Is it better to press seams open or to the side?
Pressing quilt seams to the side is faster than pressing open and makes it easier to lock seams in place, sort of like a puzzle. It gives you that little added help in a clean seam intersection. This occurs because seams are pressed to opposite directions when sewing sections together.
Can you stitch in the ditch with open seams?
Just note that this style of stitch in the ditch won’t work for seams that have been pressed open. Only when your seams have been pressed to the side can you stitch in the literal ditch and still secure the quilt top to the batting and backing.
Should I stitch in the ditch before free motion quilting?
Stitching in the ditch between borders helps stabilize the fabric, maintaining straight lines and preventing distortion. If you choose to stitch the ditch, do it as the first step before adding any quilting design in the border or sashing.
Why you should press seams open?
PRESSING SEAMS OPEN
This helps distribute the fabric bulk evenly in a small area, eliminating lumps and making the seam easier to quilt through. Some quilters prefer to press all seams open for a smoother, flatter finished quilt top and to prevent fabrics from showing through in the seam allowances.
Which way do you press seams?
After sewing the seams, always press them with the right sides together to set the stitches into the fabric. (Remember to press, not iron.) This allows the stitches to meld together and holds the fabric better.
What stitch length should I use for machine quilting?
The average machine quilting stitch length chosen is between 10 and 11 stitches per inch. This length complements both delicate designs as well as bolder quilting motifs. However, your stitch length may need to change as you increase both your batting thickness as well as your thread thickness.
Can you Backstitch with a walking foot?
You can backstitch a zigzag stitch using a regular presser foot or even a walking foot.