|The Unhappiness That Is My Collar Bone|
In this post, I wanted to document some of the things that have worked for me in the final stages of this project so I can refer back to it in the future and save myself some trial-and-error:
|Marking Stars for Free Motion Quilting|
|"Wave Stitch" Controls Fullness in Unquilted Border Perimeter|
My next trick when I am doing a Minky-backed quilt with satin binding is to enlist my serger to trim and clean up the edges of the quilt before binding. That wave stitch also enabled me to remove the remaining safety pins from the quilt before they went anywhere near the serger blades...
|Two Thread, Left Needle Serger Overlock Before Binding|
One big, HUGE thing to remember as you're setting up your serger is that MINKY STRETCHES, but ONLY IN ONE DIRECTION. It's important to test your stitch settings across both the lengthwise AND the crosswise grains before you start in on your quilt. Otherwise the stitch that looked great on your sample might get wavy on the two sides of the quilt where the Minky wants to stretch on you.
|Test Your Stitch Settings on the Lengthwise AND Crosswise Grains!|
Here's one more serger trick that I always forget when I'm trimming away the excess batting and backing fabrics as I overcast the edge of the quilt. Just before reaching the corner, I cut away a couple of inched of the excess fabrics on the side I'm about to stitch with a scissor. Then I can serge right to the edge of the corner, sink my needle just off the edge and raise it to the highest position, pull the work backwards to clear the stitch finger, and then turn the quilt to begin stitching the next side of the quilt right at the corner where I left off. I always mess up the first corner before I remember the scissor trick. If you forget, you try to turn the corner but the bulk of the untrimmed batting and backing is in your way so you can't get the quilt back under the presser foot far enough.
|Approaching the Corner, Next Side Scissor Cut 2-3"|
|Stitched Right Side Up, so the Front Looks Good...|
|...But the Back Is Not So Hot!|
|Water Soluble Thread Placement Line for Satin Binding|
|Settings for Water Soluble Thread|
I've decided on a triple-stitched zigzag stitch to secure the satin binding to my quilt. I'll be using Mettler Poly Sheen thread for that, for reasons of strength, matching the color and the sheen of the satin binding, and because both the satin binding and the Minky backing fabrics are polyester. I'm using a brand new size 80/12 Microtex Sharp needle to stitch the satin binding without any snagging or pulls (which are also possible pitfalls of pinning, which is why I'm considering gluing the binding in place).
|Broken Thumb with Splint|