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

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    Super Member Carron's Avatar
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    Question Does setting your seams with an iron after sewing really make a difference?

    Do you set your just sewn seams with an iron?
    I am wondering what is the reason for that extra step.

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    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.
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    setting your seams causes them to sink into the fabric and gives you more precise edges. the blocks will lay flatter- and be neater....also helps that 1/4" seam more (right on)
    if you don't bother to set your seam before pressing to one side or the other the excess can be 1/8"---and that 8 times equals a whole inch!
    so, if you are looking for precision- technical perfection- setting your seams is an important step
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    I think the seams sit flatter if you set them first.

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    I always do. And I thought it was because it flattens the fabric at the seam, more likely to insure the block is the correct size. If you only press the seam in the way it is to go then a little curve of fabric can be rolled at the seam, making the block come up a smidgen too small. Did I exsplain this understandably??
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    I never did before just started recently and it really does make all the difference, especially now that I have started using starch prior to piecing. It really keep the fabric from "stretching"and moving if that even makes sense hahaha
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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    I think the seams sit flatter if you set them first.
    I agree. I think that it is worth it. Fons and Porter also recommend it.

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    Sorry for the double post. It was explained better by other anyway

    Hmmmm....it seems to have disappeared!
    Last edited by Shirls4sons; 11-15-2011 at 04:34 PM.
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    I agree with all that has been said. It's just become a habit with me. Doesn't feel like an extra step. I notice if I skip it for some reason or another.

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    i dont always do it but it does make a difference
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