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Thread: Press Seam Open or to One Side on Backing?

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    Press Seam Open or to One Side on Backing?

    I usually fold the seam to one side when I am piecing blocks. I'm wondering if I should press the seam open on the back? How do you do it?

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    For the backing I usually take a bigger seam and yes press it open so it lays flat. Not sure either way is wrong, however.

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    I believe most quilters press the back seam open. With larger seam as indicated above.

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    I press open, the flatter seam will help it to be not so obvious.

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    I always press the seam open, its easier sewing further that way, no bumps.

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    Okay done... 1/2-inch seam pressed open. I don't know why I never thought of it before. Maybe inexperience?

    It sure is hard ironing left handed. I'm recovering from shoulder surgery on my right side, and I'm not allowed to pick up the iron with my right hand.

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    Yes, I too always make a 1/2" seam and press open, when piecing a backing. Sorry about your should, hope it heals soon.
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    I also make larger seam and press open.

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    I try not to do seams on my backs but if I have to, I press the larger seam open. I usually give it a good starching as well. Nothing I hate worse than holding up a light coloured quilt in front of a light or window and see that the seam allowance has wandered.

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    The lady who just quilted my last project for me told me to press my seam to one side. I have no idea if there's a "right" way. I'm just putting this info into the conversation.

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    I press to the side unless specified in the directions. It depends on the pattern, some call for pressing to the side like bargello or lovers knot quilts where to opposing seams lock together to create straight seam alignment. I don't see the need for pressing open except on piecing bindings, backings, and bulky seams

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    Sorry I though you were talking about blocks as I didn't read your title. I press my backing seams open

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    Open... always open... it makes things so much simpler for me & goodness knows I need simple... LOL!
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    Open for the backing. To one side for blocks (usually)

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    I press all seams open, wether the block or the backing. Comes from having sewn clothes for so many years.

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    I make a really big one---like close to an inch. I then put glue on and press them open. I do not want any flipping closed when rolling on the long arm.

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    Just putting my two cents in, I do LA quilting for others, and there is one thing I tell my customers-
    I want a horizontal seam in the back, cut off the selvage, and make a 1 inch seam and press it open. But thats MY personal preference.
    and if there needs to be more than 1 seam, no problem, do the same with the next seam, cut the selvage off and make a 1 inch seam..press open.
    best of luck
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    I think it is personal preference. My LAQ likes for me sew backing with 1/2 inch seams and pressed to one side. I have never noticed a bulge on the back of my quilts so I am okay with it

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    I usually press the backing seam open as well.


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