I never can stay away from fabric for very long I'm afraid.
The paints are all still out and in use, but the ideas were missing. So I managed to
make a bit of clean space on another table to get my sewing machine out.
I really struggle with machine piecing.....the points never meet properly and I just
can't get a quarter inch seam!
When I saw an advert for an Accuquilt cutting die system where all the shapes were
in proportion for mix and match, I thought it might help. I also discovered that there
was a stitch in the quilting section on my Janome machine that made a 1/4 inch seam
from the edge of the foot. How could I fail?
But I have a Sizzix Big Shot Plus and you are supposed to use the Accuquilt cutting
machine. So I decided to risk it....and have been experimenting with combinations
of plates this afternoon.
Now I must emphasise that I am NOT recommending this...... I am not responsible for
broken machines or plates. I found that the safest way to approach the problem was
to start with the thinnest combination of plates and increase by the tiniest bit at a time
until it cut properly.
This is MY successful combination for MY INDIVIDUAL machine.
I have to point out that when I got my new Sizzix machine I found that with some
wafer thin types of paper dies, the recommended sandwich resulted in curved dies
and plates and I was a bit cross. However, when I removed the sticky instruction
label from the base plate, it reduced the pressure just enough to reduce this and still
cut. I now understand when demonstrators say "get to know your own machine".
I am quite pleased with the finished quilt block even though I have slightly more
than 1/4 inch seams so the finished block would not quite be 9 inches.
A bit more practise needed before I tackle a super king sized bed quilt I think.
I hope you enjoyed reading this little diverted ramble....... P.