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Thread: First time working with flannel question.

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    Super Member Sunnie's Avatar
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    First time working with flannel question.

    This is the first quilt that I will be making using flannel. Should I press the seams open as opposed to pressing to one side? Seems like the flannel may make very thick lumps if pressed to one side.
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    I'd press the seams open, will probably help to limit some bulk.

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    I have pressed the seams both ways. Be sure to pre-wash because flannel often shrinks a lot, and colors can run.

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    I press open , and also use a seam allowance bigger than 1/4 inch. Flannel is more loosely woven .. so that why the bigger seam allowance. At minimum I use 3/8 ... sometimes as large as 1/2 depending on the flannel.
    And as Dunster said .. prewash/dry. Shrinkage is so much more than regular quilting cotton.

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    When piecing flannel, after washing and drying it twice to shrink, I heavily starch it before cutting. My method is to mix a 1:1 solution of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch and water, "paint" this on the yardage using a large wall painting brush, toss in dryer, then iron with steam. This makes the flannel quite stiff and stable, so that it can be pieced accurately. It's a good idea to use a seam allowance larger than 1/4" if the pattern allows, and I like to press those seams open.

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    [QUOTE=Prism99;5277897.....mix a 1:1 solution of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch and water, "paint" this on the yardage using a large wall painting brush, toss in dryer, then iron with steam....[/QUOTE]

    What a great idea, Prism99! I HATE spray starch, probably wouldn't object to doing it this way.

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