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Old 11-27-2018, 12:20 PM
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Just finished a jelly roll race. When I went to press the seams , I first pressed to set the seam and then to the side. However, they won't stay to the side. Help? and
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Old 11-27-2018, 01:27 PM
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I see you've had quite a few views and no answers. I'm not sure I can tell you why they won't stay to the side, but you could try steam or spritz them with water before pressing. Are you using batiks? They seem harder to press to me. They are stiffer. Must be the wax or something.
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Old 11-27-2018, 01:41 PM
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Thanks. No not batiks, just cotton. They went sortof to the side, just not crisp. I'm about to applique on top and did not want the seams to shift.
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Old 11-27-2018, 02:31 PM
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I've had this happen, but don't know why. I usually end up pressing the seams open when it happens.
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Old 11-27-2018, 02:40 PM
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Some Best Press can help solve that ... along with a good hot iron.
Good Luck!
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Old 11-27-2018, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
Some Best Press can help solve that ... along with a good hot iron.
Good Luck!
That would be what I would try.
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Old 11-27-2018, 03:04 PM
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Thanks, was afraid to use Best Press now.
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Old 11-27-2018, 06:08 PM
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Check out the info for strips and pressing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNyISYL5ZIg

Make sure you aren't stretching the fabrics with the iron tip. I also use heavy starch on fabrics to help the seams stay in place.
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Old 11-27-2018, 07:11 PM
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Great video. Thank you.
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Old 11-27-2018, 07:33 PM
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When I make a jelly roll race, I don't press seams until the sewing is all done. That makes the seams act naughty when you go to set them. So how did you set the seams? If you first pressed them to the side to set them, then you re-pressed some to the other side to nest them, that could be the problem.

Did you press them to the side on the back side of where the fabrics were sewn and then press them the same direction from the good side as well? That often flattens them out for me. Just as often, though, I live with some of the seams not being nested. Seems I am not a perfectionist...

If you are planning on washing the quilt before gifting/using it, and all other options fail, try some washable glue to hold the seams in the direction you want them to lay. Just be careful not to stretch the fabrics while gluing and pressing.

Hope that helps!
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