Chain piecing is a great way to speed up the quilting process and it saves a little thread, so it also saves money. (Granted, not a lot of money, but still.)
I quilted for several months before I even heard of chain piecing. And when I learned about it, I was scared to try it. I don’t know idea why. It’s very simple.
So, what is chain piecing?
Well, it’s kind of like an assembly line for quilt squares. Your chain is your thread and you’re connecting your quilt blocks with that thread.
Here’e how to do it.
First, sew a block exactly like you’d normally sew it.
When the block is sewn, do NOT clip the thread. Just pop your foot up just like you normally would.
Place the block between your thumb and finger and gently pull back.
And now start sewing your next block exactly the same way as you would if you weren’t chain piecing. I’m not sure exactly, but I guess I leave a little less than an inch of thread between blocks.
You can do this as many times as want. I usually chain together about 25 or so, clip and start over. I don’t like them getting too piled up behind my machine.
To separate, just clip with scissors.
This really will save a lot of time because you’re not having to stop and clip your thread every few seconds.
And now you have another little sewing trick to use!