Flip or No Flip

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We have been discussing aspects of sewing for several weeks now. How do you like the series so far?

The topic for today’s discussion is seams. Seams are created when two or more pieces of fabric are joined together. When rows of quilt blocks are stitched together a sandwich is made by laying the bottom row right side up, and the top row right side down. The two rows are then joined together with a line of stitching. After completing the stitching the new unit is removed from the machine. After removing the new unit I always look on the back side to see if my seams are laying in the proper direction. Sometimes a seam might flip and unfortunately end up facing the wrong way. That drives me bonkers! Argh! I wish they would all behave and stay in line. It’s almost like trying to hurd cats and we all know how successful that is. I almost always reach for my seam ripper and open up the seam to fix them.

So here is the question for today:

If you find that one or more of your seams has flipped do you remove the stitching and fix it?


14 thoughts on “Flip or No Flip

  1. I don’t know if I’ve caught them all, but I’ve enjoyed the ones I have read. I consider flipped seams a part of life like baby stretch marks and wrinkles, just not quite so inevitable! I rarely fix them. =)

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I think you have a very healthy attitude! 🙂

  2. I always enjoy your posts, so yes I like the series. I used to not rip stitches out if a seam flips but I have learned it is worth the time to fix it.

    1. Tierney, I am always thrilled to see that you have visited. Thank you for your vote of confidence. I agree with your answer. I think it’s worth the effort. 🙂

  3. I’ve been enjoying this series of posts. It really depends on how many have flipped and whether I am trying to be easy going LOL

    1. AJ, Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the series. I think you have a healthy way of looking at the issue. 🙂

      1. Thank you:) I’m trying really hard to enjoy the process of sewing and not to be a perfectionist because really no one is going to notice but me!

      2. AJ, that’s right! 🙂

  4. Hi Cindy,
    It does drive me bonkers . . . but I don’t always fix it. Sometimes I don’t notice it right away, and when that happens and it would involve too many seams to rip out I just flip it to the right side and iron the heck out of it. And then I forget about it – most importantly. I’m with Tracy on this – I marvel at something that looks fabulous and forget about the flipped seam altogether. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Roseanne, I’m so glad you stopped by and left a comment. You have a really positive way at looking at it. Way to go for moving on and letting it go! 🙂

  5. Great question Cindy! I am a “if you can’t see it, don’t fix it” kind of girl:). Unless someone is going to be looking at the inside of my quilt or judging the back of my block, I smile at my well matched points on the front and keep sewing❤️. Isn’t it funny how everyone is different?:)

    1. Tracy, first of all thank you for sharing your thoughts! It is interesting how we are all so different. Way to go for having such a fun attitude! 🙂

  6. I undo the seam and fix it, hoping no one is near by to hear my few choice words.
    I appreciate these questions because it is good to know that other people experience the same problems. I also learn new tricks from the responses.

    1. Chela, I like your honest reveal. 🙂 I agree with your frustration. If only!!! Why can’t they just behave themselves and not cause so much frustration. LOL Then again we could just ignore their bad behavior and move on. 🙂 Thank you so much for your participation!