Whether using long cut pieces of material for a quilt or precut fabric strips for some other project, stitching them using sewing machines can be more of a challenge than it may seem. There is also one basic reason why joining many parts together on Janome machines and other units often do not look as good as they should. Use the helpful tip referenced below to avoid crooked strips and to ensure that whether using Janome 8200QCP machines or any other unit, these strips come out nice and straight.
Challenge With Stitching Fabric Strips
Stitching thin pieces of fabric together may seem fairly easy to do; unfortunately the results are not always good. As many seamstresses have probably experienced, they are left with a sewn piece of material that bows or curves and the strips look anything but straight. The material has lost its shape and cannot be used in this form or the finished project will be affected. In addition, the curving tends to become more pronounced as more strips are added.
So what is the problem? Even when using high-quality machines like Janome, this sometimes unavoidable issue occurs because of the tension of the fabric and thread when stitching together multiple small pieces of cloth that have no give.
How To Curving
Fortunately, there is a really simple way to prevent this problem when sewing many small pieces of fabric together using machines like the Janome 8200QCP. By alternating the direction in which the strips are being sewn, the material and thread tension are offset and remains even as strips are added, producing a straight piece of material without the curved effect. By starting this type of project with an added strip at the bottom of the collective material, then stitching the next strip at what is essentially the top of the fabric, the problem can be alleviated.
Keeping Track of Direction
The main issue with alternating the direction for each added strip is keeping track of which direction was just sewn and turning things around for the next one. This can also be remedied easily with a single pin. Put a pin in the bottom of one of the bits of cloth that is being sewn to mark the bottom of the material and stitch the first two pieces together. Before starting the next two strips, turn the main fabric so the pin is at the top. Arrange the next piece in place and stitch from what is basically top to bottom.
To add the third one, turn the fabric again so the pin is once again on the bottom. By turning the material each time, alternating where the pin is located before stitching on the next piece of material, all the strips will be sewn on straight without curving due to tension.
Before getting overly frustrated or wondering if there is something wrong with the machine when stitching multiple thin pieces of fabric together, remember the little trick discussed here. Whether using the Janome 8200QCP or other Janome units, most material will start to curve unless the strips are sewn in alternating directions. This is just one more of those little insider tips to help sewers get the best use from their machines while creating beautiful quilts and crafts!