Machine piecing hexagons-Tutorial

I thought since I was working on this quilt anyway, that I would create a tutorial on machine piecing hexagons. I have already shown that I cut my hexagons and then mark the seams with a pencil like this:

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When I am ready to sew, I lay two hexagons right side together lie this:

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I start stitching a bit forward of the corner and backstitch into it.

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When I get to the next corner, I backstitch again. This keeps the seam allowances free just like in hand piecing. Then I pull the piece out and start the next one without cutting the threads in between.

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I sew two together then the twos into fours etc. When I get a full row, I press the seams open. For the purposes of this tutorial, I only pieced into chains of four hexagons. Normally, I would piece a chain the full width of the quilt. You can see below how two rows fit together.

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The tricky part is putting right sides together to sew the rows together. Then they look all weird like this:

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You just have to focus on one little seam at a time. It will work! Just start the first segment just like you did when you put twos together. Backstitch into the corner and then move ahead.

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Stop when you get to the corner, drop the needle,  and lift the presser foot.

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Now take the top piece and move it to the right and the bottom piece gets moved to the left to line up the next segment of the seam.

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Again, stop when you get to the corner. This time, it will be in the middle where you pressed the seam open.  You could pin but I don’t.

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Now bring the top to the left and the bottom to the right to line up the next part.

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Keep zigzagging back and forth and backstitch at the corner when you get  to the end. When you turn your piece over, it should look like this:

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This is how I press my rows.

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And this is what the front looks like:

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I do use a smaller stitch length when I piece this way. It takes a bit of practice but it is easier than you think and fun besides! If you have any questions, please ask! It is easy to overlook things when creating a tutorial. You will be helping me out if you let me know what is not clear.  If you give this a try, drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Now, I am off to church.

Until next time….

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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6 Responses to Machine piecing hexagons-Tutorial

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  3. I want to thank you for the great tutorial. I only knew how to put hexies together by hand. This seems much faster and that means faster results. I need to go cut some Hexies. Thanks again for sharing with us all.

  4. Bonnie says:

    This weekend I tried piecing hexagons on my machine and really wish I had seen your tute beforehand. It would have been so helpful! I can’t wait to try your method the next time around. Thank you for sharing how to piece hexies and have them be pretty, front AND back 🙂

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  6. For an interesting no-mark method of sewing hexies by machine, check out http://youtu.be/RzonVtKF1vA. I came across this video the other day. It’s an interesting method. I’ve done both machine and hand-pieced hexie quilts.

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