Pressing Matters

There are times when I skip the pressing, but usually I go through all the motions for the best possible outcome.

Starch is still a favorite tool for crisp fabric, and great points! This is a pile of fabric waiting to be cut, after starching.

I’ve streamlined my process when pressing to one side, so that I don’t have to touch the pieces as many times.  It’s turned into a big time-saver for me, and thought I should share!

I layer pieces in a fan, I’m able to press the seam as I need it and continue to get it nice and flat while I add the next piece.

As long as I get it right the first time, it all works great!

I’ve tried to instruct Ella (my sometimes helper) in this manner, but she’s not interested.

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!


By |2019-07-18T10:39:27-06:00July 18th, 2012|sewing|14 Comments


  1. Karen M July 18, 2012 at 4:24 am - Reply

    I do that too. It usually works great. When I have particularly thick intersections I press each block individually.

  2. Amanda Rose July 18, 2012 at 6:29 am - Reply

    This sounds like a great idea.

  3. Mary Ann July 18, 2012 at 6:35 am - Reply

    I’ll try it! And I so agree, pressing is usually the difference between a good result and a great result!

  4. KatieQ July 18, 2012 at 7:52 am - Reply

    That’s my method. I find it much easier and once you get into a rhythm, it goes very fast.

  5. Kate Brown July 18, 2012 at 7:57 am - Reply

    I sometimes do that and it works great. Anything that saves time. I have to say though, I do enjoy ironing right up to the finished top, then I am not so crazy about it.

    • Lauren aka Giddy99 July 18, 2012 at 9:59 am - Reply

      me, too! I love to press seams while sewing, but the finished product? Not so much. :)

  6. Mary on Lake Pulaski July 18, 2012 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Pressing is a definite necessity and whatever it takes to get it done quickly, I’m all for it!

  7. Amy, a redeemed sheep July 18, 2012 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I do this, too. I love to press. =) It’s relaxing and fun.

  8. Queenie Believe July 18, 2012 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Sounds like a good idea for straight of grain seams. For me bias seams tend to be finicky demanding individualized attention :o)
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  9. Cindy Sharp July 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    You have a great iron for the job! I have one just like it and love the steam that it puts out. ( nothing like getting a facial while doing some ironing!)

  10. Natalia July 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    I do the same thing when I mass pressing! :)

  11. Lori July 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Same here! But I do not use starch. I hate what to does to everything else it hits. Wondering if I’m missing out???

  12. duff July 19, 2012 at 9:30 am - Reply

    I am accustomed to thinking about chain piecing, but not chain pressing–thanks for making me think outside the box! I’m going to try this right away!

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