Quilting Basics ~ The Quarter Inch Seam & Pressing Techniques

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Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studios is back for part two of her Quilting Basics series (with installments every week throughout Quilting Month II!). Part one covered preparing and cutting your fabric. Learn more about Jacquie’s quilting in her Sew,Mama,Sew! Board Member intro and at Tallgrass Prairie Studios. Today’s Quilting Basics focus centers on the quarter inch seam and pressing techniques.

Enjoy today’s tips from Jacquie!

A Perfect Scant Quarter Inch Seam
Quarter inch seams are the standard in quilt piecing. Being able to piece accurately will save you lots of quilting headaches. A quarter inch seam in quilting is not really a quarter inch. It’s a scant quarter inch, a few threads less than a full ¼”. The difference is taken up by the slight fold or ridge created by the seam.

It seems like a few threads less wouldn’t make a difference, but multiply a little bit across the many seams in a quilt and it can become a problem when it’s time to put everything together. I use a ¼” foot on my machine which creates a scant ¼” seam when I run the edge of the foot along the edge of my fabric, but if you don’t have a ¼ “ foot, and even if you do, it’s a good idea to do this little test to see if you’re sewing an accurate scant quarter inch. Not all quilting involves precision piecing, but if you need to be precise, a scant ¼” seam is your friend.

The Test
Cut two 2” x 4” rectangles. Be sure to cut accurately! Sew the pieces together along the 4” side using your ¼ “ seam allowance. Press the seam (see below for pressing tips) and then measure the unit.

It should measure exactly 3 ½ “ wide. If your piece measures more or less, adjust your seam allowance. You can make adjustments by moving the needle position or by marking a new line to follow on your stitch plate. Some quilters place moleskin or tape on their stitch plates to mark their accurate ¼” seam allowance. Repeat the test until you achieve a perfect measurement.

Piecing
With an accurate scant ¼ “ seam you’re ready to piece. I use cotton thread for piecing. I like to match my thread color to my fabric if possible. If not, I use a neutral thread in cream, taupe or medium grey.

I use a stitch length of 12 to 15 stitches per inch for piecing. If you find your units separating at the ends as you work with them, reduce your stitch length just a bit and that might help. As you piece keep fabric edges aligned and sew a nice straight seam. I don’t pin as I sew. If your edges stay aligned, forget the pins. If your edges tend to shift, a few pins might make a difference for you.

Pressing
Don’t you love when your seams lay flat and your block is crisp and square? Proper pressing techniques can help you achieve just that! Pressing is using the weight of the iron and its heat to remove wrinkles and flatten seams. Ironing is moving the iron back and forth. Pressing is lifting the iron up and down. Pressing is for quilters!

Pressing technique is a matter of preference. Some quilters press seams to the side, some press seams open. Pressing to the side has been the standard for many years, but pressing open is gaining in popularity. I’ve been pressing open more and more lately. I love how flat my pieces lay and for me my piecing is more accurate with seams pressed open. I read this interesting article by Mabry Benson about pressing seams open. You might find it enlightening. You need to decide what works best for you.

You’ll also need to decide if you want to use steam. I tend not to as steam can cause blocks or units to distort. If I need a little help with a stubborn seam I use a tiny spritz of water or Best Press. Best press is a starch alternative and for me it works without the gunkiness of starch. You can find Best Press at most local quilt shops.

This is my pressing routine:

1. I set my seams before I press them open. This helps ’set’ the threads into the fabric and will ensure that extra fabric doesn’t get caught up in the seam. Put your sewn unit flat on your ironing board as you sewed it. Lower your iron for a few seconds and set the seam. I’ve found when pressing to the side that setting the seam helps the seam allowance flip more easily and results in a flatter seam.

2. I open my unit right sides down and do a quick finger press to open the seam and then I use my iron to press it flat, lifting and lowering the iron, not sliding back and forth.
3. For long seams I use my fingers to open the seam and work the iron down the length of the seam, pressing as I go.

4. Then I flip the unit over to press again from the right side. A couple of touches of the iron will give a nice flat seam.

Proper pressing can give you units and blocks that lay flat and are not distorted. This can make your quilt come together accurately and with less stress for you.

Next week: Matching seams and some quick piecing techniques!

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180 Responses to Quilting Basics ~ The Quarter Inch Seam & Pressing Techniques

  1. Marianne says:

    Another really useful lesson, thank you so much, you explain things so clearly for us newbies

  2. meadowcat says:

    Thank you so much for this and the link to the article by Mabry Benson. I have only been quilting for about a year and have been fighting with myself over pressing to one side. I agree with everything Mabry says and I will be open pressing from now on.

  3. Holly Knott says:

    Great tip and this is why I primarily create art quilts. This level of precision makes me nuts. LOL! :-)

  4. Cheryl F says:

    How very helpful!!!! I am a self taught patchworker and hungrily devour such snippets of information…Thank you!!!

  5. Linda says:

    I had just decided that I do not like pressing to the side and the next quilt I make will be open. “They” made the decision that to the side is stronger, but was the theory ever tested or is it just another old wives tale?

  6. amber sunshine says:

    Wow! These are great tips, especially for us new to the quilting scene. Thanks a bunch for sharing your wisdom :)

  7. Jen says:

    I’m taking a quilting class and she had said to press the seams to the side. I thought maybe there was a reason so I did but it seemed wrong and the seams seemed to want to be pressed open (I always iron on the back then the front). I’m glad to know there’s no reason and I should follow my natural sewing instinct. I suppose I’ll continue to press to the sides for this first quilt but after this, never again!

  8. Chacoy says:

    great tips, especially for thos of us that are newbies;}

  9. I have never tried to press my seems open. I’ve always pressed to the dark. I guess it’s a matter of choice.

  10. KerryQ says:

    Fabulous reminders. It’s always good to be reminded of the word “scant”.

  11. amandah says:

    These are great tips. I’ve been confused by the scant 1/4″ for awhile now, and this really cleared it up. Thanks.

  12. Cinnamon Sangria says:

    Great tips. Thank you!

  13. auschick says:

    This is really interesting. I have a 1/4″ foot and use it all the time, but I had no idea it was actually a “scant” 1/4″. Learn a new thing every day :)

  14. Kelli says:

    Always good to be reminded. I went out and bought a quarter-inch foot when I started and it’s what stays on my machine the most often!

  15. Mary Lou says:

    Thanks for reminding me about setting my seams. I was taught that in my quilting class but had forgotten. There is so much to remember. :-)
    Great tutorial by the way.

  16. San says:

    I would so love to pick up quilting again, count me in on your giveaway!

  17. Melisa says:

    Oh, how I wish I could get STRAIGHT 1/4″ seams! I try and I try and I try. I do understand how important it is, though, so I keep trying! :)
    (This is one of the biggest reasons I love improv piecing and wonky blocks…it allows for some imperfection! Yay!)
    :)

  18. Becca says:

    Another helpful tutorial! Thanks for making everything so clear!

  19. Marcelle says:

    Thanks for these great tips!! I’m learning a lot since I’m still new at sewing. Can’t wait for the next tutorial.

  20. D'Anna says:

    Press not iron – – so simple, but I’ve been missing it!
    Thank you!

  21. Vicki Dobbins says:

    Great information and instruction. Thanks!

  22. Alissa D says:

    OK, so that’s why my pressing doesn’t work right! Thanks!

  23. Pam says:

    “If seams-pressed-to-one-side were stronger, then why did our clothing teachers exhort us all those times to press our seams open.” Of course! Thank you Marby and SMS! On to checking my scant 1/4″ capabilities!

  24. carmel says:

    thanks thanks thanks!
    i realy need this tipe of explenations!
    thanks alot!!!

  25. Jackie H says:

    This was super helpful – thanks! :)

  26. DebbieKL says:

    Great tips!

  27. Sara says:

    Thanks for the info on the seam allowance. I had no idea!

  28. Danielle says:

    A great post – thanks! I have been experimenting with pressing seams open, I love how blocks tend to sit flatter if you press seams open.

  29. Thanks for the great tips Jacquie! It all begins with the correct size seam.

  30. Jodie says:

    Thank you so much! These are thing kinds of posts that make quilting less intimidating for beginners!

  31. gigi says:

    thank you…thank you…thank you!
    i am learning so much this month!

  32. Amber W says:

    great tips!

  33. Ah, no steam! Thanks for the tips, especially the scant 1/4″.

  34. Erika Ray says:

    This is such a great tutorial! I can’t wait for next week’s installment!

  35. Gina says:

    Pressing seams open is intriguing. I wonder if it will help me match seams better?

  36. JenR says:

    a *SCANT* 1/4″… no wonder! :)

  37. Alexis says:

    I’ve read this twice. Great tips. I’ve never heard about the scant 1/4 inch seam before. I’m hoping that will help my accuracy. Thanks!

  38. jackie C says:

    Thank you. it looks easy in the photos but I’m still afraid to do it (quilting I mean)!

  39. sang says:

    Thanks for the tips, these posts have been really helpful.

  40. carolyn says:

    Great tips, thanks! I’m new to quilting but have been sewing for years. Can’t wait to try these out!

  41. Lindsay says:

    This is so helpful! Thank you!!

  42. Sarah says:

    I started with pressing open, but moved to side pressed after being chastised by my teacher. I think I’m going to go back to pressing open again :)

  43. Fran says:

    Great tutorial !….very enlightning…
    I will give open seam pressing a try…
    it makes sense.

  44. I’ve been quilting for a while, but I’ve never taken a class on the basics, so thank you for the information!

  45. MimiBob says:

    Great article. I will give pressing open a try. Thanks.

  46. Margaret says:

    Thanks for the information. Fairly new quilter…still learning stuff, also great link to other ironing info.

  47. Interesting – I’m a beginner and was told (in several books) to press to the side. but then I end up having twisted seams if I’m not so so careful. Pressing open seems to make more sense for uniformity so I’ll do that from now on!

  48. Joy says:

    Thanks for the excellent tutorial!

  49. Gracie says:

    thanks for the tips!! This tuto is really helpful

  50. Christine says:

    I tend to “iron” which would explain why my blocks get so wonky. This blog is great for new tips and techniques!

  51. Cristi says:

    Thanks for the tips!

  52. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the great tips!

  53. andrea says:

    Great info especially about the ‘quarter inch’ and pressing seams to one side or open. I learned something new today :)

  54. Southern Gal says:

    I’d love to see a picture of the machine foot you use.

  55. Ethne says:

    Perfect tutorial Jacquie – thank you

  56. julie says:

    Very helpful information– I was ironing– not pressing! Can’t wait to get quilting today on my day off!

  57. Julia says:

    Great tutorial!

  58. Tara says:

    Wise advice! Cheers to our steamy hot irons!

  59. tscd says:

    Thank you for this – it is so helpful

  60. nikole terry says:

    I’ve always pressed to the side, I’ll have to read the article.

  61. Brownie says:

    So informative. Thank you very much! I’m just beginning my quilting experience, so thank you for the simple explainations.

  62. Katie says:

    Excellent information and so clearly explained, thanks for all the tips.

  63. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the tips!

    Sadly, my “accurate” 1/4 inch is my downfall at the moment. I learned how and started using it just after I took a class for a beautiful, round, bargello quilt. So, the first half of the strips were pieced with my “too big” 1/4 inch, and the second half with an accurate one.

    I’m sure you can guess the end of the story. The strip sets for the second half of the quilt came out (accurately) almost 2″ too long. I have since figured out a fix … resewing all the seams … because I don’t have enough fabric to restart. So, my project has been sitting untouched for almost two years. Here’s hoping I get the motivation to finish it up sooner rather than later (and that I don’t re-learn old bad habits when I do the fix!)

  64. Deb V says:

    Thanks for sharing all of the great information.

  65. Nezabudkina says:

    The tips are very helpful! Especially for a beginner like me :) Thanks!

  66. Sylvie says:

    Thanks for the great tips. I’ve read a couple of times lately about a 1/4″ foot, but really I wonder what it looks like. It could be very useful for me.

  67. Veronica says:

    Wow! This tutorial was a great help. I will book mark it and hope to remember it the next time I am frustrated with alignment of pieces and blocks!

  68. Lee Ann Bailey says:

    I am trying to teach myself to quilt; I’ve been doing the full 1/4 inch seams–no wonder I’ve had trouble! Thanks for resolving the mystery for me!

  69. jules says:

    had no idea about the “scant 1/4″ inch. great tips!

  70. happy says:

    Thank You for the tips, This is very helpful for a beginner like me…

  71. Kaye Prince says:

    I actually have my quarter inch foot on its way already and I can’t wait to see what kind of difference it makes! Thanks for another excellent tutorial Elizabeth!

  72. Kim says:

    Wow! The techniques you’ve just outlined make so much sense and solve so many little problems I’ve had with my first quilt projects….things just not lining up quite perfectly. Thanks a bunch!

  73. Susan O. says:

    I appreciate the tips that have been given. As a hand quilter I prefer my seams to go to one side so I can stitch through the side without seams, makes it much easier to get through the fabric and achieve smaller stitches.

  74. Sam says:

    Wow, just the info I need to get started on my first quilt tonight! Thanks!

  75. Linda says:

    Thanks Jackie!
    I am new to quilting and i have found your tutorial and others’ very helpful in learning the basics!

  76. Kathy says:

    This is helpful!! I just started pressing with my seams open too…

  77. moira says:

    thanks!

  78. Karen says:

    Great article on why to press seams open. I’ve always pressed to the side and now I’ll try pressing my seams open.

  79. Marcia W. says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. Look forward to the pressing tute.

  80. Rose L says:

    Oh, I see why my seams are not quite right! Thank you!

  81. Linda says:

    Thank you for sharing these basics that are SO important. It is good info for the new and the experienced quilters.

  82. Great tip…I would have never thought of that!
    Jana

  83. alisha says:

    This is so helpful!

  84. Jen L says:

    This is fabulous info!

  85. Andria says:

    I haven’t tried to press my seams open, but will happily try it after this tutorial! Thank you!

  86. Megan says:

    As a fairly novice quilter, I love being able to read everything I can about the basics. It inspires me to make the effort and “do it well” even if things take a little longer. The attention to details is one of the things that first attracted me to quilting.

  87. Debbie Bishop says:

    Pressing versus ironing. Who knew? Thanks for the help.

  88. Ramona says:

    I was taught to press my seams to the side. I will have to try pressing them open and see how I like it. Luckily for me, I have a scant quarter inch seam programmed into my machine. It makes it so much easier to stay consistent.

  89. Jacqui says:

    The first quilt I did I pressed to the side and it just seemed wrong – I know how much flatter a seam is when it’s pressed open but since so many sources said to do it to one side that’s what I did. So glad that my instinct was ok – loved that article by Mabry Benson on why people used to press to one side and it makes so much sense. I also need to work on my 1/4″ seams, I have the foot but I often find that the fabric pulls a little to one side when I first start sewing and therefore it’s not perfectly 1/4″ and you’re right, it does add up after awhile!

  90. Patricia says:

    wow, now I understand the scant! I didn’t realize that little fold would take up space and make for big problems. Thank you!

  91. Annette says:

    I too press my seams open. I find it creates less bulk and helps keeps the seams aligned. Thanks for the lovely tutorial. I definitely a Tallgrass fan!

  92. Christine says:

    Good tip about the scant 1/4 inch seam. Thanks!

  93. Kelli says:

    You are so right, the scant bit is VERY important on non-improvised blocks!

  94. Rachel says:

    I’ve been ironging, not pressing. Oops.

  95. Laura says:

    The pressing information was really helpful – I’m new to quilting and didn’t know the details of pressing seams!

  96. Susan Jonsson says:

    Reading these great tips lets me know just how much I don’t know…I am sure my next project will turn out great because of the suggestions here! Thanks so much!

    Susan

  97. Kristin says:

    so helpful – I have definitely been ironing my pieces…this might explain I sometimes end up with slightly skewed blocks!

  98. Holly says:

    I’ve found even with the 1/4-inch foot on my machine, I have to move the needle over a bit to get things just right. I didn’t realize until recently that I COULD move the needle (other than to the far left), so that has made a big difference!

  99. Vicki K says:

    Thank you for the discussion on the ‘to one side’ vs. ‘opened flat’ seams. I’ve always pressed to one side so I could control what showed beneath lighter colored fabrics but I want to try the other way.

  100. ~Helena~ says:

    Thanks for sharing, I’d been debating on pressing open or to the side and love to press open.

  101. Sarah S says:

    Very well written and great pictures. Thanks, Jacquie!

  102. delitealex says:

    Great tips I’ll have to try them.

  103. Upstatelisa says:

    Yay jacquie! I’ve heard that if your fabric is prewahed then stea
    isn’t so problematic but I tend to go steamless myself.

  104. Amber says:

    can’t wait for next week’s post. i’m just starting my first quilt (in the process of cutting all of the squares)!

  105. Ela says:

    Thanks for the clarification on “scant” 1/4 inch! I never knew!

  106. susan says:

    Thanks for the link discussing seams open — very interesting!

  107. Andi says:

    I needed this advice yesterday when I ironed instead of pressed my triangles, which made my squares look out of shape. Thanks again for the helpful hints!

  108. I had so many problems with my first quilt (many years ago) because I wasn’t sewing accurate 1/4″ seams. I am so thankful for my 1/4″ piecing foot! It makes all the difference in the world!

  109. Cathy A says:

    Thanks for the info! I’ll have to check my seams. I’ve started pressing seams open since following Oh Frannson. I thought they were traditionally pressed to the side to prevent the batting from coming through the stitches. It’s not really an issue today with batting, so open seams seems best, IMO.

  110. I appreciate this series, even though I’m not a quilter. Just someone looking to sew better. Thank you!

  111. Rachelle says:

    Great post and very helpful. thanks!

  112. sharon says:

    Great tips! Good tutorial, thanks Sharonj.

  113. Sara says:

    Thanks so much for this basic understanding and the pics I loved because I am more of a visual person than anything else. You can’t find too many clear demos like this that I have seen so far—so thank you Sew Mama Sew too!!!

  114. Katrina H says:

    My mom taught me this as well, but your pictures are a lot more fun! thank you.

  115. Antje says:

    I’m used to have a 1cm seam… working in inches is so difficult for me.
    I always recalculate the sizes. I might as well try your 1/4″ way… but I don’t think that will work for me on the long way, being used to cm

  116. Deb G says:

    Thanks for the definition of a scant 1/4″ seam! Good info. Thanks!

  117. Kevin says:

    I pressed half of the seams on my latest quilt open – I think I’m going to do it for all seams on the next one, accurate piecing wins the day!

    K.

  118. Sheryl says:

    I didn’t know that about ironing vs. pressing! Perhaps that what I’m doing wrong! My mom taught me to press my seams to the darker fabric not open. I’ll try the open method and see if that makes a difference.

    Keep those tips coming!

  119. kern says:

    I need to start pressing my seams open and seeing if that helps.

    I also bought some fork pins to try to help with my piecing.

  120. Drea says:

    This is so helpful! I am so glad I found this blog when I did :) Thank you!

  121. Krystina says:

    Great tips. I’m really enjoying these articles on how to do the “basics.” Thanks for putting it all together!

  122. Sara Hemmeke says:

    Pressing seams while sewing is always so much more fun than pressing the pile of clothes that sits next to the ironing board!

  123. I am totally sold on pressing seams open. Things lay flatter and seams match better. This was really well written.

  124. Lee says:

    I’ve started pressing seams open too, especially on pin wheel type blocks.

  125. Hilary says:

    Very helpful – thanks for the tips!

  126. Char says:

    When I started sewing (more than thirty years ago) I made garments and you always press seams open. When I quilt I sometimes I do whatever is going to create less bulk. I think open seams are just as strong as seams pressed to the side.

  127. Krista says:

    Thanks for the tips. I have been resisting pressing seams open out of laziness, but I had a recent project that would have turned out so much better had I done so.

  128. Erica says:

    Holy cow, i never put it together that my seams should be a scant 1/4″ to allow for the loss of length from pressing. It seems so obvious now…

  129. kimber says:

    I never knew the difference between ironing and pressing. thanks!

  130. Candy J says:

    You are absouletly right about pressing seams open. I started about a year ago, and haven’t had a problem with points matching up at all. I perfer this much better!

  131. Great! I hope more people take this to heart!
    You forgot to mention that even when you do improv work this is important.

  132. faith says:

    I learned something new… I had no idea about the scant 1/4″ seam.

  133. Ellen Ban says:

    Just took the time to test my 1/4″ foot and realized I need to move the needle over to get it right. I kept my test block and wrote the needle setting on it with a Sharpie for future reference! I’m enjoying April all this quilting inspiration and refreshers.

  134. Connie says:

    Thanks for explaining what “scant” means… that always confused me. Looking forward to more lessons.

  135. Christina says:

    I’ve been a self-taught quilter for awhile now, and these tips really are making a difference for me!

  136. duff says:

    this is a basic thing but really, how many of us have ever tested our seam? I’ve always put a ruler on top of the sewn seam to check, but now I see that I need to open the sewn piece and then check. Thanks for the quick and easy demo!

  137. Nichole says:

    Good information here!

  138. Peggy says:

    Pressing is the key. I too like the look of seams pressed open. Now I don’t have to worry about which side to press them.

  139. Katrien says:

    Really interesting to go through the basics of quilting. It would be great though if measurements were also indicated in centimeters, for international readers like me!

  140. Jessica says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! I’m about to start my first quilt.

  141. Jeni says:

    Great tips!

  142. SofiAlgarvia says:

    Thanks Jacquie, it’s a very usefull information for a beginner like me: must test the seam allowance, and stop using steam when pressing the fabrics.

  143. Oh wow, I had no idea how much difference a scant 1/4 would make! I’m excited to try this out!

  144. Serena says:

    Huh, I never knew that it was a SCANT 1/4″ seam. That explains a lot. Thank you for the wonderful tips!

  145. Elizabeth says:

    What a nice looking seam. I always forget to press my seams open!

  146. Isobel says:

    I love Sew, Mama, Sew. This is yet another fantastic, useful and carefully put together article. Thankyou for putting all these brilliant resources in one place!

  147. Great advice! Thank you!

  148. I’ve noticed that more quilters are pressing their seams open now. Not quite there yet though.

  149. Rachel says:

    I wish I could believe that pressing seams open is as secure as pressing to the side…I just can’t make that leap of faith, yet! Thanks for the tutorial.

  150. Erin says:

    I’ve recently started “setting” the seams before I press them open. It really does make a difference!

  151. Jennifer says:

    Very helpful for beginners like me – thanks! And I love the fabrics in the photos.

  152. Rochelle says:

    Thanks for the instruction! This site is better than the library!

  153. PeachRainbow says:

    Thank you for this informative article, until now I didn’t know that pressing and ironing are two different things!

  154. MegVS says:

    Great tips!

  155. marilyn podoll says:

    great info. I just finished a piece last night that came out all wonky. Now I know just what I did wrong. I’m going to try it again using your method. Thanks so much for the great instructions. I’m a beginner and need all the help I can get.

  156. 4vs1 says:

    I’m really enjoying learning about quilting here. I look forward to trying a quilt in the future!

  157. kristin says:

    I can’t wait to test it out! thanks for the tips.

  158. LPQuilts says:

    Great article. I press my seams open and love it. I find it makes everything easier, but I suppose it is personal preference!

  159. Carrie L says:

    This is so helpful! Thanks!

  160. Cameron H says:

    Recently I finally figured out that I needed to make my 1/4″ seams scant in order to make my blocks come out the correct size. I thought either it was just my machine or my novice sewing. Thanks for affirming the scant 1/4″!!!

  161. Betsy says:

    It is helpful to have some one go over the basics. It makes me re-examine my own technique!

  162. Karen says:

    Pressing the seams open does make for much flatter seams, but oh how I hate it! I’ve been trying to train myself to do it more, but I always seem to burn myself. Me and irons aren’t best friends

  163. Danna says:

    Sweet, thanks for the awesome info. I’m new to quilting so this was very helpful and the photos definately help. :D

  164. i love these posts on the basics. thanks!

  165. Katie says:

    Good info about the seam allowance. Never knew!

  166. Jane says:

    I have also started to press my seams open, especially since I mainly machine quilt so the stitching is really anchored.

  167. Molly says:

    Thanks Jacquie. I’m pretty new to quilting so I really appreciate getting the basics down. I can’t wait to test my 1/4″ seam tonight!! Oh dear…. did I just write that?

  168. Julia says:

    Handy! Thanks!–I do need to be reminded not to slide the iron around..I often warp my quilt blocks.

  169. Kathleen says:

    I was taught to press seams side to side but will give it a try with seams open. Makes sense when it comes to the quilting part.

  170. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous, makes me happy just looking at that nice, flat seam! I’ve got to work on my pressing vs. ironing-and-manhandling…

  171. Sylvie says:

    Thank you for this beginner’s lesson.

  172. Tong says:

    Thanks once again Jacquie!

  173. meg says:

    fantastic tip about the ironing twice. my lazy self would never have thought to iron more!

  174. susan h says:

    great tips, thanks!

  175. gardenymph says:

    Thank you, Jacquie!!

  176. Jenny says:

    Great tips, thank you! I am really enjoying this Quilting Basics series.

  177. Latrilla says:

    I am not a quilter yet although I sew clothes. I tend to press my seams open anyway. You really do get a clean flat piece.

  178. Sequana says:

    I so often forget the #1 step up there; just get in a hurry, I guess. I purchased a dry iron a few months ago. I really like its totally flat sole plate.

  179. Megan L says:

    Oh Jacquie, you are so helpful!

  180. Charity says:

    Thanks for the tips on a scant 1/4″, I didn’t realize what a big difference that would make!

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