What's the difference between a good quilt and a prize-winning quilt? It isn't as much as you might think. These techniques and helpful tools used by the experts make it easier to create quilts that will impress even the toughest critics.
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7 Rights to Perfect Quilt Seams
The right pressing aide. Add a Tailor's Clapper to your pressing, and you'll be amazed at how flat your quilt seams lay. The wood clapper absorbs the heat and steam from fabric, and holds the press as the fabric cools.
The right thread. Your blocks will be more accurate and less bulky when you stitch them using 50 Weight cotton quilting thread. Blocks finish more true-to-size with less “fudging” to get them to fit together.
The right foot. Eliminate guesswork when you sew your seams with a Little Foot or Patchwork Foot, which have an exact 1/4" seam allowance from the right side of the foot to the center needle position.
The right pressing surface. Work on a stable pressing surface, such as the Steady Betty Pressing Surface. The foam layer holds your fabric securely so your blocks won't slip, stretch, or distort.
The right protection for your hands. Get close to your pressing work with Thermal Thimbles. They're heat-resistant and help you adjust your fabric or hold seams flat without burning your fingers.
The right iron. Use the best-quality iron you can afford. When your pattern tells you to set a seam, press a seam open or to one side, having a high-quality iron really does make a difference.
The right pins. Align your seams and hold them in place with Fork Pins. They easily hold both sides of a matched seam, whether they are flat or open. The bent grip also makes them easier to handle.