I'd like to know if there are any tips of how to press paper piecing blocks.
Some people say press all seams open - I'm having a devil of a time trying to
sew the sections together and keep things relatively flat. Can you offer any suggestions
on the pressing of the blocks. It would be much appreciated.
Cheers, Maureen from
Always use a dry iron. My pressing suggestions:
1) WORKING ON THE
Immediately after sewing a seam on the paper, and BEFORE you flip
fabric open, PRESS the line of stitching that you just made. I find this really
helps to avoid stitches showing on the right side when you do flip it open. NOW,
flip the fabric open and press the seam flat GENTLY from the right side. Do not
pull the fabric or stretch the seam while pressing.
2) SEWING THE SECTIONS
Most of the time, you should NOT press seams open. Press them in
the direction that they naturally want to fall. I press seams open when the directions
tell me to, usually to distribute seam allowances to keep things flatter. I also
press seams open when there seems to be a problem pressing the seam to one side.
Sometimes there are so many seam allowances it won't stay pressed to one side;
then I open it.
Re: Keeping blocks flat: You will have more problems keeping
things flat if: (1) you sew too fast --You need to keep
your stitching as near to the intended stitch lines as possible. (2) If you don't
pin the sections together carefully so that the seam allowances are distributed
where they should be.
Flatness is always a function of how carefully one
works. I know this is not always a natural thing for all sewers, but if you start
to adapt some suggestions here and there, you will find that your work will improve.
Hope these help!--Linda
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