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« on: April 11, 2007 01:32:15 PM »

Hi Craftsters,

I am a very new and self-taught sewer (seamstress?) and I have a question about the easiest project in Lotta Jansdotter's new book. The pattern is for napkins but she gives instructions for making coasters in the same pattern.

I am working on pressing the edges in 1/4 inch and I keep burning myself with the iron. I never did a seam like this and I think maybe I am using the wrong tools. Is there an easier way to press these tiny creases? Is there some tool for this that I am missing? Am I just a klutz?

After I finish the coasters I plan on making the backpack from the same book, and the pattern uses the same technique. If there's some easier way to press these small creases I would love to know it because I'm sure I'll be using this technique a lot!

Thanks (in advance) for the help.

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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2007 06:12:47 AM »

Maybe one of those teeny irons that quilters use for bias or applique type stuff would work better on that quarter inch seam.  I've never had to iron somthing that small other than opening and pressing the seams on a quilt....and even then it's 1/4 inch on each side making a 1/2 inch open seam....
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2007 07:46:23 PM »

Okay, here is my suggestion.

Baste, use your sewing machine, 1/4" around your project. 
Is there a Joann's near you or a quilting shop?  There is a product appliquers use it's sort of a finger presser. 

Go to www.clover-usa.com  look for item #4002 Hera Marker for applique.

Or you can use fabric glue.  Put some glue near your stitching line and fold over and press with your finger or marker and then iron.

I hope this makes sense  Grin  If you need more help..email me.

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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2007 08:03:11 PM »

i dunno but i'm obsessed with that girl and her book!!  Why are all the scandinavian people I hear about so awesome?

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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2007 08:06:22 PM »

I have a hemmer foot for my machine, makes doing those edges really fast and easy!

What I used to do with my edges before I got the foot was to zig zag around the edges with a long stitch, then use that as a guide and fold it over 2x (no ironing) and stitch away.

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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2007 05:48:32 PM »

hahaha....  i made the cafe apron the other day and i sat the iron down next to me and promptly smashed my arm into it.  i have a gross burn and I knocked it on the floor.  i'm a sewing catastrophe.  but I agree that you could just baste it.

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