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by Ann
(Demopolis, AL, USA )

When preparing fabric before cutting quilt strips, I iron/press the fabric. If I use steam will it distort or shrink the fabric? My question also applies to pressing or setting the seams. I tend to get heavy handed when pressing and my blocks don't always fit together. I have thought this may be the reason.

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Jun 07, 2018
Pressing Fabric and Seams
by: Jannifer

I press fabrics before cutting with a dry iron unless the wrinkles are really set in. I do use a light steam setting when I'm pressing seams. The trick is to have a light hand with the iron. You don't want to run the iron back and forth over the fabric. I call it the "thump method". Put your iron straight down on the fabric with a thump. Pick it up and thump it down again. When pressing seams while piecing, press the seam on the wrong side first to set the thread into the fabric. Then, using a light hand,light steam and working from the right side, just kind of nudge the seam onto place with the tip of the iron; don't thump until you have an iron's length of seam done.

May 28, 2018
Pressing With Steam
by: Rebecca

I've personally found that pressing fabric with steam allows the fabric to stretch. Most directions say press which means an iron with no steam.

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