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Thread: Dominate Fabric?

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    Dominate Fabric?

    Hello,

    I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to know which fabric will be more on top when you press the seam out? Ideally, the seam will be perfect and everything will be even, but if that does not happen I would like to be able to decide which fabric will appear dominate or more on top when they are pressed. Thanks in advance for your help!

    Lydia

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    I was taught to press towards the darker of the fabric. There are some here that press their seams open. It is just a matter of personal preference.
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    I generally press to the dark unless I am specifically trying to nest the seams when there are lots of small blocks/pieces. I find pressing well helps hide any "bobbles" in the seam personally.

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    If you press your seam open, both sides will be even. If you press your seam to one side, the side you press toward will be higher.

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    Theoretically, if the seam is pressed to the side, the seam allowance closest to the top fabric will be the only one you can see through the top.

    Try it an see with scraps.

    It I am sewing with a white and darker color, and want to press to the white side, I have the white piece stick out a couple of threads wider for the seam allowance so that the darker color will be completely behind the white (when looked at through the top).

    Clear as mud?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Theoretically, if the seam is pressed to the side, the seam allowance closest to the top fabric will be the only one you can see through the top.

    Try it an see with scraps.

    It I am sewing with a white and darker color, and want to press to the white side, I have the white piece stick out a couple of threads wider for the seam allowance so that the darker color will be completely behind the white (when looked at through the top).

    Clear as mud?
    Re:moving light fab just a few threads so it covers dark fab...if I'm going to "flip" the seam allowance, I sew as usual, then just trim the dark seam allowance of the dark fab a smidge.....so it is shorter than the light fanfic.....

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    think about it -- would you want your dark fabric to show underneath the lighter fabric when you are looking at the right side? then don't press that way! Press toward the dark & no problem! {actually i prefer to press seams open, it's easier to flatten them...}
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    Thank you for all the tips! I am a bad quilter because I don't like to press, but it makes a world of difference. The seems don't look as bad when pressed, but they are still a bit off. Your tips will help me make the next one better!

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