Fortunately, there’s an easy solution. Jennifer’s Machine Minute video tells you how.
When you’re sewing a lot of strips together, it always matters the directions you’re sewing. You don’t want to sew from one end to the other end ( from top to bottom ), and then start again from the top and sew to the bottom and then add the fourth strip by starting at the same end and sewing to the bottom.
That’s the reason you end up sometimes with a bowed or misshapen piece once your strips are sewn together. Instead, you want to change directions with every strip that you add.
So, for strips # 1 and # 2, I might start at this end and I’ll sewn down. When I’m adding the third strip on, I’ll start with the opposite end and sew in this directions.
By reversing direction every time I add a strip, I can make sure that my seams that are long stay accurate and sharp and there’s no bowing.
Watch the complete video to learn how to keep track of which direction you’re going, as well as for other pointers. These tips are invaluable for producing a patchwork quilt top that lays flat and square.