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Friday, March 18, 2011

Pressing your seams...

This is a pressing tutorial. 
Perhaps a new method for you too....

Last year at the retreat I heard of this "method of pressing seams" from another quilter, and brushed the idea aside as a waste of time. This year I heard of it again as she was telling others, and again I brushed the idea aside...

Well, while putting together a block at home on Wednesday I thought, "Why not at least try it, and prove it to myself that it is not a method for me..." 

Well, imagine my surprize to find that this method does make for cleaner, crisper seams!! 
Wow!!!

An extra step in pressing, 
but I do think is might be worth it!!!

FYI: I always use the steam setting... always have! 

This is what you do...

1.) Set your seam...
2.)  Press seam open... Yes! Open...
 3.) Flip and press seam on top...
 4.) Flip, and now press your seams in the directions you normally would for your block...
 5.) Flip and press on top again...
 Block is done, and you'll be amazed at how much crisper your seams are...
Apparently, according to this quilter at the retreat, 
this is how a lot of the pros do it...

 Don't believe me? Try it for yourself! 
You may be amazed!! lol! 8-)

Happy pressing!
Myra

Added note: This was a scheduled post, prepared on Wednesday, and since then I have been parked on the couch, or in bed, in and out of sleep...
No energy... I hate being sick!!!

12 comments:

Joanne said...

Thanks for the tutorial - I'll give it a try.
Feel better!♥

Pat said...

Sorry you are sick and hope you are better soon. I'd not heard of pressing seams that way...interesting.

Angie said...

That DOES seem like a waist of time. LOL
But, I do all of those steps when I finish a block {plus one of spritzing with linen water} when I finish a block, well with the exception of pressing the seams open part. I will have to add that. ;)

Karen said...

Hope you are up and about soon. No fun being sick.
I have never heard of the pressing method. I will give it a try. It is more work but could be worth it.

Peg said...

This does make sense - I so often struggle to get a crisp seam, especially when there are lots of cross-seams on both sides. I was taught to give a little pull when ironing from the back, but that doesn't always even help - this looks like the answer! Thanks for the tip!

Irishgirlsews ~ Wendy said...

Hi,
I just found your blog, I hope you are feeling better very soon! Your friend was so right about the pressing, I have been pressing (ironing)that way for years and have terribly sore wrists to prove it! No kidding, thats how I learned to press......BTW, your block is lovely!

Ann Marie said...

Thanks for the tip, I will try it, and I hope you feel better soon.

soggibottom said...

I thought every one set seams like this....... :-)
No of cause I didn't. :-) THANKS MYRA, I'll give it a try to. :-) x x x

Joanne said...

Thanks again - I tried it out and it worked beautifully.♥

Carrie said...

I haven't seen this method before either. Can't wait to try it. Nohing better than crisp seams!!

Hoping you get feeling better and more have energy soon :)

Dolores said...

I do hope you're feeling better. Sick is no fun at all. Thanks for the pressing tute. I will be trying it soon.

ButtonMad said...

Useful tips and tutorials on your blog - thanks for posting...