Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Next Questions >

Next Questions

Next Questions

Old 10-11-2022, 05:43 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 253

Also, when pressing seams to the side, press from the front of the fabric, not the back where the seam is. This prevents the little lip of fabric at the seam.
AngelaS is offline  
Old 10-11-2022, 07:10 AM
Super Member
GingerK's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,211

If you need to quilt something quickly on your DM, think about 'shadow' quilting--stitch just a bit away from in the ditch. I have found that a little variation from the exact path is much less noticeable than when stitching directly in the ditch.

It is not a hard and fast rule to always iron to the dark. If I am making HST's for flying geese or star points, I will iron one to the dark and one to the background. That way, they nest nicely and I get a smooth join. If I am making two colour 4 patches and want to swirl the centers, two of those patches will have seams ironed to the light.

Tartan, if you are seeing thread and batting, perhaps you need to adjust your thread tension. There should not be that much of a gap in a pressed open sewn seam.
GingerK is offline  
Old 10-11-2022, 08:30 AM
Super Member
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Ballwin, MO
Posts: 3,917

My understanding is that the 'ditch' is created by pressing to one side; you then have one side higher than the other, and the lower area becomes the ditch. You then stitch very close to the stitches on the ditch side.

If you take the above view, you have no ditch to stitch in if you press your seams open. If you stitched in the middle of a pressed-open seam, you would be stitching on thread, not on fabric. I don't see how that would do anything for your quilt. So if you do 'sitd' on open seams, I would suggest going slightly to one side or the other of the seam line.
joe'smom is offline  
Old 10-11-2022, 09:08 AM
Power Poster
Jingle's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Outside St. Louis
Posts: 38,126

I seldom do stitch in the ditch. When I have I like to go about 1/4" from the ditch. I like that look much better.
Jingle is offline  
Old 10-11-2022, 11:25 AM
Super Member
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 8,793

I wonder if she was stuck in "sewing clothes mode", where we were taught to press seams open. It is better for quilting to press seams to one side for all the reasons stated above.
Peckish is offline  
Old 10-11-2022, 03:28 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 236

I like to press to one side. But when I stitch in the ditch, I stitch on the high side. I find that makes the seam lay flat underneath.
mmunchkins is offline  
Old 10-11-2022, 03:52 PM
Join Date: Apr 2021
Posts: 56

Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
I seldom do stitch in the ditch. When I have I like to go about 1/4" from the ditch. I like that look much better.
i do the same.

I almost always press seams open these days, and quilt a little away from the seam, which sort of gives me a little border for my FMQ.

All that fmq also prevents the seam from stretching out and potentially breaking, so I prefer the flatness of the pressed open seam.

The only time I might press to the side is if I have many seams joining at one point, or if Iím stitching a very dark colour to a very light colour and the seam allowance might show through.

Iíve yet to be taken away in cuffs by the quilting police !!
LI_diva is offline  
Old 10-11-2022, 04:24 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
MaryKa's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2022
Location: USA
Posts: 305

Thanks everyone for your points on this. I'll try both way so some scraps before doing the quilts. I appreciate all your replies and it gives me several options on which way to do the sitd seams. Will be trying each out.
MaryKa is offline  
Old 10-11-2022, 05:02 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Montana
Posts: 515

I do both but found when there are a lot of seams it is better to press open. Too many thickness for the quilting machine. To one side makes nesting easier but I really do prefer pressing open but I prefer 1/2 inch seams instead of the 1/4 inch seams too. Not always possible though.
lwbuchholz is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter