Recently in our shipment of notions to the store, we received a bunch of packages of both Steam-a-Seam 1/2″ and 1/4″ Steam a Seam tape. So what do quilters and sewers do with this stuff? Well, Fusible tape is perfect for seams and hems, trims, crafts and zippers. Also good to hold lace in place when attaching lace to a sewing project. Steam-A- Seam 2 1/4″ Double Stick has the pressure sensitive on both sides which allows for a temporary hold to both materials. You can hold your project vertically and the appliqué pieces stay in place and are still re-positionable until fused with an iron.
Some quilters use it to hold down the binding on their quilts after the binding is sewn on. Here’s a video showing how you can use this handy notion in your next project!
Here’s a quick tip to apply after you’ve finished a quilt top and done the final pressing. Before you sandwich the top with batting and backing, it’s a really good idea to run a line of “stay stitching” around the outside edge of your quilt top.
What exactly is stay stitching? Definition:Stay stitching is a single line of stitching, through one layer of fabric, to stabilize the fabric, preventing it from becoming stretched or distorted.
Expert quilters always sew as a scant 1/4″ distance around the outside perimeter of a quilt top. The stay stitching helps to keep your quilt top to the intended shape as it is stretched and layered with batting and backing. This practice really helps to hold all of the construction of your blocks and borders together so that stitches don’t pop open along seams.
Here’s a video from Pat Sloan that demonstrates this practice.
The stay stitching does not have to be perfect by any means as it will eventually end up buried in the binding or be trimmed away once the quilt top is squared up after being quilted.
Sew your “stay stitching” along your quilt top from the wrong side so that you can see the seam allowances and prevent them from being twisted or bunched up. The stay stitching is sewn all the way around the perimeter of your quilt top. Just be mindful not to stretch your top during this process.
Even if you top is not going to be sandwiched and quilted right away, this step of stay stitching will keep your top secure and ready for the day you make it into a finished quilt.
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The finished quilt measures 56″ x 64″ and includes includes fabric for the top and binding plus the Bunny Hill Designs pattern, embroidery floss and pigma pen. Our regular price is $230.00. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $149.00. Click I Believe in Snowmen to order yours today!
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