I had to wrap up my posts on quilt backs with a quick mention on how I press my seams. This is so important. And maybe a wee bit boring so I’ll keep that part short.
Fortunately, thinking of ironing reminded me of something much more interesting: an independent documentary film called “I Always Do My Collars First”. My friend Susan brought this DVD to our American Sewing Guild meeting several months ago. We all huddled around a laptop for this beautiful and humor-filled look at the ritual of ironing. Be sure to follow the link for a preview clip. Here’s the description from the website:
A documentary that delivers an artful and unexpectedly entertaining look at what is often ignored as a mundane chore. The story follows four dynamic Cajun women in French Louisiana as they go about their daily lives demonstrating how the simple ritual of ironing weaves its way throughout the fabric of family life and their sense of identity.
Now more about my iron and those seams on the back of the quilt. Step 1 (first photo above): set the seam by pressing it as it was sewn. Remember, pressing is moving the iron up and down on the seam, not ironing which is moving the iron back and forth. A very non-technical description of setting a seam: it warms up the threads and ‘lays’ them into the fabric.
Step 2: Press the seam open:
Step 3: Flip over and press the seam from the right side of the fabric. This is what it looks like before it is pressed:
This is what the seam looks like after it’s pressed:
Ahhh, much better. Yes, I’m obsessive about pressing my seams. I like using a 1/2″ seam on the backs because I think they end up pressing out flatter. I LOVE lots of steam. I’m not too keen on my brand of iron these days so don’t even ask. I’m on my 3rd or 4th iron since my ‘greatest Rowenta of all time’ went kaput after 8 years on the job, any and ALL suggestions welcome!