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Old 05-21-2020, 07:19 AM
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Oh my. I press my seams open 95% of the time. But I lower my stitch length to 1.8 and some times 1.5 so never an issue for me. Never any problem with quilting on my sit down long arm. Do be sure and tell your patron to lower her stitch length.
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by ladyinpurple135 View Post
I have done both - pressing to the side and pressing seams open. As others have said, you need to reduce the size if your stitches in both instances. Sewing machines are set for 2.5mm stitches - try sewing at 2.0mm. Also, Iíve had professional quilters say that they prefer pressing seams open to eliminate the slight bump when quilting over seams. The more seams in the quilt blocks, the harder it can be to quilt well. There shouldnít be seams that pull apart anywhere. Maybe the tension is slightly off or the stitches are too big for piecing. If you have block seams at end at the edge and youíre not adding borders, thise ending seams should be backstitched to keep them from separating. Way back in my dinosaur days of learning to quilt, we did everything by hand and we always did a back stitch at the end of sewing. With machines this isnít being taught anymore. I hate backstitching but I try to use it when a seam isnít being crossed by another piece.

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Amen! Can't agree with you more.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:43 AM
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I recently quilted a beautiful quilt in burgundy shades for a customer. She had pressed all her seams open which wasn't a problem since I wasn't doing any SID. But she pieced it with either an off white or a light gray thread. To my horror, the nature of the longarm putting pressure on the seams caused that light colored thread to show in several seam lines. Made a stunning quilt look not so stunning up close. So, if you press your seams open, it's best to match your thread color to your fabrics.
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Old 05-22-2020, 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Pam S View Post
I recently quilted a beautiful quilt in burgundy shades for a customer. She had pressed all her seams open which wasn't a problem since I wasn't doing any SID. But she pieced it with either an off white or a light gray thread. To my horror, the nature of the longarm putting pressure on the seams caused that light colored thread to show in several seam lines. Made a stunning quilt look not so stunning up close. So, if you press your seams open, it's best to match your thread color to your fabrics.
Thanks for posting this... something I've not thought of.
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Old 08-29-2020, 10:39 AM
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I make a decision as to which side to press to based on what I'm going to use it. If I want it flatter like for a table topping, I press open. If it's a quilt for the couch that would get a lot of wear, I press to the side.
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Old 08-29-2020, 01:20 PM
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if i plan to use my embroidery machine for all or most of the quilting i try to press all seam open.
i've had the embroidery foot get caught on a bulky seam. di-zas-ter, to say the least.

if i plan to limit things to simple quilting under my walking foot i feel safe pressing to the side in most cases.

if my blocks have complex intersections of more than 4 seams i press open to reduce bulk and increase accuracy.

it took longer than it should have to sink in, but i have learned that stitch size and thread color matter a lot when i plan to press open.
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Old 08-29-2020, 04:52 PM
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I remember the days when we were told to never, ever press quilt seams open. Now we have a choice. And you had a good reminder about open seams with machine embroidery. When I pressed seams open many years ago, I kept looking for the quilt police!!!

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