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Jenia posted on Thu, Oct 10 2013 1:24 PM

I've been piecing two separate quilts now for a few weeks.  One has instructions as I am following a pattern, the other is my own idea so no instructions, just what's in my head.

The instructions say...iron your seams in this direction or that...before piecing the rows together.

I seem to be doing just fine without taking the extra step to iron the seams.

I'm curious if this is really done in the practical world? 

I can see how it would help to keep things neat on the backside, but is it really absolutely necessary?

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Suggested by Elizabeth

Oh yes!  Pressing seams is very important!  Sometimes you want them pressed a certain way so they can nest, ie a 4 patch.  Pressing also ensures that your blocks are square and aligned

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Just my 2 cents. Ironing is imperative to piecing correctly. When the seams are flat, the next piece goes on so smoothly and flat. Pressing is also very, very important to squaring up your blocks and quilts. I also like to press seams to the dark fabric along with the nesting issue as previously posted.

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Kris replied on Thu, Oct 10 2013 7:37 PM

I don't always press my seam with an iron. If I'm making four-patch blocks, or something simple, I can get by with finger pressing or using a wooden iron when I can find it.

I press when precision really counts or if I have lots of bulk.

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I always press the seams but sometimes I press them open rather than in the direction recommended in the pattern. I like the way the seam lies flat with it pressed open. It makes the pieces truer to size for me.  I read once that pressing the seam to one direction is good if you're going to stitch in the ditch.

 

 

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If you try to stitch in the ditch on seams that are pressed open, you are only stitching through thread, not fabric...not a good plan...

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gini replied on Sat, Oct 19 2013 11:05 PM

sometimes i iron and sometimes i don't.   if your piecing is precise it doesn't matter. fussing with which way the seam is laying is too much for me to bother with most of the time, occasionally i pay attention.   so far no one has complained about my lack of seam pressing, and it doesn't seem to bother judges cause  i 've gotten blue ribbons.   a lot of times i will iron a seam one direction and then need it to go the other way when i am putting block together.   then i need to repress the awkward seam.   mostly i don't worry about it. i iron half square triangles, to keep them from closing when i am piecing. log cabins,  i iron when they are finished. 

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gini:
sometimes i iron and sometimes i don't.   if your piecing is precise it doesn't matter. fussing with which way the seam is laying is too much for me to bother with most of the time, occasionally i pay attention

 

Gini, I am so glad to hear that. I try to be careful with seams and directions but often I just wing it.


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I used a long armer once to quilt for me, and he would not quilt it if all the seams were not pressed. I prefer to press most of the time. Susan

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Marie replied on Sun, Oct 20 2013 10:20 AM

I press and am able to re-press seams so they'll go in opposite directions when making a single block but if the block is part of a larger block I'm not able to do that.  What do you do in that case?

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gini replied on Sun, Oct 20 2013 5:13 PM

marie, if your seam allowances show through, i think they  look better all the same way, but if you can't see the seam allowance, i have half of it going one way and half the other.  you're the only one who will know. 

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Marie replied on Mon, Oct 21 2013 7:41 AM

gini:

marie, if your seam allowances show through, i think they  look better all the same way, but if you can't see the seam allowance, i have half of it going one way and half the other.  you're the only one who will know. 

Gini, thanks for letting me off the hook with the quilt police as that's exactly what I have ended up doing.  I press so the seam going in opposite directions is nice and flat.  It gets to be a problem when stitching in the ditch though.

 

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gini replied on Mon, Oct 21 2013 1:25 PM

Marie:
It gets to be a problem when stitching in the ditch though.

marie, that's easy, i never stitch  in the ditch

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gini replied on Mon, Oct 21 2013 1:26 PM

Marie:
It gets to be a problem when stitching in the ditch though.

marie, that's easy i stitch over the ditch, i never  in it

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I am pretty fanatical about pressing my seams. I think the finished product comes out better for me. But it's whatever works for you.

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