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Date: 3/13/11 8:42 AM

Hi everyone,

I have sewn home dec for years, but am just learning to quilt! My sister has asked me to repair her quilt. A seam has come undone (possibly in the wash) along one block. One of the two fabrics has frayed, so there is barely a quarter inch seam allowance, more like 1/8 inch. I have pressed both sides out. Obviously it needs to be repaired by hand and I have not done this kind of repair before. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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Date: 3/13/11 12:36 PM

What I would suggest is to fuse a small slip of fusible web under where the seam has come undone, on top of the batting. Don't use HeatNBond, as it may discolor the fabric; try using Wonder Under or something similar. This allows the fabric to stay put until you can handsew it. Then to hand sew it, I would slipstitch it down to the batting, maybe even catching a bit of the backing underneath.

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Date: 3/13/11 1:39 PM

Miss Fairchild, thank you SO much. I will try this and let you know how it works out!

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Date: 3/14/11 9:36 PM

Please do; I'm anxious to see how it turns out!

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Date: 4/6/11 2:23 PM

Thanks so much. I repaired the quilt today, and it came out pretty well. Your idea to add the webbing made all the difference.

Best wishes, Marie

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Date: 4/22/11 12:44 PM

Just be sure to treat the quilt carefully, as the bonding can end up sticking to the batting and the fabric comes up again...at least that once happened to me.

So handwash is my suggestion.

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