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Thread: Pressing for Perfection

  1. #1

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    The way you press your seams can

    make a big difference when it comes

    to precision in your work. I love

    precision but I also want quilting to

    be enjoyable so I have a few easy

    pointers to help you be precise.




    I know some quilters who press their

    seams open ~ always. I don't, I rarely

    do and I'll show you the times I do.

    I think pressing your seams to the

    side is a great aid to precise quilting.

    That is what we will look at today.
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  2. #2

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    Quilting is all about bringing small

    pieces of fabric together and that

    means lots of seams! I generally

    press my seams to the dark fabric.

    When we are then sewing 2 units

    together I like to "lock" that seam

    together as shown above. You can

    see the pressed seams are opposing

    each other and when you bring those

    units together to pin you can feel

    them "lock" together.
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    As a result, the points on this

    4-patch are perfect.
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    Let's say we want to make this

    pinwheel block from Half Square

    Triangles. All the seams on these

    HST's are pressed to the dark fabric.

    We will lay them out in 2 rows

    as shown.
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  5. #5

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    Now we will sew the 2 rows together.

    When we are pinning the seam we want

    to make sure the seams "lock" together

    where the points will be ~ this is very

    important.
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    After sewing the points are perfect.

    Now we have to think about the next

    seams, press the seam in row 1 to the

    left and the seam in row 2 to the right.

    "Lock" those opposing seams when pinning

    and sew your seam taking care to maintain

    a 1/4" seam.
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    Here is the block, a pinwheel

    with very precise points.
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    Now is one of the times when

    I press a seam open. There are

    so many pieces of fabric coming

    together in the center of this block,

    it is best to press the seam open

    to reduce bulk.
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    Now let's work on this Flying

    Geese unit that has some different

    rules. We will make it from 4

    Half Square Triangles, lay them

    out as shown but in this case the

    seams of the 2 HST's on the left

    have their seams pressed to the

    dark fabric but the 2 HST's on the

    right have their seams pressed to

    the light fabric.
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  10. #10

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    When we pin the units together

    we will be able to "lock" these

    seams together and achieve the

    desired perfect points as shown above.

    We could only make this happen by

    planning our pressing method beforehand.

    We needed to press some seams to the light

    fabric to make this happen.

    Once again, after sewing the rows together

    we will press the seam in row 1 to the left

    and the seam in row 2 to the right so we

    can "lock" them together.
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