So, are you a press open or a press to the side gal? Do you always press the same way or does it depend on what you are working on? How do you decide?
You see, I started as a press to the side girl, then, I transitioned to press open and now, after this block I think I am back to press to the side. When you nestle the seams together after pressing to the side, it's just so clean!
Plus, do you press the fabric right as it comes out of the sewing machine (before you press open or to the side)? I read somewhere that this sets your stitches. So for me....that would mean 3 presses for each seam. Why 3 you ask? Well I press the back side first, then flip it over to the front and if I did the "set the stitches method", that would be 3 - No thank you!
And another question for you? Do you really "press" or do you iron? I try really hard to just press, but I must admit, I enjoy running my iron from one side to the next so I press, but I also iron too, it's fun! I know I know, it stretches the fabric but I can live with that just a little tiny bit.
So...the whole reason for this post is a block I made for Liz for a Quilt of Valor Quilt that she is planning to make. She requested the Charming Squares pattern from the Moda Bake Shop so I followed the directions exactly and it had all kinds of pressing instructions, but you know what.....the end result was so nice and clean and NOT bulky.
It has made me re-examine this "always press open" mindset.
Tell me, which way do you press and why?