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Thread: 9-patch pressing question

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    Member bronnyb's Avatar
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    Pressing question indeed.

    I've just sewn my 9-patch squares together (and very impressed that my corners match too - who knew I could be that clever)
    These are made up of alternating cream & green squares. (My pine tree quilt for those following on the picture forum)
    All along, I've been pressing the seams towards the dark squares - which is why I was able to butt the seams and make them match on the 9-patches.
    Now I'm waiting for the iron to heat up....just how do I press these ones open.
    What I mean is that if I press the seams to the dark side of the outer two squares, it will follow through and there will be two dark seams showing through from the centre block onto the cream squares.

    Should I, in this case press the seams open??


    While I'm waiting for the iron to heat....what do you think????

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    Press so that everything lays flat. If some of your green shows through on the front of your block, (shadowing), CAREFULLY tirm a little of the green fabric back, so that it is white touching white, no green peeking through.

    In your case, green would be a window peeker.

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    many people press all their seams open for that reason and also to eliminate bumps where four or more corners come together. in an age of sewing machines, it's usually felt that pressing open the seams will not cause the seams to split.

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    Am becoming a fan of NOT pressing seams to the side and pressing them open. It does reduce bulk and allows for more accuracy when piecing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theresa
    Am becoming a fan of NOT pressing seams to the side and pressing them open. It does reduce bulk and allows for more accuracy when piecing.
    me too.

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    Must admit I often press open, too.

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