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Thread: question on pressing seams open

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    question on pressing seams open

    If you want you seams open do you still "set" the seams? To the side?
    Seems wrong to do that but thought I better check.
    thanks, Linda


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    I press seams open, but before I press open I set (press) the seams just the way they came off the machine.

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    That's one of those things, you can do or not. I usually forget to set my seams . . . but do, when I remember. Either way, my seams are usually fine.
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    generally it is recommended to set your seams as they are sewn- then you can either press them open or to one side or the other- setting the seams sinks them into the fiber & makes them lay evenly- giving a smoother finish regardless of which way you then press them.
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    I set my seams even when I'm pressing open, seems to work great

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    I had never heard of this before, but I'm going to start doing it from here on out. Makes sense to me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    generally it is recommended to set your seams as they are sewn- then you can either press them open or to one side or the other- setting the seams sinks them into the fiber & makes them lay evenly- giving a smoother finish regardless of which way you then press them.
    I too set my seams regardless of how they're then pressed.

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    YES! It is always a good sewing/quilting practice to set the seams first.

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    Yup, I always set mine, too. Makes the whole block more accurate no matter which way you press them after that.
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    Always. It makes a big difference in how your final project will look (thinking of sewing bags), also your blocks are much easier to work with accurately.

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    I'm a newbie. What do you mean by "setting the seams"?

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    I use a tailor's press called a clapper. It makes the seam very flat, open or pressed to one side. I don't press a seam without it.
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