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Thread: Don't like pressed open seams

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    Super Member pittsburgpam's Avatar
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    I read somewhere that some people press the seams open and say that it is more accurate than nested seams. I tried it on this quilt and I don't like it. It's horrible to press, takes longer to piece the rows together, and the seams are not sharp. It's not as accurate either, IMO.

    These are the first 6 blocks done for my latest design. There are 36 of these around the outside, the other 30 blocks have two rows sewn together and ready for the third. It's probably going to take another couple of evenings to do these because of the open seams. I would definately be done with them by now if I hadn't tried it.
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    I agree with you Pam.. I don't like it as well as "the old fashioned way" either.

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    The beginning of your new project is turning out so lovely!! I really like it & the fabric's you have chosen to use. As for pressing the seams open, I agree it is a pain, but for certain patterns it is necessary to do. I use both method's & prefere ironing to one side. Please keep sharing as you make further progress. You are doing GREAT work!!
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    What a great pattern. This is going to be beautiful!

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    I press open on things like pinwheels or one block wonders, where you have several seams meeting at a point. I agree, it's a lot more fiddly than pressing to the side, but in some cases it does lay flatter that way. I wouldn't do it everywhere though - I think it's 'horses for courses'! LOL

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    I'm sewing a quilt now where the instructions call for pressing to one side, but it would lay flatter and be easier to match points if I had pressed open.

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    Would this method of making the seams lie flatter help with your current pattern? If not, it may in future quilts. It really does work! It's easier to figure out if you have a sample in front of you while going thru the tutorial.

    http://greenfairyquilts.blogspot.com...lat-seams.html

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    Looks easy enough and as far as I am concerned Green Fairy can do no wrong!!!! Her quilting is so fantastic!

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    I've tried it also, and quit quickly! I'm working with the kaleidescope pattern again and tried to follow how I'm "supposed" to do it, which I read after putting "Kayak on the Lake" together--and nothing worked well. I went back to how I figured it out the first time. For this pattern I press only the last seam open--works perfectly.

    PP--your fabrics looks so countryish!!

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    Huh, that's weird. I find pressing seams open is the sure-fire way for me to line up seams perfectly. When I nest them they don't finish up nearly as nice for me.

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