How To Make Perfect Blocks Everytime

 

 

This is a great demostration for how to make a perfect block every time.

First, I want to thank Sharon Leadbetter for demonstrating her skills.

If you’re a beginner, she might help you develop skills/habits you’ll use the rest of your life when quilting.

If you’re an experienced block builder it might give you some insights you haven’t had before.

Sharon starts by explaining how critical the scant 1/4 inch seam. Suggests you use a 1/4 inch foot, (adjust your needle position left or right to get it right).

Use the same ruler brand, for all your rulers, creates accurate measuring and cutting, press your seams open for a flatter block makes it easier for the long arm quilts.

 

 


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124 Responses to “How To Make Perfect Blocks Everytime”

  1. Louella Johnson

    May 15. 2017

    very good, thank you

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  2. Mary Shoemake

    May 16. 2017

    Save

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  3. Carol Ann McGuire

    Jun 10. 2017

    Very good video.

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  4. Norma Saylor

    Jul 04. 2017

    A great video!

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  5. Beverly Le Long

    Jul 05. 2017

    Really helpful thank you ☺

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  6. Susan Curtis-Evans

    Jul 05. 2017

    Very helpful thx

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  7. Donna Simpson

    Jul 05. 2017

    Crystal Marie Scott This may help!

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  8. Barbara Hebert

    Jul 05. 2017

    Great!

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  9. Dianne Murphy

    Jul 05. 2017

    I didn’t think I would learn anything but have been ironing the blocks wrong.!!

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  10. Crystal Marie Scott

    Jul 05. 2017

    Ty

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  11. Sharon Smith Olsen

    Jul 05. 2017

    My goodness! If I had to follow all those rules I would be afraid to do any sewing. Good thing I just sew for the family.

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  12. Kathy Holgate

    Jul 05. 2017

    An excellent demo, I suggest these things to the ladies in my sewing classes all the time with the exception of pressing the seams open. Usually I do not recommend this.

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  13. Ginger

    Jul 05. 2017

    Extremely helpful!

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  14. Robyn Miché

    Jul 07. 2017

    Donna Coleman

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  15. Pat Salvant

    Jul 07. 2017

    Very nice, But I can’t bring myself to press those seams open! I’d rather “nest”. Will surely try the shorter stitch length.:)

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  16. Ida Garrett

    Jul 07. 2017

    Really good information. Now I know what I’ve been doing wrong.

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  17. Patsy Frafford

    Jul 07. 2017

    Great ideas!

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  18. Bangge Leow

    Jul 07. 2017

    Simple tips that make a big difference – thank you .

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  19. Sue Doerksen Holt

    Jul 07. 2017

    My very first quilt class included a pressing lesson just like this lady does. I still do it like this today.

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  20. Gail Inglis

    Jul 08. 2017

    Love your video, will try this next time thank you

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  21. Ginny

    Jul 08. 2017

    Great instructions!

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  22. Karen Corley Longo

    Jul 08. 2017

    Christy Moon Calhoun

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  23. Sue Middagh

    Jul 08. 2017

    Good tips, who knew!

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  24. Morag Clark

    Jul 09. 2017

    Very interesting fur a beginner -the patterns I have looked at always say to press tqge seams toward the darker fabric. This wsy seems more logical.

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  25. Ann Wind

    Jul 09. 2017

    I was told to always press the seams toward the darker side because it was stronger .not sure pressing them open would help when you do stitch in the ditch. Would only be sewing the threads

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  26. Pam Alverson

    Jul 09. 2017

    Great things to do

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  27. Adele Rayment

    Jul 09. 2017

    Marie, and Carol, something for me to keep in mind. Now I see where I could have improved my finished products!

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  28. Carol Brown

    Jul 09. 2017

    lol I guess I talk in quilting for nothing, most of everything she shows I have said. Every quilter is different, I do not open my seams exception being lemoyne star, wack’n stack etc., these have a lot seams that meet in the middle and make it bulky. I never use sizing as it makes it difficult to hand quilt.

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  29. Karen Lynn Watson

    Jul 09. 2017

    Karen Lynn Watson

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  30. Ruth Biddle

    Jul 09. 2017

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  31. Suzanne Hill

    Jul 10. 2017

    A really good video! I’ve be ironing seams in general wrong! Sharing it so that it’s on my timeline and as info for any of my fb friends who may be interested in quilting now or in the future.

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  32. Marjorie Austen

    Jul 10. 2017

    Way too intense for me. I don’t think she has much fun quilting. Sad.

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  33. Tonya Weizenegger

    Jul 10. 2017

    I need to remember that 1.9 stitch length!

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  34. Shelly Van Lanen

    Jul 10. 2017

    Nicole Buettner good tips!

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  35. Linda Butterfield

    Jul 11. 2017

    Such a good tutorial very instructive

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  36. Louise Strzalka

    Jul 12. 2017

    Great instructions helped a lot.

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  37. Shirley Nevius Pandi

    Jul 12. 2017

    Oh he’ll no

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  38. Patricia Long

    Jul 12. 2017

    See this Cathy Jackson.

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  39. Irene Laliberte

    Jul 12. 2017

    Wow very good

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  40. Melissa Bandura

    Jul 14. 2017

    Amanda Hannah

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  41. Denise Barber

    Jul 14. 2017

    Ty for sharing!

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  42. Nancy Finlayson

    Jul 14. 2017

    Good information

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  43. Marla Stebens

    Jul 15. 2017

    Thank you!

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  44. Adele Becker

    Jul 16. 2017

    Thanks for those tips

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  45. Karletta Myers

    Jul 16. 2017

    I press to the dark side. It works for me.

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  46. Janet Coutu

    Jul 16. 2017

    Z

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  47. Alicia Counsil Peters

    Jul 16. 2017

    Make sure you turn your stitch length down

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  48. Linda Hudson

    Jul 16. 2017

    Great ideas.

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  49. Melissa Bright

    Jul 17. 2017

    ..

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  50. Lola Bryant

    Jul 17. 2017

    First thing I thought…yikes hot iron + cutting mat =DISASTER

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  51. Nancy O'Keefe Bugliosi

    Jul 17. 2017

    Thank you!! Love the music!

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  52. Diane Crady

    Jul 18. 2017

    I press seams to the side. I was taught that if you press them open it weakens the seam. As long as you are consistent with the method you use it should be fine.

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  53. Adele Getz

    Jul 19. 2017

    Janice Stock do you recommend ironing the seams open to make it better to long arm quilt?

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  54. Helen Thompson

    Jul 19. 2017

    I would/will never press my quilt seams open. It makes the seam too weak.

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  55. Ev Ottley

    Jul 19. 2017

    Jennifer Clayton Ottley

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  56. Helen Hunt

    Jul 21. 2017

    Shirley Stevenson

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  57. Helen Hunt

    Jul 21. 2017

    This is what I saw today

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  58. Wendy

    Jul 23. 2017

    Thing that confused me was about NOT MARKING ON THE CUTTING MAT? I understand not using the lines on the mat as they are thick but NOT MARKING YOUR FABRIC ON IT! Can someone help me out here please?

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  59. Cecily Skennar

    Jul 29. 2017

    Lyn this lady says to press to seams open for a perfect block. What do you think. More work or easier

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  60. Sherri Katafias

    Jul 31. 2017

    I have been taught to press seams to the side. Anyone switch after seeing this?

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  61. Judith Reed Diver

    Jul 31. 2017

    I have taught quilting for some time and I believe you should only press seams open if several seams are coming together in the same place! It does reduce bulk. BUT if you do not need to do it to reduce bulk, then do not press them open. It produces a much weaker seam which will wear out sooner!

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  62. Clare Bartkowski

    Aug 01. 2017

    Joanne Waters, thanks so much for sharing this. It will help me so much.

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  63. Charlotte Mills

    Aug 02. 2017

    Thanks. Good job!

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  64. Peggy Abarr Oney

    Aug 03. 2017

    Shelley Abarr Harkins Megan Oney Hegwood

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  65. Krys Koniecko

    Aug 03. 2017

    Hey Madelyn, you should post this to my Quilting Together page.

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  66. Judy Kiviaho

    Aug 05. 2017

    See El and Jane-Ann Dunville. Great tips for all

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  67. Brenda Lutz Wellnitz

    Aug 06. 2017

    Erica Heesaker Judy Petrowitz

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  68. Nice thanks for sharing

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  69. Eileen De Ville

    Aug 06. 2017

    I do like the the open seam. Will try that with my next project. Thanks.

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  70. Rose Peters

    Aug 06. 2017

    Great tips

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  71. DeeAnn Galland

    Aug 08. 2017

    April Acey Hamilton

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  72. April Acey Hamilton

    Aug 08. 2017

    Love this. Thank you DeeAnn.

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  73. Brenda Shepherd Thomas

    Aug 09. 2017

    I watched this last week. lots of helpful hints.

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  74. Donna Schupp Abell

    Aug 11. 2017

    I think it’s more work. If you press to one side you can nest your seams, a lot easier than trying to match up an open seam.

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  75. Donna Schupp Abell

    Aug 11. 2017

    My longarmer doesn’t care. And she thinks an open seam is weaker.

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  76. Donna Schupp Abell

    Aug 11. 2017

    Me too.

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  77. Linda Tarlton

    Aug 12. 2017

    Thank you for info.

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  78. Joline Clark

    Aug 13. 2017

    Ann Parent

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  79. Jo Davison

    Aug 13. 2017

    Thank you so much. I’m a beginner and getting frustrated by my seams

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  80. Kathy Rowett

    Aug 15. 2017

    I agree

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  81. Tina Miracle

    Aug 16. 2017

    Excellent job

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  82. Donna Harrison Harris

    Aug 16. 2017

    Very good technique & video – thank you!

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  83. Lilian Little

    Aug 18. 2017

    Diane Brader. Seems like more people are pressing seams open. Go figure.

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  84. Diane Brader

    Aug 18. 2017

    Very helpful. I am saving this to watch again.

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  85. Donna Taylor

    Aug 21. 2017

    Kelly Hively. Watch this.

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  86. Ruth Butcher

    Aug 21. 2017

    Crystal Banks very good info

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  87. I guess I’ve learned the incorrect way. Time for a change.

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  88. Brenda Martin

    Aug 22. 2017

    Brenda Martin

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  89. Donna Boles

    Aug 23. 2017

    I don’t pin. It takes too long.

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  90. Marilyn Saunders

    Aug 28. 2017

    Thank you

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  91. Marilyn Saunders

    Aug 28. 2017

    Thank you

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  92. Janet Thor Capito

    Aug 28. 2017

    Interesting

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  93. Carolyn Bauknight

    Aug 28. 2017

    Thank you

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  94. Jeannette Durette

    Aug 28. 2017

    Thank you

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  95. Edna Summers

    Aug 28. 2017

    Not wrong if you are pressing to the dark just different I feel it’s a stronger Seam pressed to one side just my opinion though

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  96. Anita Mahfouz Shaw

    Aug 29. 2017

    Guess I’ve been doing it wrong on the 35 quilts I’ve made.

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  97. Janet Carpenter

    Aug 30. 2017

    Margie Threet and Michelle Lynn Bagnas Herrera. Wow! I’ve been doing several things wrong all this time!

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  98. Susan Rhoades

    Aug 31. 2017

    Thanks for the review keeps my on the straight and square.

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  99. Sandra Jones

    Aug 31. 2017

    Than you

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  100. Tiffani Roland

    Sep 01. 2017

    What other videos does Sharon have?

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  101. Sharon Hopfinger

    Sep 02. 2017

    This is a great video. Sometimes we are so interested in teaching how to make a block we forget the beginning techniques. Good job

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  102. Erin Williamson

    Sep 02. 2017

    I really miss my quilting friend!!…how are you??

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  103. Cathy Knights Harmon

    Sep 02. 2017

    Great instructions!

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  104. Barb Austin

    Sep 02. 2017

    Gloria Kay Gossett

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  105. Tammey Stray

    Sep 03. 2017

    I don’t agree with opening of the seams though. I don’t open seams. I have mine going the opposite way and I find it easier to match corners when they lock no pins needed. But nice video.

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  106. Maureen Hill Budowle

    Sep 03. 2017

    For me, it depends on the block.

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  107. Gladys Miller

    Sep 03. 2017

    Great video refresh for me

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  108. Brenda Martin

    Sep 05. 2017

    Brenda Martin

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  109. Lynda Keyes

    Sep 06. 2017

    Andrea Sheather

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  110. Kathie LaForge

    Sep 10. 2017

    Billie Kneen do u press seams open?

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  111. Brenda Butler Hill

    Sep 10. 2017

    Charlene, watch this and let’s talk about it.

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  112. Patricia Cundall

    Sep 10. 2017

    I’ve watched this and tried some of her tips, they work.

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  113. Billie Kneen

    Sep 10. 2017

    No I don’t unless it actually calls for it in the pattern. It makes the seams lay flatter if there is a lot of bulk.

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  114. Debbi Treusch

    Sep 12. 2017

    Pressing seams open does not help you longarmer. Especially if you want custom quilting as there is longer a ditch. Butting your seams with proper pressing is much better.

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  115. Karen Minckler

    Sep 12. 2017

    Donna Schupp Abell that’s what I was told too.

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  116. Kay Branan Niblett

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  117. Donna Boles

    Sep 13. 2017

    I don’t pin either. I hold mine in place

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  118. Interesting

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  119. Claire C Miller

    Sep 13. 2017

    I don’t think it has a thing todo with party., it has to with them being flaming asses.. and our leader is right up there with them.

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  120. Dianna L. Wiggers

    Sep 14. 2017

    I also think pressing to one side makes the seam stronger and not have as much stress on the seam.

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  121. Billie Burkett

    Sep 15. 2017

    Tabitha Smith

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  122. Tabitha Smith

    Sep 15. 2017

    Maybe that’s why it said to press open!

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  123. Janene Stewart

    Sep 15. 2017

    Pressing open does give a nic e flat seam, but what if you want stitch in the ditch to quilt. What is the stitching catching? It will only catch your stitching not the top layer of fabric?

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  124. They always say to press seams to one side so they are stronger

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