Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tidbit Tuesday #3

I'm kind of liking these tidbit Tuesdays, what about you? Do you have one you'd like to share? Great!  Just email me your tip and I'll feature it here on my blog! :)

On to today's tip...

Have you ever sewn a bunch of strips together and by the time you are done pressing them all, you find that one end sort of "curves"?  It makes sub-cutting them a pain in the you know what, doesn't it? 

The next time you are sewing strips, try sewing the strips in opposite directions. Change the direction with each strip. When I start, I usually put a pin in the top of my first set of strips so I know which is the top to keep track of the direction I am going. See the photo below with the arrows to better understand what I mean. :)

TT Sewing Strips

I wish I could remember where I heard this before because it works for me even though I don't really understand why it makes a difference which way you sew it, but hey, it works so I thought I'd share it with you! :)

Also, don't forget about my giveaway that posted yesterday and will close on 05-20-10 and a winner will be chosen at random on 05-21-10!

Much Love!!!


  1. Ooh, good tip! Thanks! I'll be doing this next time and checking out the mysterious magic of it. :D

  2. Kind of along the same lines as crocheting. When youa re crocheting granny squares you don't have to turn your work after every row but if you don't it gets all wonky and crooked. But if you do the square is just as straight as can be.

  3. Super good tip! I learned it in quilting class but was never told why it works :) as long as it does I don't care I guess.ehhe..e.ee
    I love all your tips!

  4. just found your blog from may giveaway. i like your tips!! and of course your giveaway.

  5. Very good tip. I made a quilt with strips once and didn't do it and ended tearing it all out. Lesson learned.

  6. Agh! That's an awesome idea! Thanks...I hope I remember it! :)

  7. This has to do with the feed dogs. I have heard it said that when you sew the strip together the thread and the feed dogs shorten the side slightly so when you keep joining lots of stripping the same side it will curve. Great tip! Love your blog!


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