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Thread: To press or not to press

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    Does anyone iron your quilts when you are finished making them? I always heard that you shouldn't do it, but sometimes they are so wrinkled. Does pressing them ruin the look? What do you think?

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    The day I complete a quilt, I'll let you know.
    :lol: from a newbie.

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    I thought everyone washed them after quilting. That's what I do, since a lot of folks have allergies and I have two cats. Then I stick them in plastic bags before my quilt inspectors can call a new inspection.

    And, to be truthful, to see if the darn thing comes apart or will stand up to years of washing and drying.

    You do a lot, a heck of a lot of ironing the fabric before, during and after sewing it. But after finishing it, it's off to the washer it goes.
    I suppose if it's going to a show, then maybe not washed. Ironing would go good here, I think.

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    You mean after they are quilted? Or before? Before, yes and use lots of starch! After, I've never ironed one.

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    I only press while piecing. Once the top is together, it usually doesn't need another pressing (if I did it well while I was putting it together). I don't see the point in pressing after the quilt is finished. I wash it and dry it in the dryer until almost dry, then lay out on the floor to finish drying.

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    I have never ironed one after quilting.

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    I don't iron mine after quilting.:):):)

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    No pressing. They are supposed to look wrinkled. If you don't like the wrinkled look; pre-wash your fabrics & pre-shrink cotton batting in the dryer.

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    I thought you were not suppose to put them in a plastic bag????

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    I have never have ironed a quilt, and I never will. I press the seams with light starch as I go, and maybe touch up some spots before I make the sandwich. Other than that I'm done with the "hottie".

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    Press press press all the way!!!

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    I like the wrinkled look... it also hides any minor "mistakes"

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    never have ironed after it was totally finished and out of the washer/dryer.
    IF i hve enought fabric left over,i like to make a pillow case to keep them in.

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    I never iron after completed. They go in the washer then the dryer until dry, then off to whoever they were made for. I iron while piecing.

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    Iron as I go, but wash and dry when finished. Love the soft look and feel when it's washed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susanwilley
    I never iron after completed. They go in the washer then the dryer until dry, then off to whoever they were made for. I iron while piecing.

    This is what I do also...love that comfy look after it comes out of the dryer. Never even thought about ironing it after it came out of the dryer. Just shake it out a bit and it is perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    IF i hve enought fabric left over,i like to make a pillow case to keep them in.
    Great idea!

    I give mine a good pressing before I quilt it and then wash it.

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    i press, press, press while constructing a quilt- there is little chance it is wrinkled when finished- but i have had customers bring me quilt tops to quilt that I have to tell them it needs to be pressed before it is quilted....if you want it nice, smooth and beautiful it needs to start that way. if you quilted a quilt that was all wrinkled it will have puckers, creases and not look so good

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    I don't press after quilted either. It can make the batting stiff if it is a poly or poly blend.

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    I always thought the longarm quilters wanted them ironed. By the time I get done wallowing one around to get it finished its a wrinkled mess.

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    I press as I go along and unless it has been wadded up and thrown in a tote some where I don't have to press the whole thing before quilting. I quilt it then wash and dry it. I wouldn't DREAM of ironging after its washed and dried.

    HOWEVER...I know there are people who DON'T like the wrinkled/old look of quilts therefore they prewash/dry and they do everything humanly possible NOT to have the wrinkles in their quilts. So I am sure this would include ironing their finished quilt. The only way I could see it "ruining" a quilt is if you used monofilament thread to quilt with, the iron would melt it.

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    It actually depends on the monofilament thread. I was recently informed that some of the newer thread doesn't melt. It used to be the case that it would, but no longer. I would always test some before trying it though, just to be safe.

    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    I press as I go along and unless it has been wadded up and thrown in a tote some where I don't have to press the whole thing before quilting. I quilt it then wash and dry it. I wouldn't DREAM of ironging after its washed and dried.

    HOWEVER...I know there are people who DON'T like the wrinkled/old look of quilts therefore they prewash/dry and they do everything humanly possible NOT to have the wrinkles in their quilts. So I am sure this would include ironing their finished quilt. The only way I could see it "ruining" a quilt is if you used monofilament thread to quilt with, the iron would melt it.

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    I press the top as I go and repress every thing after the top is finished. Not after quilted and washed. I will if it is a wall hanging and has been folded before I hang it.

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