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Thread: AAACK!!! Need help quickly on rag quilt seams!!

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    AAACK!!! Need help quickly on rag quilt seams!!

    Hello everyone.. well I've just sewn the first row of blocks on my first rag quilt... Do I press seams open? to one side (this way for one row; that way for the next?) The blocks are denim/shirt material with no batting. They've been sewn together with a big "X".

    Thank you for your help!!
    "... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

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    I have always pressed them open. This will eliminate a lot of the bulk. Probably disperses the fray nicer too.

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    I have never pressed seams for any of the rag quilts I have made. I have taken four ragquilt workshops and not one instructor has suggested to press the seams.

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    DO NOT PRESS.....you will need the 2 joined seams ''together'' when you being to make those little cuts!!!!

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    I never press. What I do to ease the bulk is to cut the width of the seam out of each corner of every block. I find it easier to sew together that way. If you don't want to do that, just lay one seam one way & the other seam the opposite way witch will level things out. These quilts are so fun & fast going together.

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    i've never pressed seams for rag quilts- you want the raw edges together for clipping not to one side or open
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    Count me among those who don't press. These are rag quilts ....
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Thanks everyone... I will NOT press!! :-D Now that I've had some lunch, I can start UNSEWING the first row of blocks which I sewed RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER... sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    I've put a little sticky note on the machine to sew WRONG sides together!!
    "... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

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    I would thinking pressing makes the cutting them harder. I would not press either!

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    Hi, the one I made at Xmas I didn't press and it turned out perfect....

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