Welcome back to Vals Quilting, today I want to talk about pressing seams open or to one side.
I was taught to press seams to one side generally to the dark and to nest the seams when connecting blocks together, this seems to be the proper way or the way most quilters sew.
A year or so ago I was reading about quilters starting to press seams open, then I was struggling with a complicated block and my friend Beth said to press my seams open and boy did that ever make a difference. Less bulk, it lays so much flatter especially when you have multiple pieces.
I also had the privilege recently to take a lecture or two and a workshop by Fun Quilts, Bill Kerr and they press their seams open and always have. They do this to relieve bulk. If they have no concerns about pressing their seams open and commissioning their quilts in upwards of $5000K they must be onto something....
There was some debate recently at a quilt guild meeting regarding this. One lady mentioned that pressing the seams open may make the seam vulnerable, another person agreed but if you think about it, Seamstresses and Sewers press their seams open all of the time to relieve bulk. Some sewers will finish their seams in "french" style or zigzag over the seam allowances to ensure they are secure or even use a serger so the seam allowance doesn't become frayed. You likely wouldn't use a serger when quilting because this will definitely add bulk to the seam and plus you will be quilting through all 3 layers to finish the quilt and secure the blocks in place at the end.
I was taught to sew pressing the seams open, thanks Susan.
I was taught to press my seams to one side when quilting, thanks to all of you quilting experts and teachers out there :)
I've decided to press seams open and or to press in the direction that will make my block sit flat and to reduce bulk, if that means to press to one side, I will do that, if that means to press the seam open, I will do that.
Since I've started teaching with Chinook Learning Services, I've decided to teach my students to press their seams open, so far :)
What do you do? Press Open or to one side and Why?
Until next time, have a happy and creative day!