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To press seams open or to the side...THAT is the question!

To press seams open or to the side...THAT is the question!

Old 07-25-2008, 03:29 PM
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:34 PM
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I think it's totally personal choice. I usually press to the side because I mostly quilt in the ditch. But sometimes if I think it's going to be a really bulky seam, I press open. Pressing open does alleviate the headache of deciding which direction to press. I always end up with seams that don't nest and have to repress or just have it really bulky on one side if I can't repress.
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:44 PM
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I always press to one side. I also press the seam while it is still closed to set the seam before I press it open.
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:49 PM
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I always press open - back side first then the front
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:53 PM
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I press to the side. Somewhere along the way I was taught that it kept the batting from bearding through the seams.
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:56 PM
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I set the seam and then press to the side
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Old 07-25-2008, 07:16 PM
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I always press to the side now. I turned in 2 blocks for charity quilts and was told that pressing open is incorrect, apparently it can pull open over time or something...supposedly it makes it stronger to press to the side. I grew up with a garment sewer and have seen lots of strong open seams. I gues it is personal preference. I did look it up if you're interested http://www.scrapquilts.com/pressing.html
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Old 07-26-2008, 01:14 AM
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Old 07-26-2008, 02:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Katrine
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she agrees with me, and for all the same reasons. therefore, i hereby declare: she must be right. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Originally Posted by retrogirl02
I did look it up if you're interested http://www.scrapquilts.com/pressing.html
of course, this article is right, too.

must be one of those cases in which we're all right and nobody's wrong. gotta love it. :P
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:13 AM
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I've noticed most patterns call for pressto the side. A few call for the seam to be open. Me to the side.
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