Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pressing seams - advice please.

I've always pressed my seams outwards or towards the darker colour when piecing.  I'm busy working with some "Honey Buns" at the moment and I am have pressed the seams open to try and reduce the bulky corners that will be hard to quilt over.  
Is this wrong?

I'd love to know what everyone else does and why.


  1. i am not an expert by any means!! but the projects i've always done say to press toward the darker fabric. but my most recent quilt, i decided to press open, like you are doing. i like the way it makes the block seem "flatter" and smoother.
    the only down side is when you are stitching the blocks together, the wrong-facing seams sometimes try to flip over. so i've had to be careful when pinning to make sure and pin those down good.
    does this make any sense?

  2. I've never thought to press seams open, but there are some ladies that do so all the time... I don't know of any disadvantage in doing this... except for thinking how stitch in the ditch would work on such when quilting...
    I shall post a photo for you of the way I do my seams...Come to think of it, I think I have somewhere... will have to check and direct you to it...

  3. Hi Julie,
    like so many things, there isn't just one way to do it ~ some like to press to one side, others prefer to press the seam allowance open. Especially to reduce those nasty bulks.
    I recomment to visit Elizabeth @ Oh Fransson! She currently offers a Quilt Along and just posted an entire post about pressing seams open...very interesting (the comments too):

    Have a great weekend,

    P.S.:Your Aviary Honeybun project promises to be beautiful!

  4. I´m doing a little bit of both depending on what I´m sewing... and I dont think there is a right or wrong in this... do as you think whats best for the project you are working on...:o)

  5. just looking at the answers..........

  6. I do both on some quilts, it depends on how small the blocks are with so many seams..
    I don't think it would be good for stitch in the ditch all over quilt design it would be free motion stipple!
    Julia ♥

  7. What would I know .......but the projects i've always done say to press toward the darker fabric. Ioften decided to press open, like you are doing. It seems to make some projects flatter and smoother.
    After all it is you making the quilt so what ever makes life easier for you .......go for it (lol)

  8. I've always pressed to the darker side too, interesting to hear what others do!

  9. if pressing it to one side makes the seam too bulky, than yes, press it open. i learned that the hard way on a quilt i had made and was trying to longarm quilt it. i ended up ironing every single seam open when the quilt was half quilted lol

  10. Definitely do what works best for each particular project; there is nothing worse than a huge lump where you have multiple seams meeting at a point.