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Thread: should I press now or wait

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    Super Member EagarBeez's Avatar
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    I am making my first bagello quilt and would like to know. Should I press each row that I join, and press after all rows are done, or press each row as I join them. I have started pressing each row, but, stopped. I read somewhere that you can over press, that is why I ask

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    Super Member Farm Quilter's Avatar
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    Wow, I have never heard of over-pressing...over ironing is another story :roll: I have a Bargello to make and I never thought about over ironing. I would think that if you can pin the seams the right direction without ironing them (they have those cool U shaped pins that will pin both sides of the seams down at the same time) I would go that route. I am interested in hearing from folks who have made Bargello quilts and what they did.

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    Super Member shequilts's Avatar
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    You'll never get all those seams to lie flat if you wait. Press as you go. No steam. Here's a pic of mine.
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    I read on a pattern not to press each row, but that is a royal pain to wait. I press each row as I go.

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    I've only made one Bargello quilt,but I did press as I went along.

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    I would distort my top if I waited to press it all at the end...
    It is too difficult to get the iron where you want it to go, and not stretch a seam here and there IMHO

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    I pressed as I went. The problem I ran into was that the directions called for hanging the strips on the quilt wall while figuring out your pattern. I later discovered that this apparently seemed to stretch the lines so I had trouble lining up the rows when I was sewing them down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I would distort my top if I waited to press it all at the end...
    It is too difficult to get the iron where you want it to go, and not stretch a seam here and there IMHO
    And the seam allowances will be all cockeyed. Some will get pressed to the right, some to the left, some open -- all in the same row! It drives me bonkers!!! :x My advice is to press as you go!! :lol:

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