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Old 02-17-2010, 07:25 AM
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I've heard all my life that when you sew you are suppose to press your seams open. Somehow I don't get the impression that is necessarily true for quilting. Is there a 'rule of thumb' for pressing seams open for quilting?
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:31 AM
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I always press mine towards the dark color or follow pattern directions. I am going to try pressing them open when they intersect and see if that takes out some of the thickness. I don't think there is a rule or anything. You can do them either way. I think it started when quilters handsewn the pieces together, to hide the stitches.
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Originally Posted by Hunnybunny
I've heard all my life that when you sew you are suppose to press your seams open. Somehow I don't get the impression that is necessarily true for quilting. Is there a 'rule of thumb' for pressing seams open for quilting?
When you sew clothing seams open unless you have a serger but in quilting press your seams to the dark side of the fabric.
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:00 AM
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I almost always press to one side. When I press them open I usually burn myself with the steam :-D. I also like being able to make the seams nest so I get great points.
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I press open if I have lots of seams, press to the dark otherwise. No reason, just what I do.
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Hi,

I was taught to press to the dark.

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Old 02-17-2010, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Jingleberry
I always press mine towards the dark color or follow pattern directions. I am going to try pressing them open when they intersect and see if that takes out some of the thickness. I don't think there is a rule or anything. You can do them either way. I think it started when quilters handsewn the pieces together, to hide the stitches.
I do it both ways.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:16 AM
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Each block sorta tells me how I want to press the seams, do what works best for you :D:D:D
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I try to press mine toward the darker fabric whenever I can.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:43 AM
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Pressing seams closed strengthens the seam as there's less stress. Makes a difference over time and use. that's my two cents worth. now back to sewing!
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