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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    Some time ago, a magazine asked a panel of famous quilters the question of whether to press seams open or not. They were about evenly divided on their preference. So there is no "right" answer. These replies give good reasons for whatever choice you woud want to make. Or try several and see how you like them!
    Were these hand quilters or machine quilters?

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    I usually press half of the seams one way and half the other way. That way, they fit together nicely--most of the time.

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    I was always told that you should press seems to the dark color. I am working on a D9P now and with this way I have not had any problems. When putting the rows together I press one row one way and the next row the other way. I was really supprised at how easy this quilt went together.

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    I try to press so seams match up and nest. I they are going in the same direction, I just put a pin in the seam and match them that way, if too bulky I will flip one and go on.I was going to press them open but, doing on a large quilt takens too long and 1/4" seams are hard to get open without burning my fingers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    Back up 6 feet or so. Can you still see it? If you can't, then don't worry about it so much.
    Like what Marianne Fons said once: If it's off a pin's width I don't worry about it at all. Not worth redoing. I think that fits with what you're saying, too.

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    I have Only pressed seams open for making clothing or doing a wallhanging. I would not want to do this for a full bed quilt due to the stress of use and laundering.
    Someone on this board mentioned taking a class from Kaye Wood how suggested not pressing seams. Perhaps that is her reason not so do so, as at time you have to flip seams and if pressed, you could looses 1/8 inch off the seams. So I will try her method to see how this goes.
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    Also, I haven't done clothing for some time but now they are using finsihed seams on clothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carol45 View Post
    Here are several methods I use that work for me:
    1. I sew a few stitches right at the point where they need to meet. If they are oK, then I sew the whole seam, if not I pull them out and try again.
    2. I use elmer's school glue to match the seams, press it with a hot iron, then sew the seam
    3. I use the fork pins to hold the seams together on either side--you can see them here:
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    Thank you for these tips! I bought the Elmers Glue and the special bottle, but have yet to use it. I think this would be the perfect time to try it. The reason that some of seams don't match on my D9P is because it's an "I Spy" quilt, so the middle block becomes a cornerstone for each block. I plan to quilt with SID, so I'm not sure pressing the seams open would be a good idea. Thanks to all for your responses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by babalu View Post
    Thank you for these tips! I bought the Elmers Glue and the special bottle, but have yet to use it. I think this would be the perfect time to try it. The reason that some of seams don't match on my D9P is because it's an "I Spy" quilt, so the middle block becomes a cornerstone for each block. I plan to quilt with SID, so I'm not sure pressing the seams open would be a good idea. Thanks to all for your responses!
    Just remember you have to heat set the elmers glue--it works great!

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    The reason that seams are pressed to one side and not open is that the thread is protected from wear by the slight overlap of the top patch. Yes, clothing seams are opened, but you don't expect them to last the number of years that a good quilt will last.

    Try pinning vertically on both sides of the seams that lay in the same direction, then stitch right up to the pin before removing.
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    It is best to press to one side. That being said if you are now joining blocks and find that all your seams are going the same way you can still take about half the seam and press to the opposite side so they still lock together. I do this all the time for the same reasons. It seams no matter how hard you try you'll end up with seams going the same directions and they don't lock or but up against each other as well. By pressing them about half way down the seam in the opposite direction they'll still lay flat. I do not recommend pressing them open because first of all they are stronger closed, 2nd if you are going to do SITD you won't have the ditch if they are open. Try this and see how it works.
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    I repress 1/2" on one piece so it will nest with the other piece.

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