When I started sewing, I was very pro-pins. At the time, I sewed home-dec projects—pillows, curtains, valences, etc.—so I was working with sizable swaths of fabric, and the need for pins was real. As I started to quilt, however, I began to understand the limitations of pinning two pieces of fabric together. The fabric can still shift, especially at those critical points.
Whenever it works for the project at hand, I forgo pinning and use what I call “starter stitches.”
Here’s a block in progress from my Park Bench BOM (for more pics, see posts here and here) ...
I want the rest of the points in this block to be just as precise. Before I sew a seam in its entirety, I sew a few stitches—maybe 6 or 7—at the places where I want to align seams or preserve those precious points. These stitches go at the quarter-inch mark and are the standard stitch length I use for piecing.
Then I check to see how those intersections line up. The point on the left is a little off. Since I sewed a few starter stitches instead of the entire seam, I have little to rip out and resew.
Once I’m satisfied with the results, I sew the whole seam, going directly over the starter stitches, and press my seam.
Do you have a novel approach to ensuring your points are spot-on? Tell the rest of us about it in the comments!
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