I’m working on my Quiltsy Team challenge quilt this week and I decided to do something different, use open seams. I started quilting in 1994 and all the books said press towards the dark. As most quilts were still being hand quilted then that really is good advice. It works perfectly for outline and “in the ditch” quilting. You are always quilting away from the bulky seams but with machine quilting that problem doesn’t exist. The other reason supposedly was the seams nestle better and results in precise piecing. Well I started sewing years ago and I mainly made garments so I always pressed my seams open. Don’t remember having issues with seams matching and they lay very flat.
Ok, so since so many new quilters (and most of them machine quilt) are choosing to press their seams open it was time I give it a try. I have to say I like the look and when you’re sewing lots of rows you don’t have to worry which rows are pressed to the left and which ones are pressed to the right. Simple, I like it!
I’m thinking open seams are the way to go! Do you press toward the dark or open?