Almost Pucker-free Seams on Down Quilts
I’ve seen some pretty puckered seams on down quilt instructions for the DIY-ers out there. Being a quilter, I know how to minimize this, so I thought I’d tell you how:
It’s done with light weight tear-away fabric stabilizer. You probably find this stuff at Jo-Ann Fabrics, but you would find it at any quilting store. The stuff I used for the quilt came on a roll, although I do keep several kinds around for quilting. I honestly don’t remember where I got it. I have an extensive quilting stash of both fabric and JUNK, so it’s been around my sewing room for years.
Without further ado, a couple of pics so you can see how it’s done:
I cut the stabilizer 1 1/4″ for the record – wide enough that I wasn’t concerned about keeping it perfectly straight as I sewed the seam. It was all pinned in place before sewing. Replace pins with tape if you’re working with waterproof material. I did do a bit of re-pinning of the no-see-um as I was stitching the seams, even with a roller ball presser foot shown in the first pic, it puckers a bit between pins. I carefully unpinned one at a time, straightened it out, and re-pinned along my chalk marking lines to stitch. Pretty sure you can’t see the chalk marking lines in the photo. They’ll wash away first time I wash the quilt. Skinny quilter’s marking chalk was also in my stash of junk.