Sunday, May 13, 2007

Tip of the Day


Sometimes, especially in paper piecing, your basting stitches show. And these little stitches are just too teensy to take back out. I thought they were well hidden in the seam lines, and yes, as an afterthought, I should have used a darker thread, but you know how it is when sewing with lights AND darks - there are always times when you wish you had used a different color. Chances are, the darkened stitches might be covered with machine quilting, but just in case, I colored them to make them less visible.

I keep a package of Pigma Pens in various colors, as well as Sharpies, to color those occasional threads that unexpectedly appear. This also works well for machine quilting, when those light 'pokies' show through on a dark background. You will have to be a bit artistic about coloring the threads, you know, a dab of this color, a dab of that color. Go slowly and carefully, a little at a time -- you don't want a solid streak of one color. Be sure you use a PERMANENT pen!

Hey, sometimes you have to cheat a little bit. Better?

11 comments:

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Looks good to me! Tracey

Beth said...

I'm with Tracey....can you see it from a horse galloping by? If not, works for me!

May Britt said...

This is not cheating. This is a great idea.

atet said...

I don't see any cheating -- and I now need to get some of those pens!

Screen Door said...

Great tip - thanks for sharing...

Angie said...

What a wonderful tip, Elaine! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. :) BTW, have you seen your Indigo Bunting yet? I'm so glad you're enjoying my bird photos. :D

Owens Family Adventures said...

This is why you are my hero and I secretly tell people we are bestest buds!! No, that is not me peeing at you in your window!! Really, it's a shadow!! heehee
Great idea!!!
dawn

Owens Family Adventures said...

hahahahahahaha Sorry about that!! I meant peeKing not peeing. I am now laughing so hard my family thinks I'm losing it in here!!
heheheheheheheheh
dawn

Lisa said...

That's a great tip - I never would have thought of it!

Dawn said...

I've heard about the pigma pen trick!!!!!

Marcie said...

That is a very funny and very clever tip! I am also laughing at Mrs. Owens! What a crack up!