September 29, 2006

I surf, I lurk, I read, I make notes, I learn

but - I don't know the answer to this question. Previously, by doing all of the above I learned the importance of using a press cloth. Here's my delima, I'm hoping someone has the answer - today (insert begging face here). I really want to make this skirt tonight, so I can work on the next one tomorrow. Anyway, this morning I wound a bobbin with some really dark brown thread, and sewed a sample seam on the faux suede. I then pressed the seam open, over my pressing ham, only to find that the seam allowance show on the right side. I then consulted Sandra Betzina's Fabric Savvy, but there was no information on what I was doing wrong. So, any suggestions on how I press the seams without having them show on the right side? My heartfelt thanks go out to all the Wonderful ladies on the internet who are knowledgable and willing to share that knowledge.


  1. You need to prevent the edges of your seam allowances from being pressed against the fabric.
    Rather than a ham use a dowel, about 1" diameter (if you can split it in half it's more stable).
    Or place a piece of paper between the seam allowances and the fabric.
    Use the tip of the iron rather than the full soleplate.
    All of these should help!

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  3. In addition to kathleen c's comments there is an item called a seam roll that you press over and because it is narrow and curve the fabric does not press through the other side.

    I have found using paper under the seams is best and I usually take like a file folder and cut wide strips from it. That thick folder paper is great for this.

  4. Gaylen ~ I am glad that you got answers to your question. Now I hope to be able to see the skirt soon!


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