. What a great tip! This will definitely solve that veering problem at the end!

  4. 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.

  5. Oh I like this tip. I'll definitely try it.

  6. I often veer off at the end, I will try this. Thanks.

  7. Thanks for the great tip. I'm definitely going to try this. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  8. 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.

  9. Great idea for keeping those seam allowaces perfect. Thank you