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Thread: To steam or not to seam?

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    When you are pressing your seams, do you use steam? I thought you didn't want to do that, but the lady on Quilt In A Day steams hers.. Is there a right and wrong way or is it just preference? Thanks!

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    I use a dry iron on my blocks and the final press on the top is with steam. However, there has been a time or two that I had to use steam to flatten some stubborn or thick seams. I'm not sure that there is a rule as much as personal preference.

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    Mainly, I think it is personal preference. I steam mine.

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    I use steam most of the time.

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    I don't use steam. It seems to stretch my fabric.

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    I have a small spray bottle that I fill half full with water and into that I squirt a couple streams of spray starch. I use that with a dry iron.

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    don't use steam, I feel it could distort the fabric.

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    i never steam my seams.

    the only time i'll ever use steam is when i'm pressing FQ/yards after washing - and even then i'd rather use starch.

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    I don't use steam either.

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    No steam for me.

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    Hi,
    I usually use steam for pressing.
    But I don't press after every single seam. I finger press and I press a block only after it is finished. And I do this carefully to not distort the edges, especially if they are on bias.

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    I usually steam, but I'll give the other a try next time and see if I've got a preference.


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    I usually use steam, but it is what ever is prefered, what works for you best.

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    since i'm usually steamed about something anyway, it naturally follows that my iron is the same. :wink:

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    I steam, have been for over 30 years with no problems. It is a personal preference.

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    I steam

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    I prefer steam as apposed to dry when pressing seams. Sometimes dry is not effective for stubborn seam. Steam makes the seam lay flat better.

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    I do not steam. It will stretch your fabric.I learned the hard way. I took a row a lose I didnt know why a seams didnt fit. now a know. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    since i'm usually steamed about something anyway, it naturally follows that my iron is the same. :wink:

    Patrice you are just too funny! :)

    I usually use low to medium steam. As the others say, whatever works best for you.

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    I steam and press (not iron).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kd124
    I steam and press (not iron).
    PRESS very important. It's hard to reteach some of my older students to press and not iron.

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    I steam, but I'm careful to press and not iron so I don't distort the fabric.

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    I prefer steam, You dont get distortion if you just place your iron down and dont move it around, that is ironing! We steam seams but iron clothes!!

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    I steam, but have a really hard time breaking the years of practice 'ironing' instead of 'pressing'. I'm going to stop the steam and see if it helps keep my blocks to original size.

    Renee

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    I steam and then leave the block lay flat where it is until completely cool.

    Me too, Patrice! :shock:

    :lol: :lol:

    Sharon

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