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Thread: Does setting your seams with an iron after sewing really make a difference?

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    Super Member hperttula123's Avatar
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    I think it does help alot when you are looking for precision. When I started to quilt, I never ironed anything. Now, I iron everything at every step. I started setting my seams about a year ago, and I always do it now.
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    Yep, it makes a big difference in the finished product. Once in a while I forget to do this on a seam or two and I can tell the difference!
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    Years ago I never did this, but now it is just part of the process and I like the way it makes the seams lay better. Once again (I really hate that these messages don't wrap, it is like being on an Atari) thanks to Jenny on Missouri Quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsusie View Post
    what does "set the seams mean?"
    Quote Originally Posted by giannina
    It may sound dumb but I don't know what it means to "set the seams" How is it done? Will appreciate if someone would answer.Thank you.
    It's been described several times above and you can also see it here.
    http://www.alderwoodquilts.com/downl...ttingSeams.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carron View Post
    Do you set your just sewn seams with an iron?
    I am wondering what is the reason for that extra step.
    IMO, you don't stand a chance of sewing neat joining seams if all aren't pressed as firmly as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tallchick View Post
    Personally I prefer to set my seams before pressing them in the appropriate direction it just makes it easier IMHO- It is my understanding that it shrinks the thread a bit thus reinforcing the seam (perhaps someone with more experience can clarify) It is just what I read to do and it is what I do.
    Please explain "set my seams before pressing". Either I don't understand or it's what we do automatically.
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    I agree with what has been said,also your work will look much nicer when you are done,it will be more accurate,when I was in school I was taught to always set my seams.

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    I always "set" my seams, just looks tidier! It has become second nature to put the iron on when I switch my machine on.

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    I have just recently started setting my seams and I can vouch for the fact that visually & technically it is beneficial. It does make a difference.
    Judi from Denver, aka Nonna Judi

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