Quilting Tip #4 - To Open or Not to Open
In a dream world, there would be one way to iron a seam and it would look perfect every time and be just as easy as well.
However, that does not always work for me and I am betting it does not for you either!
From the powers that be, they say pick how you iron your seam per project and that works - for the most part. I have found though that a mixture of open and closed is just fine. Now, I am not sewing for competitions and that would make a difference ( you have to chose what is best for you!)
How I blend open and closed.
If I am sewing blocks that have lots of seams and just in general blocks, I iron open. If I put borders on, I will iron away from center to create a graduated look. This is not the mainstream thought process though.
When I am sewing together blocks that go into rows, I sew opposite sides so those seams just match up perfectly, while the rest of the block may have seam ironed open.
What about you - do you iron open or closed or a mixture?
To break it down..
1. Reduces Bulk and lays flatter
2. Easier Quilting - it is much easier for your long-armer to quilt over.
3. Greater Accuracy - Open seams make it easier to match points (in certain cases)
1. Sturdier seams - these seam are stronger and can be advantageous for heavy use and washing.
2. Quicker Assembly - they iron faster!
3. Traditional Look - It may be more in line with a traditional feel of a quilt.
Bottom Line - it is up to you and how you want your quilt to look and what makes it easier for you!
- Tags: sewing seams
- Jennifer Armentrout