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First time working with flannel question.

Old 06-09-2012, 04:00 PM
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Default 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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Old 06-09-2012, 06:54 PM
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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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