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From: luv2sew
Date: 02-04-2005, 04:34 PM (1 of 6)
I found this article to be interesting. I am sure everyone has developed their own technique but thought I would share it. I was taught to press to one side and that is what I do but after reading this article, I may try doing it differently (one time anyway).
An act of kindness is never wasted!!
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From: Julia's Nana
Date: 02-04-2005, 05:10 PM (2 of 6)
This idea appeals to me because sometimes I really get confused as to where I should press when I start pinning everything together. (and I have to confess after the tenth block or so I give up the fight!)

I thought though that you pressed to the dark so you wouldn't have shadowing, where the dark seam allowance showed through the light. Guess if you did this, that wouldn't happen so why not?

Joanne, oh mighty teacher on the mountain, what do you think? :monkey:

User: Julia's Nana
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From: M & M's Mom
Date: 02-04-2005, 05:10 PM (3 of 6)
Good article. I've wondered about that, too. The author makes some valid points. Wonder what Joanne thinks?
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From: joannequilts
Date: 02-04-2005, 06:28 PM (4 of 6)
Everyone does have a preference in this. The only time I really press my seams open is when I am doing diamond shapes or anything with alot of points to meet in the center. Because points are a struggle to begin with for most it creates alot less bulk and much easier to finish up. I do press to the dark side for most others just to give it that extra strength if I know the quilt will be used alot and washed alot.

There is no right or wrong I feel, just experience tells you what works best for you. That's my story and I am sticking to it lol
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 02-06-2005, 12:33 PM (5 of 6)
I pressed seams open on the 'kitchen sink' pattern and lived to regret it.. When I stitched in the ditch, I ended up cutting some previous stitches with the needle.. Made little gaps in the work..I had to repair.. When I pressed to one side , this did not happen..
Sew With Love
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From: joannequilts
Date: 02-06-2005, 12:35 PM (6 of 6)
Good point to make Libby.
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