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Thread: Pressing seams open...what a PAIN

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    Looks like I could roll some insulbrite andquick stitch the ends....???

    I'll give it a try soon and let you know.

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    I have found my mini iron to be extremely helpful when I have tedious pressing to do. I used it a lot making bias for a recent applique project.

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    I only press seams open if there is going to be a lot of bulk somewhere along the seam. It does really help with that, otherwise I see no real benefit to pressing open.

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    And to think I donated two sewing hams, didn't think of using them for quilting. I have plenty of room to store them. Oh well, too many years they have been gone to worry about it now.
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    I know this would bring the Quilt Police, but I just don't do open seams. But I still consider myself a beginner so, I don't really do complicated patterns that would require it. I depend on the seams "locking" to help line up patterns. I do a sample block to figure out which direction works best, it's not always to the dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I press the seam open with a dry iron, turn to right side and spritz on water with a spray bottle. No steam to burn my fingers. Pressing open with your fingernail before pressing helps too.
    This is how I do it - opening those seams just takes much longer than pressing to the dark. But, sometimes it's gotta be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    A strip stick can be helpful: http://thestripstick.com/buy_products . Love mine!
    I love mine too!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retiree View Post
    I have found my mini iron to be extremely helpful when I have tedious pressing to do. I used it a lot making bias for a recent applique project.
    I also use my mini iron for hard to get to seams. I have a hook right beside my sewing machine just for mini iron as it is so handy to use right at the machine. after pressing open seams w/mini I like to turn my block over and steampress so everything lies flat.

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    I also dry iron the seams open without setting them, then flip over, lightly spray with water, then press again. Of course I learned to sew clothing before quilting, so pressing seams open is ingrained in me. I actually like pressing the seams open as opposed to one side because you get a neater seam.

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    I usually only use steam when starching yardage befor cutting. Using a fine mist for pressing seams helps with the burn issues. You can buy a nice little mister bottle at a dollar store for around a dollar, good investment.

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