If you’ve been quilting for a while, you know just how common it is for people to mess up while stitching a straight line. It seems so simple, but most people veer off from the path.
It’s so common, in fact, that I decided to try to find a solution thats worked for everyone: those who veer left, those who veer right, and even those who tend to stay centered but worry they may mess up.
Use a ruler on a small piece of fabric to establish a baseline, then take some painter’s tape and cut a strip a bit longer than your fabric and lay it across the ruer line.
Establish a second line, which Jacquie from Bluprint calls “a registration line” about 3 inches out from the baseline. Use the same tape method that you did for the first line.
These lines allow you to truly see if you’re off. When you approach the line, it becomes apparent if things aren’t where they should be, and you can adjust quickly before it makes a huge difference in your quilt!
You can continue to establish registration lines as you go to continue to use this trick. Put the edge of your presser/walking foot against the baseline and quilt, watching as you go and adjusting as necessary.
Watch Jacquie’s tutorial below for more details on this easy hack, then give it a try yourself!