No matter how many years you’ve been sewing, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, it’s always easy to make a mistake. Thankfully, with the wealth of knowledge available online, it’s easier than ever to find out how to correct your patchwork quilt mistakes.
Make sure your equipment doesn’t let you down
A good rule of thumb when it comes to quilting is ensuring you have a 1/4 inch seam allowance. For the best quilt, make sure your machine is set to the correct setting and check the foot on your sewing machine – if you don’t have patchwork feet, you may find your quilt in trouble down the line!
Don’t rock the boat
‘Making waves’ refers to the common problem of a wavy seam. Caused by not ensuring the top of the quilt is even when it comes to width and length, it can be easily solved. Before diving into stitching, ensure that first, you measure your borders and then you cut them – this prevents you from accidentally adding too much fabric which creates the waves. As the old adage goes, measure twice and cut once!
Pressing isn’t the same as ironing
Even though both make use of the domestic iron, mastering pressing is a key part of mastering sewing skills and garment making. Use the iron to gently work along the edge of the seam to ease it into the seam allowances. These seams will give your stitching projects a higher overall standard and better durability.
Even the best quilters among us make mistakes sometimes so don’t beat yourself up if your quilts aren’t perfect yet! The key is to persevere, so the worst mistake you can make is to give up before you’ve even got started – keep practising and you’ll see your sewing come on leaps and bounds.