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Old 09-23-2020, 08:21 AM
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After pressing a strip set - and I think it looks nice and straight - I line it up against a long ruler to make sure that it actually is nice and straight.

If it is, I congratulate myself - if it is not - then I line it up straight against the ruler and press it so that it is aligned properly.

Sometimes my "eye" is not as good as I think it is.
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Old 09-23-2020, 10:06 AM
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Yes, that is the method I use for strips. Don't use the curve tip of the iron either as it can distort the strip.

Do you press the closed seam first to set the seam?
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Old 09-23-2020, 10:32 AM
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This is much on my mind as I'm beginning to cut fabric for s pattern that will have a LOT of strips! Thanks for the timely reminder!
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Old 09-23-2020, 11:01 AM
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I have drawn lines on my ironing board cover. Some even come with a grid marking on them. Then it's easier to line up strips so that they are straight.
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Old 09-26-2020, 08:02 AM
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I discovered with my vision being so off I can make this mistake very easily. Even when I think I have them straight I discover after the fact that things can be very off even after measuring 3x's!! All we can ever do is our best.
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Old 10-01-2020, 12:15 PM
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Pressing the strips on the diagonal helps too. This is how I do mine. Learned this from a Lynette Jensen book years ago.
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Old 10-10-2020, 03:59 PM
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I'm starting a quilt with a jelly roll. I don't want to wash the JR, so I will be steaming each strip. Thank you for the reminder to keep them straight. It bothers me to use unwashed fabric, but it's a Maywood solid which tends to fray so I can't take the chance.
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Old 11-08-2020, 03:31 PM
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Good tips! I always have trouble with this. It would be great to find an ironing board cover with straight lines on it - hmmm I might try to make one
I do have a metal yardstick that might be good to use - will have to find it

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Old 01-02-2021, 04:20 PM
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I recently made a 2'x4' ironing board. It's perfect for ironing fabric! I drew a 1" grid, with diagonals, on it with a permanent marker. Great for ironing not only strips but when pressing any seam on the bias, just line the seam on a line!
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Old 01-02-2021, 04:44 PM
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Checking back in to say that this is the method that I use...when I can find the 48 inch ruler.

How can you lose something 48 inches long?
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