Sewing the Pieces Together
To begin sewing, remove the pin at one end and insert your needle through both layers of fabric at the matching points. Make a backstitch or two, leaving a 1" tail. Note: Keep seam allowances free of stitching. They are not sewn down as they are in machine piecing.
Weave your needle in and out of the fabrics along the seam line using a short running stitch. Take four to six stitches before pulling the thread taut. To add stability to the seam, take a backstitch every 3/4" to 1" along the length of the seam.
Remove pins as you sew and ease the fabric into the curves, gently curving the pieces around your thumb to keep the seam lines aligned. Turn over the piece frequently to make certain your stitches are on the marked seam line.
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