Serging Edges of Quilt Blocks?

Serging Edges of Quilt Blocks?

Post by Marcella Tracy Pee » Sat, 04 May 2002 09:07:22




Quote:

> I am getting ready to start an applique and was considering serging the
> edges of my muslin blocks to keep them from raveling while I applique
> the blocks.  But I read once that this might cause too much bulk at the
> seams.  is that true?

I would tend to think it would.  Might not matter if you were machine
quilting but I definitely wouldn't want to hand quilt through that.

However....when I applique, I oversize the blocks since they can shrink
a bit from the applique sewing.  I usually cut them an inch bigger (12
1/2 get cut 13 1/2)  So...if you did that and then serged.  After you
were done applique-ing you could trim them up to the finished size and
you would cut off all the serging and be left with a nice clean block.

marcella

 
 
 

Serging Edges of Quilt Blocks?

Post by Kath » Sat, 04 May 2002 09:53:10


Quote:

> I am getting ready to start an applique and was considering serging the
> edges of my muslin blocks to keep them from raveling while I applique
> the blocks.  But I read once that this might cause too much bulk at the
> seams.  is that true?

I don't care to quilt tops that have serging, but others love it.

You might try a really narrow zig-zag if you're worried. But I've been
dragging around an applique project for two years and haven't had
raveling problems. (At least the fabric hasn't. My brain is another
story! LOL)

--
Kathy Applebaum (Woodland, CA)
longarm machine quilting


 
 
 

Serging Edges of Quilt Blocks?

Post by pigle » Sat, 04 May 2002 15:09:00


Another alternative is to use masking tape on the edges....

--pig

Quote:

> I am getting ready to start an applique and was considering serging the
> edges of my muslin blocks to keep them from raveling while I applique
> the blocks.  But I read once that this might cause too much bulk at the
> seams.  is that true?

--

Piglet on Windows

 
 
 

Serging Edges of Quilt Blocks?

Post by Roberta Zollne » Sun, 05 May 2002 00:09:12


No serger, no experience. But you could always cut them larger than you
need, serge, and trim to the correct size after appliqueing.
Roberta in DK


Quote:

> I am getting ready to start an applique and was considering serging the
> edges of my muslin blocks to keep them from raveling while I applique
> the blocks.  But I read once that this might cause too much bulk at the
> seams.  is that true?