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Old 02-04-2018, 01:00 PM
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Recently Iíve been putting a large heavy book on top of pressed seams/blocks, leaving in place until the fabric has cooled. My ironing surface is very firm and this results in a super flat block in turn leading to improved piecing accuracy.
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Old 02-04-2018, 03:55 PM
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I just press and stack them, no weights or anything.
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Old 02-04-2018, 03:56 PM
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Best tip= Best Press!
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:28 PM
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There is a product called “flatter” ( I am not associated with this company) that several of my quilty friends like. I have a wooden clapper for stubborn seams. Since I started pressing my seams open I have almost no issues. Of course I have t made a quilt with stars and that many intersecting seams.
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Old 02-04-2018, 06:19 PM
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I just press and stack too; however, when pressing, I run my fingernail down the seam as I'm pressing to make sure there are no folds. Helps with the "scant" issue.
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Old 02-04-2018, 08:22 PM
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When I teach a class and someone complains that their block "is not coming out right", more often than not I find that they are not pressing the seams fully open -- they are leaving a small fold where it shouldn't be. I usually suggest the following as this helps to open the seam flat, too.

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Old 02-04-2018, 08:51 PM
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My best pressing tip? Don't press your binding in half.
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Old 02-05-2018, 02:20 AM
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Loving my new wool pressing mat! About 1/2” thick...it keeps the block in place, absorbs the heat from the iron and no distortion! They are the newest product in shops. ❤️ Mine.

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Old 02-05-2018, 02:40 AM
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Jan's advice is very important because we do have a tendency to use the side of the iron and treat our pieced work like a laundry item. Treat it gently and keep the elements square. It is important to press with the straight grain. If pressing seams open, it is important to finger press them first so that you don't press in pleats and distortions. When you have the intersection of several seams (like 8-pointed stars) a clapper or wooden mallet is helpful to flatten that intersection.
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:42 AM
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I use a wooden clapper. I thought my seams looked better and flatter and then my thoughts were validated when my longarmer said, "such nice flat seams".
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