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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hex Tute continued...

Today we sew 2 hexagons together.

My rule of thumb is to have a thread cut the length from your elbow to the tips of you fingers, this helps prevent knotting while sewing. No need to knot the end...

Please read through all instructions before proceeding... Normal practice, I know, but every once in a while we need a reminder... 8-)

Edit: Very important!
You only sew on the lines, end to end. You don't sew to the end of your piece of fabric, as you will have problems with pressing out your seams later...

Photo 1.)
Insert your threaded needle into a corner of your marked hexagon, and looking at the back of your second hex make sure the needle comes through on the corner. Snug your fabrics together on the needle.


Photo 2.)
Make sure your needle is on the mark at the back...







Photo 3.)
Do the same with a small pin in the other corner and lock on the line, checking the back to make sure they line up. Then match pin in the center on your marked lines, checking the back once again.

Photo 4.)
Bring your needle up into the line to take your first stitch, looking at the back for accuracy. Pull through leaving about a 3/4" tail.

Photo 5.)
At this point, make two back stitches in you corner making sure everything still lines up with the marked line.





Photo 6 & 7.)
Take 4 to 6 stitches onto the needle. Check the back just to make sure you are not majorly off. If need to adjust, adjust, but if all looks good...








Photo 8.)
... pull needle through. Make one back stitch and...



Photo 9.)
...load up another 4 to 6 stitches, check back marked line, make any necessary adjustments, and pull through. One back stitch, and continue in this manner to the end corner.


Photo 10.)
At the end you will do 2 back stitches like you did at the beginning.

I usually do my single back stitches about every 3/4 to 1 inch...

Photo 11.)
I'm showing you the back side...forgot to take a photo of the working stitch side...
Tomorrow we will attach a third hexagon...

I hope my instructions are understandable, and am sorry if some of the photos are a bit fuzzy...

6 comments:

Catherine said...

Great tutorial on hexagon stitching! I think you'd love using Inklingo -- no more tracing around your template. You print your shapes and the stitching lines and matching points are there for you.

Kerri said...

Thank you Myra. I was thinking of have=ing a go at that and I will just as soon as I catch up on some UFO's. But your tute will come in very handy. I had no idea how to do it. And the little back stitch is a great idea. Hope to start some soon with my scraps. Thanks again for sharing.

scrappy quilter said...

This is something I haven't tried yet. I just might try it now. Great tutorial.

Lurline said...

Great tutorial on the go - it will be a great help to the newbies!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Julia said...

Great tut Myra.
This is how I like to do hexes..
Saves doing all that paper work..
Julia ♥

Gina said...

Great tutorial

love and hugs Gina xxx