Lesson Number 5: Piecing and Pressing

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Piecing and Pressing

Sew 12 stitches per inch, 1/4” from the edge of the fabric. Mark the throat plate with a piece of tape 1/4” to the right of the place where the needle pierces the fabric. Begin and stop stitching at the cut edges (except for set-in pieces, which will start and stop at the 1/4” seam line) and backstitch.

For hand piecing, begin with a knotted thread and make tight running stitches, backstitching every 4 stitches.  Sew on the marked line from point to point, not edge to edge.  Secure with 3 small backstitches before cutting the thread.

Press with a dry iron, and with seam allowances toward the darker fabric.  Press any abutting seams in opposite directions.

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