Chain piecing

This is basic for anyone sewing blocks or strips together, and I mean a LOT of them. I just finished a quilt with about 1275 squares, each 2 inches finished, and chain piecing was essential to getting it finished timely.

Think about this: whenever you want to sew something together, you have to place your piece with your 1/4 inch seam allowance, lower your foot, pull back on your bobbin and top thread (to ensure the material isn’t pulled into the bobbin casing or that the thread gets all tangled), and then go. If you stop, take the piece out when finished, and do that all over again, you are wasting a lot of time and effort you really could use to keep sewing!


cutting the "chain link" = thread between setslining up the next set to sew

This pic shows me cutting the thread between the chained pieces. Some people prefer to iron them first, I prefer to cut them first, then iron them flat.
This depicts lining up the second set of fabric to piece together… fitting it under the foot just as the last one goes through. Prime situation is to have a little space between them, but you don’t need to clear the foot prior to putting your next set under the foot.

lining up the next set to sew

 You do want to keep the pedal going, you can pause as needed, but you want to keep your thread going, and that alleviates the need to keep cutting, pulling excess thread to the back, lining up, starting slow, etc. 

the chain

This photo shows the chain after I have removed it from the machine, prior to cutting the chain. Give it a try, and you may be surprised at how much time you save!!

Happy quilting my friends!

One thought on “Chain piecing

  1. chindeep3141 says:

    Great tip!

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