Here's what I did:
Unpicked the quilting threads, cut the panel seams (being careful not to cut the threads), and sewed the seam by machine:
Pressed under the seam allowance on the centre back panel, and lapped it over the seam allowance of the side back panel:
Handsewed the lining seam using a fell stitch with 3mm spacing:
This is how I sewed fell stitch:
Proof that I completed a whole seam in fell stitch! Now all those threads need to be stitched back into place:
I backstitched the ends in place, following the needle holes from the previous stitching, and it looks a little bit hand done, but close enough to the machine stitching for me:
Of course, on the right side there is an equal number of thread ends to be handsewn back into place too.....
And that is just one side back seam! I have completed the other side back seam, and will start work on the side seams shortly. See you next month.....!
A couple of things I learnt through trial and error:
- Leave long thread tails when machine quilting.
- Overlock panel seams once cut, to prevent fraying. (although backstitching the quilting threads does help to stabilise it quite a bit)
- When machining the seam, make sure that not only the checks/plaid matches, but the quilting lines match too - I was half a quilting row out when I sewed my second seam.....