Pressing Seams to One Side

  • Pressing Seams To One Side

  • Pressing your seams helps keep your quilt top flat for easier quilting, and you'll use a variety of methods at different points in the quilting process. But by pressing them to one side, you can create rows of units that nest, or interlock, as you sew them together. Here's how to do it correctly.

  • Pro Tip

    • Most patterns suggest pressing toward the darker fabric so the colors don't "shadow through" the lighter fabric.

    1. 1. Flatten Your Seams

      Set the seam by pressing it with the iron right after you sew it.

    2. 2. Face Your Darker Fabric Up

      With the darker fabric facing up, open the piece. Finger press the seam.

    3. 3. Press the Seam to One Side

      Press with the iron, being careful not to move it side-to-side as that can stretch the seam. That's it!

      Pro Tip

      • Spray starch helps your seams stay crisp. For best results, spritz your seams before you press, and use a dry iron with no steam.

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