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How to sew 4 pieces of fabric at the intersection
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Date: 2/12/13 3:44 PM

I feel sort of silly for asking this... If you are joining 4 pieces of square fabric, they meet at a point and when you sew the straight seam either horizontally or vertically, when you try to sew the other way, the selvages get in the way. How do you overcome this problem? Thank you so much
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Date: 2/12/13 4:51 PM

I'm not quite sure exactly what you're asking. You've sewn two pieces together and then you've sewn the other two pieces together separately and now you want to join them with the seams meeting in the middle? Depending on the project, you can either press open the two existing seams first and then line up the seam, or you can press the existing seams to one side, but make sure that the seam on each of the two pieces is pressed to the opposite side. Either way will reduce bulk over the seam.
Incidentally, I usually remove selvages as the weave is different to the rest of the fabric and may pull differently.

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Date: 2/13/13 3:12 AM

Are you sewing a garment or doing quilt piecing? I had a dress yoke that required a four way intersection marked by a dot.

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Date: 2/13/13 1:58 PM

I think I know what I did... I pinned all four pieces together and sewed down one side so when I try to sew the other way... It's strange. I looked it up and you sew two together then join the two halves. I really was being very silly. Thank you for your responses :)
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Date: 2/13/13 3:17 PM

Quote: swann
I think I know what I did... I pinned all four pieces together and sewed down one side so when I try to sew the other way... It's strange. I looked it up and you sew two together then join the two halves. I really was being very silly. Thank you for your responses :)

Oh...now I see why you were asking...no, that wouldn't work...lol. But glad you sorted it out :)

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Date: 2/13/13 3:53 PM

Quote: swann
I feel sort of silly for asking this... If you are joining 4 pieces of square fabric, they meet at a point and when you sew the straight seam either horizontally or vertically, when you try to sew the other way, the selvages get in the way. How do you overcome this problem? Thank you so much

Don't use selvages as part of the item unless you do not mind the seam puckering.

You can cut away the selvage so it relaxes and then use it as a seam stabilizer.

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Date: 2/13/13 4:55 PM

Any crossing seams have to be edge finished and pressed Open or to one side before you sew to anything else, whether another intersection or plain piece of fabric. ie crotch intersection on pants, all seams that intersect have to be pressed open, then you can easily pin the intersection.
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Date: 2/13/13 5:07 PM

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the selvages get in the way


Perhaps you meant the seam allowances?
Selvage is the edge of the fabric where the direction of the weft changes 180 deg.
Seam allowance is the bit of fabric beyond or outside the seamline. It supports the seam and is not seen from the right side of the item (unless the design is intended to show the rough edges).

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