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Does setting your seams with an iron after sewing really make a difference?

Does setting your seams with an iron after sewing really make a difference?

Old 11-15-2011, 04:00 PM
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Question Does setting your seams with an iron after sewing really make a difference?

Do you set your just sewn seams with an iron?
I am wondering what is the reason for that extra step.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:17 PM
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Personally I prefer to set my seams before pressing them in the appropriate direction it just makes it easier IMHO- It is my understanding that it shrinks the thread a bit thus reinforcing the seam (perhaps someone with more experience can clarify) It is just what I read to do and it is what I do.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:23 PM
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setting your seams causes them to sink into the fabric and gives you more precise edges. the blocks will lay flatter- and be neater....also helps that 1/4" seam more (right on)
if you don't bother to set your seam before pressing to one side or the other the excess can be 1/8"---and that 8 times equals a whole inch!
so, if you are looking for precision- technical perfection- setting your seams is an important step
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I think the seams sit flatter if you set them first.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:23 PM
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I always do. And I thought it was because it flattens the fabric at the seam, more likely to insure the block is the correct size. If you only press the seam in the way it is to go then a little curve of fabric can be rolled at the seam, making the block come up a smidgen too small. Did I exsplain this understandably??
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:25 PM
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I never did before just started recently and it really does make all the difference, especially now that I have started using starch prior to piecing. It really keep the fabric from "stretching"and moving if that even makes sense hahaha
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
I think the seams sit flatter if you set them first.
I agree. I think that it is worth it. Fons and Porter also recommend it.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:31 PM
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Sorry for the double post. It was explained better by other anyway

Hmmmm....it seems to have disappeared!

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Old 11-15-2011, 04:50 PM
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I agree with all that has been said. It's just become a habit with me. Doesn't feel like an extra step. I notice if I skip it for some reason or another.
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Old 11-15-2011, 05:37 PM
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i dont always do it but it does make a difference
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