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 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 27

Thread: Steam or not.

  1. #1
    Senior Member Earleen's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Michigan--the sunrise side
    Posts
    383
    Do you use steam when pressing your blocks, and as you go making the block. I heard you are to use a dry iron. Help

  2. #2
    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    ELVERTA, CA
    Posts
    12,803
    Blog Entries
    1
    I press my individual pieces with a dry iron - setting the seam first before pressing anything open. Generally I don't use steam until the entire top is together OR if something just doesn't behave. The key is that you don't want to distort anything and steam can lead to distortion.

    Don't you just love those "it depends" answers?

  3. #3
    Super Member Quiltforme's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Beautiful Washington state!
    Posts
    3,340
    I have found that sometimes it shrinks my block. I read somewhere that this can happen and well it made a lot of sense when my squares were short 1/4 inch. I still steam but only on larger fabrics

  4. #4
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,931
    I only use a dry iron. Just my way I guess.

  5. #5
    Super Member Deb watkins's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Horseheads, NY 14845
    Posts
    3,484
    Dry pressing for me as well!

  6. #6
    Super Member EasyPeezy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    2,144
    First I set the seam then open and finger press then apply my slightly
    damp finger tips on the seam and press. It makes for nice flat seams
    without shrinkage or distortion. :)

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    567
    I use a dry iron. I keep a spray bottle of water near the ironing board. I sometimes will give a fine spray to the fabric and press with the dry iron. That way you get the benefit of steam without distorting the fabric.

    Using a dry iron means you don't have to clean it.

  8. #8
    Super Member b.zang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    British Columbia
    Posts
    1,779
    Blog Entries
    1
    I'm basically too lazy to keep refilling the iron reservoir if I want to use steam so even if I were to start with steam I would soon be using a dry iron. So, I just leave it dry.
    :) :)

  9. #9
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Winchester, Tn.
    Posts
    1,161
    I use a dry iron also.

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    IL Quad-cities
    Posts
    252
    Blog Entries
    1
    I use a dry iron too. If I need to sometimes I'll spritz a seam with a spray bottle. I do pre-wash and press with steam if necessary, so I wouldn't think the block would shrink from steam pressing.

Page 1 of 3 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.