Ask Alex: Stitching Triangles
What can be done when sewing triangles to ensure that the ends or points do not drift or tweak away?
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Expert Alex Anderson offers these pointers:
- A sharp new needle is recommended. Use a 70- or 80-size. Some quilters recommend changing needles after every six to eight hours of sewing or quilting.
- The throat plate hole can also make a difference — try a single-stitch hole throat plate for higher end sewing machines.
- Feed the fabric through with a stiletto.
Here’s an easy triangle-making technique:
1. Position two squares of fabric, right sides together, and cut down the center with the ruler placed on the 45-degree angle on the edge of the fabric. Cut into two-inch strips. Add 1/4-inch seam allowance if desired.
Triangles can be especially problematic to novice quilters. Here a few tips for working with the two most basic...