This probably hasn’t happened to you. But just in case it ever does, I’ll show you how I dealt with it.
I had finished all the borders of my Mystery Quilt, and as I started to press, I saw this on one of my long borders! The seam allowance was on the right side of the quilt!! I hate when this happens!The room suddenly got hot and I loosened my collar. (That seems to happen when I discover that something’s really wrong in my project.) I really didn’t want to take off the whole long border. Or I should say, I would not take off the long border!
So I removed the stitches from the area, an inch or so on either side of the border. (Actually it would be easier had I removed another few inches.) Then I pressed the seam allowances flat again.
I’m dealing with a bias seam here, so I removed the stitches very gently. (My favorite seam ripper for short distances is the one you see here, 29273.)
I put Glue-Baste-It, 44929, in a very thin line of dots on the folded seam allowance, close to the fold, and lined up the other seam allowance on top of it , this time on the back of the quilt! When I got the second seam allowance positioned correctly, I pressed it with the iron to immediately dry the glue. (Here you see one of my quilting assistants, Puccini, holding the quilt down.)
With the seam allowances now on the wrong side of the quilt, I took it to the sewing machine. Using one of my Wonder Clips, A12996, to hold the quilt top away so I could sew the border seam more easily I finished it up. I love the new Wonder Clips Wrist Cushion to hold the Wonder Clips. A28353 It’s so handy. (Both these items are shown here.)
My seam is right now, and no one will know the difference. I don’t think Puccini (“Pooch” for short) will tell anyone, because he slept through the whole thing!
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