As I mentioned at the end of my last post about my Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt, for the past several days I’ve been working on secret Christmas projects. I won’t be able to share those until after Christmas. Instead I’ll share this little trick I learned recently.
Perhaps you already know about this, but it was an Ah ha moment for me and a solution to something that has frustrated me for as long as I’ve been sewing (35+ years.)
Here’s the scenario:
You’re sitting at your machine. You’ve got your pattern pieces (or quilt block) pinned and ready to start sewing. You place them under the presser foot. And then when you start sewing, the fabric won’t feed through and it just sits there with the needle going up and down so that this is the result?
It doesn’t happen every time. Most times, the fabric will feed through and you go ahead and sew your seam (as of course it did, when I tried to get a picture of the knotted mess above to show you. Brownie points for a patient husband who stood ready with camera in hand.) But it happens often enough to be frustrating and usually on something that you really want to feed through perfectly.
Well I’ve learned a simple little trick to prevent this from happening. Take two small pieces of scrap fabric and place it under the presser foot, then place the project you want to start sewing butted up against it, like this:
Your fabric will feed through smoothly and you won’t have to worry about a mess of knots at the beginning of the seam.
Once you’ve finished sewing your seam, trim the little scraps off when you trim the threads.
I used this little trick when I was sewing my Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt and on other projects since and it works like a charm.