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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I do. I like to improve the odds of having the seams lay as "attractively" as possible.

    It's also a chance to see if there are any last minute glitches that might need to be touched up or changed.

    (Doesn't guarantee that I'll catch them all, but there is something about pressing that sometimes shows up wonkiness)

    I usually press the top while it is still in sections - it is a bit easier to handle it that way.

    I also press the backing if there are any seams in it.

    I also wash all my fabrics before cutting them.
    As above, I press everything
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    I might have a touch of OCD -

    That last pressing - I press the back AND the front.

    The back to check for stitching of the seams, the way the seams lay, loose threads, etc. The front to make sure there are no "pleats" by the seam lines.

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    Yes, I have my iron set up on machine-level to the right of my machine. I sew, snip, press, sew snip press.I starch everything, as it helps to keep things straight and flat. All the handling makes the starch really valuable to me.
    I also have a template of the pattern to measure against as I go, so the design doesn't get lopsided.
    Now, I am piecing a quilt that someone else cut tthe squares, that I bought at a yard sale. They are supposed to be 2-inch squares. I have found they are off as much as 1/8, but I compensate with the seam allowance. I press everything toward the dark colors, and trim threads as I go.
    I want my quilts to start very flat! And let the quilting do the puffing.

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    Oh yes, front and back. The only hassle I have is my iron automatically shuts off at 30 minutes, and I have to unplug and replug it to get going again. I am going to get a timer.

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    Yes I do...making sure I can press as many seams as I can in the same direction...then for added insurance I also sew a 1/4 inch running stitch all the way around my quilt...just so the seams won't pop open as I hold it up to admire it... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffygiraffe
    Oh yes, front and back. The only hassle I have is my iron automatically shuts off at 30 minutes, and I have to unplug and replug it to get going again. I am going to get a timer.

    Aren't those modern irons a crock. It's nice that they shut off to save on electricity, but there should be a way that we can set it when we want continuous heat. Recently I purchased a very inexpensive iron that had no "features." I haven't used it yet.

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    I do. I probably iron too much but I want to make sure everything lays as flat as possible before quilting.

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    What is Best Press?

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    It is a "clear crisp starch with a lovely scent that makes ironing more enjoyable. It's in a non-aerosol can, so it's environmentally-friendly and you can see how much is left, too. There's no flaking, clogging, or white residue on dark fabrics. A special stain shield protects fabrics, and the product helps resist wrinkles. Best of all, it's more effective than any starch you've ever used. 16.9 oz. spray bottle, $7.95, in your choice of Lavender Fields, Citrus Grove, Caribbean Beach, Cherry Blossom, Scent-Free, and NEW Tea Rose Garden!" Most quilt shops sell it, both box and online! http://www.maryellenproducts.com/Bes...ternative.html

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    i take mine to the cleaners and have it cleaned and pressed

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    Okay...moomoo you win.

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    I also press every step of the way. I would rather find flaws before it is all put together. And it looks so nice pressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moomoo
    i take mine to the cleaners and have it cleaned and pressed
    Does that cause the seams to ravel a lot?

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    I always iron every step of the way. I think it does help but it just looks better too.

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    I press the seams before I cross them (if it isn't a charity quilt) and iron the whole quilt top before actual quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin
    I press the seams before I cross them (if it isn't a charity quilt) and iron the whole quilt top before actual quilting.
    What do you do if it is a charity quilt? Finger press?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin
    I press the seams before I cross them (if it isn't a charity quilt) and iron the whole quilt top before actual quilting.
    What do you do if it is a charity quilt? Finger press?
    Yes, finger press.

    I do press after I finish the whole thing and before I put the sandwich together, though.

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    yes I do.

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    Iron blocks, iron block rows, iron top before borders, iron after borders.

    And yet I avoid ironing clothes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB
    I press mine. For me, it means less chance of wrinkles when I sandwich them. I like to starch the top also.
    I also press all my fabric,and quilt tops before laying them on the wadding on the floor. I also wash and starch them too.

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    I press at every stage and especially the finished top. How else could you get everything square and all the seams laying flat and in the same direction. I may or may not starch or spritz water from a spray bottle, depends on how it's behaving. I don't see how you could NOT press personally, but I guess we all have our ways of working. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2livesdown7togo
    Iron blocks, iron block rows, iron top before borders, iron after borders.

    And yet I avoid ironing clothes...
    I have that too, isn't it funny? I can press cotton fabric all day long, and be happy as a pig in the proverbial, but make that fabric up into a shirt...nope, not interested! Hang it up while it's damp and it's good to go! :mrgreen: :lol:

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