1. Bill V.

    Oh, Teresa! I don’t disagree with you at all, but you would be so horrified with the finger-pressed improv patchwork I have been working on. LOL! xoxo

  2. quiltbabe8

    Yes, a thousand times yes to all of this. It may be because I started sewing at 12 with a mom who had sewn all her life and took courses at the local community college in tailoring and drapery making, but I think I learned to use the iron before I actually sat at the sewing machine. I do have to laugh – I’ve been using Black & Decker irons for thirty plus years. I still miss the old, $10 steam iron that got hot as Hades and weighed a ton – it pressed seams like no other iron since.

  3. Therese Hylton

    When pressing for patchwork I lay the sewn bits with the dark side up and the seam away from me so that after I press the line of stitching I simply flip the dark fabric over and press away from myself, the seam is then automatically pressed toward “the dark side”. I agree that pressing every step makes a huge difference and I have been teaching beginners for 20 years so I know first hand the difference it makes.

  4. G.P.

    Czytam ten tekst przy pomocy translatora, rozumiem może połowę. Translator bardzo przekręca znaczenie słów i wielu rzeczy trzeba się domyślać, a być może domysły nie są poprawne.
    Ja jestem z tych, którzy prasują po zakończeniu pracy albo nie prasują wcale. Tymczasem autorka przekonuje, że to jest ważna część pracy i że dzięki prasowaniu łatwiej jest szyć całość z bloków. Nie wiem dlaczego, ale moje żelazko zawsze wydaje mi się zbyt chłodne, mimo że jest nastawione na bawełnę. Może powinnam zacząć korzystać z wody z rozpylacza. Takiego czegoś jak kostka (clapper) albo rolka do szwów (seam roller) nigdy nie widziałam i nawet nie wiedziałam, że istnieją.

  5. Lara B.

    Hi Teresa! I learned garment sewing in 4-H club and you are right, pressing is drilled into you. I get really freaked if i can’t press as I work. It does make a big difference! My long arm quilter always flips over how tidy the quilt tops are that I have brought to her. She says most people barely press. Your post is so informative and helpful – i learned about some tools (the clapper and the roller) that I’ve never tried before. Using the roller for paper piecing sounds like it would be a boon.
    As you wrote, starch is a great ironing aid. I use starch for almost every project. That being said, I learned the hard way to starch before sewing the blocks and not after.

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