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Posted on: 9/23/09 10:06 PM
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"Jump" squares ( I don't know what else to call them), have been one of those techniques that has changed my sewing experience.

No more losing your thread or thread nests or jamming.

It's a trick I learned from a sample maker in the garment industry. You use a fabric square at the beginning of the seam, which has been sewn onto from the last time you sewed a seam, then "jump" off of it and onto your seam. Position the rest of your garment seams "choo-choo train"style so you are always jumping onto a seam immediately. For the last seam use the jump square. Leave the square under your machine needle for next time so you are set to go.

This really will change your sewing experience!

I have recently found that thick felt is wonderful to make a square from. I cut 2 squares for each machine I have, each is 2.5 inches.

You can use regular fabric folded in half but the felt is a single layer.




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Tina Rathbone said...
Yes; this one's very familar! We quilters call it a "spider." (Lots of random threads hanging off it as it grows.)
9/24/09 2:10 AM
Braemar said...
Do you still back stitch once you have "Jumped" onto the main fabric piece to secure the end stitches?
9/24/09 3:11 AM
Braemar said...
Do you still back stitch once you have "Jumped" onto the main fabric piece to secure the end stitches?
9/24/09 3:12 AM
ryansmumAria said...
Braemar, Yes, you do back stitch to secure both the first and last stitch of the seam.
9/24/09 7:45 AM
nonnasgift said...
How do you secure your threads at the ends of the seams? Do you back stitch once your are on your real fabric?
9/24/09 7:50 AM
ryansmumAria said...
Nonna, Yes, I sew about 4 stitches and then back stitch about 2 stitches . I find that if I do this I am less likely to have a fabric jam.
9/24/09 7:56 AM
KempCorr said...
Great idea -- why have I been doing this only AFTER I've had a thread jam and wasted the time clearing it. Doing it as regular practice never occurred to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you !!!
9/26/09 1:27 PM
 
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