What does “setting my seams” mean?
This term refers to pressing the seams of your patchwork after you sew two pieces together. You “set the seams” before you press open your patchwork .
Take a look at this HST….I have sewn my two pieces together and I now need to press open my patchwork.
(The angled corners are where I trim off my dog ears before hand.)
Take your iron and gently press over the 1/4″ seam area only, no steam needed! This is going to press the seam flat and also imbed the thread into the fibers of your fabric.
Why do we bother setting seams?
Well, now when you press open your patchwork there will be less distortion and your work will be just a little more precise:)
I don’t know about you, but if I don’t do this my seam line gets just a little wonky and when my block has a lot of piecing all that wonkiness really adds up!
What a cute little HST!
What if you don’t wanna set your seams??? Good news is this is just one of those quilty things you just have to try and see if you like it or not….and if you don’t….dump that technique and keep moving:) At least now you will know what it means when you hear the term though.
Keep it Sassy♥