QOTD - Press seams open or to the side?

8 years ago

How do you all press your seams?

I first learned to press my seams to the side, and became frustrated that my block sizes were smaller than called for.

So I started pressing seams open, and found block sizes came out correct sizes.

But I experimented with sewing scant 1/4" seams, smaller thread size (50 wt) and moving my needle position a couple notches to the right when sewing the seams. I can then press to the side and get a fairly accurate block size.

I'm trying to press to the side for all the Lotto blocks in this forum, but for other projects I sometimes still like to press seams open for a flatter look.

Please share your ideas and experiences.

Julie, who still considers herself a beginning quilter...

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