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It seems that quilters are always looking for a quicker and easier way to do most everything, and tying knots to end stitching is one of those things.

 

For those of us who do some hand stitching, there are several options for ending your stitching so that it stays sewn but doesn't create bulk in your quilt.

 

It seems that quilters are always looking for a quicker and easier way to do most everything, and tying knots to end stitching is one of those things.

 

For those of us who do some hand stitching, there are several options for ending your stitching so that it stays sewn but doesn't create bulk in your quilt.

 

For those quilters who hand cut their patches, here is a shortcut way to hand cut the patch and know that your finished piece will be the right size.

 

Rather than marking the cutting line on your fabric, mark the sewing line. That way, you have an accurate sewing line, regardless of how accurate your cutting line is.

 

Q: Can give us some hints about how to set the top and bottom tensions on the machine so you don’t end up with thread loops showing on the top or bottom, and how to know when the tensions are set correctly?

 

 

 

Quilters are always looking for quick, easy and accurate methods for various processes in their quilt making.

 

After all, making a quilt takes hours, days, weeks, months and sometimes even years, so why not use whatever methods are available to shorten the overall time it takes to make the quilt, and thereby lengthen the time you have to enjoy the quilt?

 

Always cut away from your body – you have more pressure when you are pushing rather than pulling (besides, you are less likely to cut yourself)

 

Hold the cutter at an approximately 45º angle, which is the most natural position for your hand and arm.  If the cutter is to straight or too low, it’s uncomfortable to cut, and may cause injury over time.

 

Some quilters like to cut just strips of fabric with their rotary cutter. It really is an easier way to cut. Fold and slice. Gather up the strip, and then cut off just what you need.

 

Well, I’m a little cheaper than that. I have found that when I cut strips, they are never just the size I need for the next project. They are too wide or too narrow, and either way, I end up wasting fabric.

 

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