Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: Pressing Advice Anyone?

  1. #1
    Super Member JEM65's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Metro Atlanta
    Posts
    1,655
    I just love those Moda jelly rolls, honey buns, charm packs and layer cakes. Everytime I press seams on a project using the 1.5 or 2.5 inch strips - I am stretching the fabric. I had previously read that sewing from the opposite direction each time you add a strip would help keep the strips from stretching or waving. One other direction said to press the seams for the front of bag toward the top and then the seams for the back down. So far, at least, both items that I stretched were bags and I didn't ruin a quilt. Can anyone out there give me some sage pressing advice so I don't sacrifice any more of my beloved Moda? Thanks!

  2. #2
    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    17,471
    Hi Jem- Oh, you and me both! I LOVE all the Moda you mentioned :D
    I've been reading a lot on here lately about using starch to keep the fabric taut.
    I'm watching with you............... :)

  3. #3
    Super Member JudyG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Wickenburg AZ
    Posts
    2,807
    Blog Entries
    20
    Two things I would suggest. One is starching the fabric and the other is making sure you are pressing (up and down) not ironing (side to side). Both of those should help with stretching.

  4. #4
    Super Member JEM65's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Metro Atlanta
    Posts
    1,655
    Judy,
    Are we starching the individual strips prior to sewing them together or are we starching the fabric after it is sewn together just when we press that seam? Jackie

  5. #5
    Senior Member vjengels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    891
    Quote Originally Posted by JEM65
    Judy,
    Are we starching the individual strips prior to sewing them together or are we starching the fabric after it is sewn together just when we press that seam? Jackie
    I've just started starching before I cut, then again after I sew, before I begin pressing the seams. it has made a huge difference in my quilting! why didn't I pay attention before?

  6. #6
    a regular here hazeljane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Tulsa, OK
    Posts
    820
    I starch the heck out of them before I cut, and then press and starch after seaming. So they are a little stiff, but the little devils stay where they are supposed to, and I don't have bias problems with things like the friendship braid.

  7. #7
    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Central Indiana (USA)
    Posts
    31,244
    Blog Entries
    194
    starch, press (do not iron)

  8. #8
    Super Member GrammaNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    4,587
    Starch, starch and more starch! Also, don't use steam it makes stretching worse. Press and lift, don't press and slide. You will get it under control.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Highland Springs Virginia
    Posts
    49
    Don't iron back and forth the way you might iron clothing or sheets. Just press the iron down on the patch, lift and put it down in the next place. Don't push it from one place to another.

  10. #10
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,108
    Blog Entries
    1
    If I starch after sewing, I spray both sides, letting it dry. Dampened fabric can stretch easier than dry fabric :wink:
    The stiffer the fabric, the less it can stretch :D:D:D

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.