There is a difference between ironing and pressing. Both have their place in the quilting world and knowing how and when to use them goes a long way toward accurate piecing.
Teri Lucas of Terificcreations shares her pressing and ironing techniques that truly make a difference in your sewing, quilting and embroidery projects.
It’s important, no necessary, to use the correct heat setting for the fabric.
Ironing is a back and forth motion useful for getting wrinkles and creases out of yardage.
Pressing is an up/down motion, perhaps leaving the iron on the cotton for a moment or two. This is useful for setting seams and pressing them in the direction we need them to go.
It’s often helpful to use a fine mist of distilled water laced with a couple tablespoons of cheap vodka, a product like Best Press or Flatter to help the cotton relax.
When pressing seams for quilt blocks press them so that 1) the seams will nest and 2) the most convenient direction. When the seams nest it reduces bulk and makes it easier later on to quilt.
Take your time piecing, press well and your seams will match up well. Our garments, tote bags, and quilts are worth taking that time to press well.