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Sewing Help Please

I could use some help from anyone that knows how to sew. I'm making memory quilts for my children and am currently working on the first one. They will look a little different than the one in the photo, but that is another memory quilt I made. I am using all sorts of fabric types, most of which used to be clothing. Due to this I have used an interfacing (suggested to me by someone at the craft store) to reduce the stretch. It has helped but the fabric still stretches, but not nearly as much.

The problem I am having is when I sew two pieces together the top one stretches as I sew. I looked online and what I found said mainly that either my presser foot has too much pressure or I'm holding the fabric wrong. My machine does not have an adjustable presser foot, that I know of, and the answers didn't explain the "proper" way to hold the fabric as I sew. As I taught myself to sew there is a good possibility that I am doing something wrong.

I did a quick test to see if maybe it was how I was holding the fabric and used two scraps of broadcloth (I think, it was in the quilting section of the store) and sewed them to see if I had the same problem with those. I did not, they sewed almost perfectly, as perfect as I get anyways. I don't know why it worked fine with the store bought fabric but not the clothing pieces. All I know is that it happens with almost all of the pieces I have sewed for the quilt, some worse than others. It's always the top piece that stretches, never the bottom piece.

If you have any suggestions I would love to know what they are so I can give it a try. I'd really like the pieces to stop stretching as I sew.

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oldies909 wrote on February 7, 2015, 8:48 PM

wish I can help you but I know very little about sewing.

Lutfi_wardi wrote on February 7, 2015, 10:05 PM

I don'k know much about sewing, I only can put thread into a needle. hehe

LindaCPearson wrote on February 8, 2015, 12:24 PM

I'm not much of a sewer so can't really help you out. I would think that using different types of fabrics would cause a problem. I've heard that buying the same type of fabrics, often pre-washing them before using them, is a good idea but I'm not sure about that.

j2jworkz wrote on February 8, 2015, 8:42 PM

Sorry wish I could help, definitely not in my wheelhouse.

bestwriter wrote on February 14, 2015, 11:03 PM

Memory quilt is a splendid idea. It is too late for me to start anything like this.

angelinavh wrote on February 18, 2015, 9:52 PM

I sew quilt for fun, and what I would suggest is where you want to sew use pins, that helps a lot with different fabric in a quilt. sometime I have to pin my quilt every inches to be sure that the fabric doesn't expend