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« on: March 30, 2007 08:13:18 AM »

Hello, I am new to this site and am finding a lot of helpful info.  I am wanting to start getting into quilting and think I've pretty much got it figured out.  I do have one question.  Do you need to iron your seam allowance after ever piece you sew together?  Can you sew a buch together then iron?

I do know with some patterns they tell you when to iron and in what direction, but if you are free handing a quilt, what is the best way to go about it?
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2007 09:58:24 PM »

I sew all my pieces in a big long chain (I don't cut the thread from the machine, I just leave about 3/4" between each pieced piece, still connected). Then I cut them free from each other and iron them.

I do iron them between each piecing. So, if I sew two pieces together, I iron out that seam before I connect it to the next piece.

I hope that make sense.
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2007 10:17:01 AM »

Ok, I see what your saying!  That sounds pretty easy!  I tried sewing a few pieces together and it was ok, but the seams did end up going the same way!  I think I will try your suggestion next time!  Thank you!!
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2007 01:00:53 PM »

If you have two rows of pieces that are going together, iron each piece in opposite directions - this makes the seams go together really smoothly.  If sometimes the seams go the same direction, it's not the end of the world.  I sometimes just flip them right before sewing.  I don't always sew between every sewing, depending on the look I'm going for in the final quilt.  If I want it to be super flat and accurate, then I do, but if it's a crazy quilt, a utility quilt, or osmething "wonky" then I sometimes don't.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2007 08:02:28 AM »

I iron at every stage.  It makes the sewing so much easier.  Be gentle with your iron and don't pull the blocks out of shape.  This can be a big problem with bias triangles. 

Iron from the top so you don't get little tucks in the seams and end up with measurements that are off.
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2007 08:51:04 AM »

For seams you really need to PRESS not Iron.  The difference is pressing you don't move the iron around on the seam, just pick it up and put it down.  That keeps you from distorting the material.  Ironing involves moving the iron around and sometimes that can pull the material out of whack.
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2007 09:12:17 AM »

For seams you really need to PRESS not Iron.  The difference is pressing you don't move the iron around on the seam, just pick it up and put it down.  That keeps you from distorting the material.  Ironing involves moving the iron around and sometimes that can pull the material out of whack.

I was going to point that out too.  I 'iron' but I know I'm supposed to 'press'.  Well, I iron the fabric first, but then I press the seams open.

And I do chain-peicing like the second poster describes, pin a stack of peices to be sewn, sew them one after another without cutting the thread on the sewing machine (sometimes I'll sew a bit of scrap fabric between though if my machine is acting up).  Then I snip apart the chain, and press open the seams.

The pattern I'm working on now says to press the seams in one direction, so that's what I'll be doing this time.  I'm not sure of the theory behind when to press them open and when to press them to one side... but if I figure it out, I'll let you know.
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