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Thread: Open Seams or Closed Seams?????

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    I've heard all my life that when you sew you are suppose to press your seams open. Somehow I don't get the impression that is necessarily true for quilting. Is there a 'rule of thumb' for pressing seams open for quilting?

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    I always press mine towards the dark color or follow pattern directions. I am going to try pressing them open when they intersect and see if that takes out some of the thickness. I don't think there is a rule or anything. You can do them either way. I think it started when quilters handsewn the pieces together, to hide the stitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunnybunny
    I've heard all my life that when you sew you are suppose to press your seams open. Somehow I don't get the impression that is necessarily true for quilting. Is there a 'rule of thumb' for pressing seams open for quilting?
    When you sew clothing seams open unless you have a serger but in quilting press your seams to the dark side of the fabric.

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    I almost always press to one side. When I press them open I usually burn myself with the steam :-D. I also like being able to make the seams nest so I get great points.

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    I press open if I have lots of seams, press to the dark otherwise. No reason, just what I do.

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    Hi,

    I was taught to press to the dark.

    Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingleberry
    I always press mine towards the dark color or follow pattern directions. I am going to try pressing them open when they intersect and see if that takes out some of the thickness. I don't think there is a rule or anything. You can do them either way. I think it started when quilters handsewn the pieces together, to hide the stitches.
    I do it both ways.

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    Each block sorta tells me how I want to press the seams, do what works best for you :D:D:D

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    I try to press mine toward the darker fabric whenever I can.

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    Pressing seams closed strengthens the seam as there's less stress. Makes a difference over time and use. that's my two cents worth. now back to sewing!

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