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Date: 2/1/13 10:08 PM

I have a length of printed check fabric that I'm planning to make up into an a-line skirt. The checks are printed on the bias (i.e. when I cut the skirt on the straight, I'll get diagonal prints).

What are your best tips for matching checks across pattern pieces?

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Date: 2/1/13 11:52 PM

Walking foot or dual feed....lots of pins

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Date: 2/2/13 3:53 AM

In cutting out, make extra balance marks (notches) on the pattern, so that you can more easily see where the matching has to be made. On really difficult fabric work with a pattern without seam allowance and draw the seam allowance on the fabric after you've placed the pattern. Favour matching the lower part of the skirt over the top as unmatched pieces are more obvious there. If the fabric won't behave, hand tack or even slip tack to hold the seam in place. If the skirt seam takes off at an angle so that the fabric becomes stretchy as soon as its lifted from the table, run a line of masking tape, also known as painters tape I think, in the seam allowance before lifting the pieces to stop the fabric from stretching.

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Date: 2/2/13 9:16 AM

Mark the plaid placement on your pattern pieces and cut single layer/one piece at a time, matching the placement lines. Then the lots of pins mentioned above.

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Date: 2/2/13 11:01 AM

DUH! Of course the cutting out is extremely important...if you do not cut it out to match ,no sewing technique will help you!

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Date: 2/2/13 12:15 PM

I love the suggestion to use masking tape to stabilize a cut bias edge!

Thank you.

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