Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Today it's my turn on the Sweet Stars Sewalong blog tour. I am going to share with you the easiest and most proven trick to help you with accuracy when you're sewing. It's something really quite simple, but it seriously works wonders. -Drum roll please- It's pinning!
Let's talk first about the actual pins. I will totally admit it, I'm a pin snob. When I first started sewing I just used regular sewing pins that I bought at my local store. I had no idea there were different options out there. I would pin my projects and then pull out each needle when I came to it so I didn't end up with flying broken needles everywhere. While it did help, it still wasn't perfect, my fabrics would still shift a little once that pin was taken out. A few years ago I was introduced to Little House needles. It took a little persuading to actually buy them because I just didn't see how different these pins could be from what I already had. Well, I was completely wrong! The first time I tried them I was hooked!
These pins are not only sharper, which make it easier to insert through layers of fabric, but they are so skinny that you can sew right over them with out taking them out. Being able to keep the pin in while I sew has helped with accuracy SO much.
I'm sure most of you already do this, but when I sew I make sure I iron my seams so that when I pin the pieces together the seams will nest with one another. I find that this helps not only protect my seams from falling apart, but it also helps with accuracy.
Once my seams are lined up and my pieces are pinned I just sew away. It makes it so much faster to be able to just sew right over the pins. Because I want my blocks to be as accurate as possible I always pin my pieces when I'm lining up seams. I know some don't do this and may find it time consuming, but for me it works and I like that I don't have to worry about everything lining up in the end because Ive pinned.
Peta and Fat Quarter Shop have generously sent me Little House pins to giveaway! To enter please leave a comment below. For an extra entry you can visit my Instagram @stitchingrevival and leave a comment there as well.
If you're interested in joining the Sweet Stars Sewalong and you'd like to make the darling quilt Peta has designed here are all the links and info
Quilt Kit featuring Sweet Orchard Fabrics by Sedef Imer for Riley Blake Designs: http://www.fatquartershop.com/
PDF & Paper Patterns are available from my either
She Quilts A Lot online shop: http://www.shequiltsalot.bigca
Fat Quarter Shop: http://www.fatquartershop.com
Don't forget to check out these other bloggers throughout the rest of the month that are part of the blog tour.
Kirsty from Bonjour Quilts
Mastering the humble half square triangle
Kimberly from the Fat Quarter Shop
Sweet & simple: the Sawtooth Star block
Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane
Everything you need to know about easy corner triangles
Nadra from Ellis and Higgs
Pretty & Practical: Quarter square triangles & the Ohio Star block
Cindy from Hyacinth Quilt Designs
Perfect, wobble free, borders every time
Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Machine & free motion quilting tips
Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Fast and accurate machine binding to get your project finished
Peta from She Quilts A Lot
Wrap Up & Giveaway