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Old 06-24-2013, 03:53 PM
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Hello All,

My question today is:

Why do we set the seam? what does it buy you? I have done it both ways (setting and not setting) and have noticed NO difference in the piecing or ironing or quilt in general. I will say that I iron seams to one side or another, hardly ever sew them open. perhaps setting is more noticeable when you press them open?

Can someone help explain this?
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:55 PM
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It is said that "setting the seam" allows the thread to sink into the fabric and gives you a flatter seam. I'm with you and don't really see a difference. I usually do it out of habit, but if I forget I don't go back a do it.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:58 PM
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I simply think getting the fabric warm helps it fold over easier. That's all.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:48 PM
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I do set the seam before ironing my seam allowance to the dark side. I like the flatter look it gives my work. Do what works for you.
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Sometimes I do set the seam ... and sometimes I don't .. depends on my mood. I don't think it makes all that much of difference.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:00 PM
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I think setting a seam is most helpful when you are stitching HST's. I do try to always set my seams before opening up the block, but sometimes I forget. Anything stitched on a bias does seem to roll over much better when setting the seam first.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:39 PM
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I set my seams using a tailor's clapper and I twirl every joined seam. It does make a difference. My blocks lay flat like a piece of paper. It does take time but worth it when every block fits to each other perfectly. I seldom have to square up my blocks or quilt top.

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Bella, I agree about twirling all the joining seams. That makes a huge difference for me especially when it comes to the quilting. Before I did that I'd hit those bumps and get weird looking quilting. I have not perfected how to get every seam to twirl but most will.
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Sorry to be ignorant, but what do you mean by 'twirling'? It's not a term that I've come across before.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:27 AM
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Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
I set my seams using a tailor's clapper and I twirl every joined seam. It does make a difference. My blocks lay flat like a piece of paper. It does take time but worth it when every block fits to each other perfectly. I seldom have to square up my blocks or quilt top.
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