How to “Clip & Flip”

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• Fact: It’s great when all your seams nest together because you pressed correctly.

• Fact: No matter how you press, sometimes there will be a place where the seams won’t nest. In the photo below, you can see that both seam allowances are toward the right. It would be so much easier if one was toward the left.

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Both seam allowances are toward the right. Not good!

• Fact: There’s an easy fix for that!

I call it “Clip & Flip.” You may be surprised at how simple and effective this method is. Let me show you how it works.

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About 1" down from the patch edges, clip carefully into the seam allowance.

About 1″ down from the patch edges as shown above, clip carefully into the seam allowance on one of the rows. (Be certain you do not clip too deeply—you don’t want to clip into the actual stitches.)

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Flip the 1" portion to the left.

Flip the 1″ portion to the left. Now the seam allowances nest nicely! The one you flipped is toward the left, and the one behind is still to the right.

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Now the seam allowances nest nicely!

Add a pin to match the seams perfectly and sew. Just an easy little trick to make everything nest beautifully.

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For more tips from QM’s Back to School Party, check out these posts.

Tips for Successful Cutting
Don’t Blow Your Fuse
Tips for Pressing

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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7 Responses to How to “Clip & Flip”

  1. As you know I am a retired electrical engineer not a medical chap. I did have the misfortune of being a copper briefly. In 1972 suffering a temporary death from silbephylline given off the record in unknown dose and the cardiac arrest put down to status asthmaticus. Strangely the day after my temp death a girl I knew was beaten up in Tidworth married quarters by IRA. Army suggested she moved back to Suffolk til;l her soldier husband Ulster tour ended. This led to her sister, a nurse, visiting me at hospital after I was out of ICU.and wanting some furniture. She had a nose through my clipboard notes. And she pointed out “White pills question mark”. These records were missing within two months.As you know 17 years later I contracted in Plessey Torpedoes where Gwent Special Branch suspected saboteurs to exist and to be rogue agents of GLADIO. A very interesting suspicion BTW. I met the Plessey security guy who was ex Regional Crime Squad Dc and that is when I learned about the 1971 1972 RCS inquiry into death reg malpractice in Cheshire and Ryder Homes. That the RCS Det sgt defied Special Branch threats and escalated inquiry which seems to have ended with his death “Suicide” in North of England. So I informed the ex Dc that when his sarge died permanently in 72 I had died temporarily. Both of us having our suspicions about Lenny Cheshire and Sue Ryder activity. As you know Airey Neave and Harry Sporborg created the groundwork for GLADIO by using MI9 and SOE European networks from 1944. At the time Paddy Mayhew was authorising action against you 1990 (?) he and Earl Ferrers had a GLADIO problem re its PRE- NUREMBERG creation by NEAVE and SPORBORG (The Shield, the 61 a puppet master of both Robert Maxwell and Margaret Thatcher) . Because Ferrers was steering War Crimes Bill through Lords and the history of GLADIO acting against UK (Treason sabotage). Anyway Gwendoline Marshall murder Darling Buds of May village Kent. The villagers hired a private dick. (Properly dickhead). Said to be ex Special Branch. Whether it was he who came up with the theory the wrong Miss Drummond (secretary to Sir Jack Drummond) was murdered years earlier and the village killing was French Resistance getting it right at second attempt. The villagers seemed prepared to believe anything as they had seen the copper on his bike take Gwendoline’s clothing and burn it.Then Special Branch alumnus pointed to the satanic ritual nature of the killing. “Letting virgin blood to earth” the same as the Hilda Murrell murder !!I chanced to pick up a Sunday paper featuring a story of black masses at a remote church with photo evidence. Source was the ex special branch man. An expert at photoing his mates after they raided the dressing up cupboard I reckon. In the 60s and early 70s a Suffolk GP was much taken with “Anxiety” as a causation and dishing kids out MELLARIL. Last year one of these former Mellaril kids had useful information for me. But I noticed his childhood story of satanic abuse was modifying in detail as we went along. One example was “Garland” I had explained Sean GARLAND of IRA to him. Two weeks later he had forgotten about Sean GARLAND but had added to his child satanic story with a geographical detail named Garlands Corner. This kept happening> Epping Forest. Thetford Chase etc. Trying to point this out got hostility. Then asking about the surgery he claimed to have had via his roof of mouth as a child (done regularly) I asked why school dentist had not picked up on the damage he claimed to his roof of mouth. That got real hostility so out of my depth I quit the field. But this otherwise successful professional man remains convinced of men in hoods circling him aged 2 sat on a tree stump in Epping Forest (I asked if he could read road signs aged 2 that didn’t go down well) His elderly mum told him none of it happened. His brother, also given mellaril as a schoolboy, has OCD. Really ferked up but again an otherwise successful man. I have a few Facebook friends survivors of Aston Hall also given mellaril ACCORDING TO RECORDS .. some Aston children did get false memories planted at the time by Milner research (authorised by Dr Pamela Mason Home Office) None of my FB friends amend or invent their account. Last year

  2. Jean conklin says:

    So happy i ran across this tip. I was just fighting last night with the sameproblem and not really brave enough to adjust it. Thanks for the tip and encouragement that some ideas don’t have to meet the norm

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  4. Danielle says:

    Oh my gosh, how easy is that. I have never thought of something so simple.

  5. Sheri says:

    This is a neat trick that I am sure to use!

  6. MarciaW says:

    I just learned the trick (such as on a four patch) where can take a few stitches out at the seam intersection, then can nest if turn one part of the seam up, and the other down. Thanks for the go ahead that clipping is an acceptable technique.

  7. joan s says:

    This is a great tip and one I’ve used many times. One suggestion is to clip the seam diagonally. This makes it a little less likely to fray and possibly create a hole in the seam.

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