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Thread: Question -difficulty ironing out my seams

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    Question -difficulty ironing out my seams

    Hello,
    I am beginning to quilt for the first time and I have a question I'd like to post.
    I'm having difficulty ironing out my seams. Feeling confused about the directions they should go towards. If anybody can help out I would appreciate that. If anybody also knows of an online video to watch that would be wonderful.
    Allison
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 02-01-2013 at 09:21 AM. Reason: clarify title to reflect contents

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    Allison,
    Have you seen the Craftsy Free Block of the month classes. This month they show the pressing tips for a flat block that will play nicely with other blocks. Check it out at Craftsy.com See February block.

    Hope this helps

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    Usually you press your seams toward the darker fabric. If there are a lot of adjoining seams I press away from them. Sometimes it calls for opening up the seam and pressing that way.
    A lot of patterns will tell you which way to press.
    I press toward my bindings and my sashings. But usually toward the darker fabrics.


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    Welcome to the board from Oregon!
    Okay, first ~ quilters DO NOT iron, they press. I usually do what is called 'set the seam' which is I run my iron over the seam that I just sewed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sw5QJr2mGw Second ~ different patterns will suggest which direction you need to press to have the blocks 'meld' better. The old school was to always press to the dark, which is a general rule to have.

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    I iron all of mine open. Problem solved.

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    I, too, set my sewn seams first then press open. Solves the problem of too many seams coming together and creating bulk; find it's much easier to match points as well.

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    I didn't mention it, but I too "set" my seams before pressing.


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    Thanks for this.

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    Ah... now this is a good question for a newbe quilter. That is why so many new people buy patterns. They will instruct you on which way the seams are to be pressed. After a while, you will instinctivly know which way will be the best by the pattern you are sewing. The girls are right, Press don't iron. (Press , pick straight up, press.) No matter how long the seam is. Use a dry iron on a med-high heat. And for heaven's sake use a stable flat ironing surface.

    If you are in doubt, press to the side with the least amount of seams that intersect into it. They will always want to try and buckle back if there is much bulk there, so it will defeat your purpose pressing to make it do something that physically will want to correct by itself. Try to only press the seam part not the whole block.
    Pressing is a very important part of excellent piecing, so you are so clever to ask and to learn it right from the begining.
    Last edited by RedGarnet222; 02-01-2013 at 10:36 AM.
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    Your suppose to press the seams??!!

    Just kidding, I usually go by what the pattern suggests. Go to the dark side.
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