I did the restitching of the mistakes in the Dahlia quilt. I appreciate that many readers said don’t worry about it, but my eyes went right to it every time. On the photo below, it sticks out to me, and I am sure would stick out to a judge as well. It may not win a ribbon, but this way I will know that it wasn’t that part of the stitching that was the cause.
Once again, here is a close up of the offending line.
I got out the curved ruler I used to do the original work, and a chaco chalk liner to mark a thin new sewing line.
Here the chalk line is evenly spaced with the line on top. I took the advice of reader Kathy, and did the new one before removing the old one.
I threaded my domestic machine with the same blue thread on top, and the same creamy yellow Bottom Line in the bobbin. Then, I carefully stitched on the chalk line. When done, I raised the presser foot and pulled the piece out, creating long tails of thread. Pulling lightly on the blue, the yellow bobbin thread was pulled up to the top.
I tied them off, then buried the ends with an easy threading needle. The top of the needle is notched and the thread is laid across the notch and popped into the eye.
Next, I carefully worked a seam ripper under one stitch in the middle of the line to remove.
I clipped only this one spot, then carefully picked out the line to the right. When I had the stitching picked out to the edge, I cut the bobbin thread on the back leaving a long tail, and pulled it up to the top. Then, the threads were tied and buried like above.
Then I repeated the process for the line of stitching to the left of the cut stitch.
There!! Now that looks better!
Emboldened by the success of this procedure, I decided to take out another place where I got off track and restitch it as well. Here’s the before.
And here is the after, no mess left.
I am not going to be afraid to try to fix things from here on, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be!!
What are you sewing this week?
Update on the fundraiser for my blogger friend Susan at Desert Sky Quilting. I sent a donation to her last week from pattern sales, thank you to everyone that purchased. The offer will continue through the end of July, all proceeds from my pattern sales will go to her fund. You can also donate directly to Susan’s Go Fund Me page set up by her son. Every little bit helps.
Fat Quarter Shop has finally released their pattern for the Starry Charms quilt. You may remember that I did one for them in Christmas prints. Get the free pattern HERE. And while you are there, check out the Flash Sale, something new at clearance pricing everyday. Check out the It’s Sew Emma books on sale 30% off, and also 30% Off Kimberbell notions! Get 20% off the Basic of the Month, Blossom by Christopher Thompson for Riley Blake Design. Coming soon, check out the Bats and Boos Mystery Quilt Along!
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