Stitching in the Ditch Using Rulers

Stitching in the ditch is an easy way to quilt without having to mark the quilt. It also stabilizes the quilting area for additional quilting.

When quilting a quilt by hand, quilters often stitch 1/8″ to 1/4″ away from the seam, or “ditch”, usually on the side of the seam where there is less bulk from the seam allowance.

Machine quilters, however, aren’t restricted by where the seam allowance is. Many will actually stitch “in the ditch”, or seam line, itself.

To make it easier, to stitch in the ditch, we recommend using rulers.

But be sure to use rulers designed for machine quilting. They are thicker than rotary cutting rulers so they can “hug” the hopping foot rather than slip under it. And many rulers have a straight edge on one side even if it was designed for curves.

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