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Machine Minute: Secrets for Sewing Long Strips

Do you notice your seams bow when sewing long strips? To keep your long strips straight, follow this simple tip.

Hi, I'm Jennifer, here with another Machine Minute brought you
by Baby Lock and the Crescendo machine. Precut strips are
more popular than ever. And there are more and more
patterns coming out with ways to use them in their
original state. But, has this ever happened to you? You're
working on a project with a lot of strip sets
sewn together and you notice that things start to bow.
Your shape is sort of getting lost in translation. The
more strips you have, the more things start to curve
at one end. I'm going to share with you today
the secret to fixing that problem. Whether you're working with
strips of 12"-15" in length or working with a 42"
strip, here's the deal. When you're sewing a lot of
strips together, it always matters the directions you're sewing. You
don't want to sew from one end to the other
end (from top to bottom), and then start again from
the top and sew to the bottom and then add
the fourth strip by starting at the same end and
sewing to the bottom. That's the reason you end up
sometimes with a bowed or misshapen piece once your strips
are sewn together. Instead, you want to change directions with
every strip that you add. So, for strips #1 and
#2, I might start at this end and I'll sewn
down. When I'm adding the third strip on, I'll start
with the opposite end and sew in this directions. By
reversing direction every time I add a strip, I can
make sure that my seams that are long stay accurate
and sharp and there's no bowing. Now, how do you
keep track of which direction you're going? Well, there are
a few things you can do. When I was working
with this project, I had the selvage end on one
of the strips. So on my first strip, I started
at the selvage end. So when I'm getting ready to
add my third strip I'll simply make sure that I
start on the opposite end. I could also place a
pin with the head of the pin pointed in the
direction that I want to sew. Then if you wanted
to sew multiple strips together, you could sew the first
two strips and these two strips together always starting at
the same end (the selvage end in my case). Then
on odd number rows when you're adding 3 and 4
and 5 and 6, start at the opposite end. Doing
this will be the key in making your long strips
straighter and more accurate. And, if you haven't yet had
a change to look at the video with four tips
for sewing straight, check that out, because you'll find even
more ways to make sure that you stay straight when
you're sewing those long or short seams. Directional sewing with
long seams is very important for keeping things accurate. Give
it a try!


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