The Importance of Pressing

Pressing questions come up a lot when I meet with quilters. When a quilt tops arrives at my door they may have been pressed but often they have not held the press. When the seams pop up the quilt doesn’t lay nice and flat for quilting. I often cannot reach under and flip them to lay flat or they change direction mid seam. It makes a huge difference in the end result when a quilt is well pressed. The seams are properly pressed, stay pressed and lay flat for quilting.

Not holding a press
After a quick press

If you want to take your quilting to the next level I suggest taking a look at the way you press. When and the direction you press matters. If you wait until it’s all sewn to press, how do you know which way the seams should go? The seam is not fully open for sewing to the next piece. If there is an issue it will be found sooner than at the end and can be fixed. Pressing during block construction will also make the final press easier.

Once the quilt is well pressed, carefully fold it and place it on a hangar. I cannot stress enough… don’t put it in a bag. They just don’t hold a press when in a bag.

Not pressed well enough, changing direction mid seam will also pop up
I had to press it while on the machine to get the seams going the same direction and lay flat, and I cannot press down on the fabric when its on my quilt frame.

I found a great article about pressing with step by step photos. Here is a link to it:

There is always more to learn when quilting. Be open to trying new things. Grab your favorite beverage and give it a try! It might end up being your next favorite thing.

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