Following the series of English Paper Piecing Technique I have previously on the blog:
I’d like to share with you in this post some of the ways that you can stitch together your basted English Paper Piecing blocks. Be it hexagons, diamonds or even square or any shape possible really 🙂
Yes, EPP isn’t limited to the conventional shape. Check out these awesome EPP projects with non-common shapes if you are into diving in EPP adventures.
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5 ways to stitch English Paper Pieced blocks together
1) Whip Stitch
This is the very stitch I learned for piecing together English Paper Pieces. They come together pretty fast and super easy.
The only thing is they will show up on the right side especially for thin fabrics and contrast colour thread.
2) Ladder Stitch
My newly turned favorite stitch these days for EPP!
It is invisible, can be pretty fast as the whip stitch once you’ve got the hang of it.
Here is a tutorial of me doing both these stitches:
3) Flat-back Stitch
A flat-back stitch is another invisible to the front stitch to piece together EPPs.
However, I do find that it made the whole pieced block somehow prefer to be folded to the back. And that kind of bothers me.
For this stitch, you’ll need to piece them while it is flat as it would be finished. Therefore, you’ll need your clover clips to help.
Karen has a great tutorial for this flat-back stitch.
4) Feather Stitch
This one is more complicated than I thought it’d be, but the finish is an invisible stitch from the front and pretty strong stitch I believe.
Haven’t tried this just yet, but Pat Bravo has an awesome video showing you exactly how to do one.
5) Machine Zig-Zag Stitch
What? Machine stitch? — Yes, machine stitch.
It may not be such a portable project anymore, but I love the idea of a fast finish!
It has a different finish, but still a fancy one.
In fact, you probably can mix it up by trying other fancy stitches that you probably rarely use on your machine.
Here is how you can possibly finish up an EPP block with a fine zigzag stitch on the sewing machine.
Which stitch do you use for piecing your English Paper Piecing projects?
Let me know which stitch do you use to piece together your EPP? Are you intrigued to try any other stitches I mentioned here?
If you do, let me know how did you go and how you like it. Everyone will have their own of preference, I prefer the ladder stitch, but whip stitching is faster for me because I have had more practice with that.