All those rows of quilting has caused progress to be quite slow on my Chanel-style jacket – the thread ends need to be unpicked and restitched back into place after the shell seam has been sewn – and there is a lot of thread ends! Next time I will definitely take a more minimal approach to my quilting!
Here’s what I did:
Unpicked the quilting threads, cut the panel seams (being careful not to cut the threads), and sewed the seam by machine:
And that is just one side back seam! I have completed the other side back seam, and will start work on the side seams shortly. See you next month…..
A couple of things I learnt through trial and error:
- Leave long thread tails when machine quilting.
- Overlock panel seams once cut, to prevent fraying. (although backstitching the quilting threads does help to stabilise it quite a bit)
- When machining the seam, make sure that not only the checks/plaid matches, but the quilting lines match too – I was half a quilting row out when I sewed my second seam…..