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Old 12-16-2009, 08:30 PM
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Matching Diamond Pattern - How to?

I have some 1" repeating diamond fabric that I'm having a very hard time matching when seaming. I need to seam two pieces approximately 6' long and no matter how hard I try, I can not get these pieces to line up well enough after I sew it with the machine. I practiced on scrap first and that was tough. Because both faces must be towards each other, it's very hard to match up in order to sew just scrap at 1', let alone 6'.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I thought of one more way that I did not try which is to draw a line down the center of the diamonds and cut the fabric the entire length for each piece. Now you could line up the edges of the fabric and sew from there. Would that work or is there something I'm missing?

Doug

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That would still leave you with a line down the middle of the diamonds. It would be really tough to do trying to sew it from the back. About the only way to do it is to cut across the fabric following the edges of the diamonds ( this will give you a zig zag edge) a little bit away from the stitching, overlap that edge onto the other piece of fabric, glue it in place to match up the diamonds, and sew it down from the top side of the fabric along the zig zag.

You can also try to cut the zig zag on both sides leaving a 1/2" seam allowance so they match each other and then try to sew it from the back, but that would be extremely complicated.
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That would still leave you with a line down the middle of the diamonds. It would be really tough to do trying to sew it from the back. About the only way to do it is to cut across the fabric following the edges of the diamonds ( this will give you a zig zag edge) a little bit away from the stitching, overlap that edge onto the other piece of fabric, glue it in place to match up the diamonds, and sew it down from the top side of the fabric along the zig zag.

You can also try to cut the zig zag on both sides leaving a 1/2" seam allowance so they match each other and then try to sew it from the back, but that would be extremely complicated.
Appreciate the feedback. I see what you're saying on your examples. I will give it a shot tonight if I get some free time. I should have thought about this when I purchased the fabric. Worse comes to worse and I can purchase another quilted material with vertical lines or something that would be easier to match.

Thanks.

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Just to update, I probably wasn't specific enough in the initial post, but this piece was for a mattress cover on my boat. Dan's suggestion to zig zag would have worked, but after review while looking at the piece, I felt it was a lot of extra work that wasn't needed for the application. I ended up cutting the fabric right down the center of the diamonds on each piece, then pinning them exactly centered over each other. When I seamed with a 1/2" allowance, it provided me with an exact mirror and a perfect match on the top side. Yes, there was a stitch line going down the fabric, but it didn't seem to matter to me.

Pictured is the original fugly floral print, a close up of the zipper garage, an overall picture of the entire cover, and finally an installed picture. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Thanks again.

Doug
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