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Does anyone have any examples they can show?
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Date: 5/11/12 12:02 PM

I'm getting ready to sew my first real garment - a dress for my niece, so I'm brushing up on some of the dos and don'ts.

From what I understand, pressing as you go seems to be very important to get the project to look right - who knew half of sewing was ironing! I have a lot to learn. I'm having a hard time visualising what the difference between pressed and unpressed, so I'm wondering if anyone might be willing to share pictures to show the difference. Obviously, I don't want to have people critique other people's work, but maybe some people might have some images of their own that would show the difference... I'm just not sure my eye is trained enough yet to spot the differences in my own work.

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Date: 5/11/12 12:30 PM

I don't have any unpressed garments because it's THAT important that you press as you go!

The first thing pressing does is "seal" the seams. After you've sewn a seam, you should press it the same way you sewed it to sort of "seal" the fabric & thread together. Then press it open or to the side, whatever your instructions call for.
Pressing also gives you crisp finishes, helps with fit (i.e. steaming an unwashed fabric) and gives your garment a more professional, "done" look.

I'd be surprised if someone has an unpressed look to compare.

Keep pressing and enjoy your handiwork!

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Date: 5/11/12 12:44 PM

Ann of Gorgeous Fabrics has this on her blog. Hope this helps.

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Date: 5/11/12 4:40 PM

Yes! This is exactly what I needed to see! It's a brilliant article: I love that she shows difference it makes to press each side. I read an article recently on a well established sewing blog and in the comments it seems that a lot of the readers only pressed open. It's so good to see the difference it makes, step by step. This is a must read article for beginners!

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Date: 5/11/12 4:41 PM

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I don't have any unpressed garments because it's THAT important that you press as you go!




I thought that this might be the case... everyone here is so knowledgeable!
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Date: 5/11/12 5:27 PM

I didn't start pressing the seams "as sewn" until I read that Threads article. I was only pressing the seams open. It does take an extra minute, but the difference is well worth it!

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Date: 5/11/12 10:25 PM

That's a great little read... I'm glad there is something out there that shows the difference pressing makes!! Thanks for sharing!

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Date: 5/11/12 11:47 PM

Here's a simple way to see the difference;

Sew a seam.

Feel the stitching with your fingers.

Now press the seam (flat as sewn).

Now feel the stitches.

HUGE difference, huh. Pressing melds the stitching into the fabric.

Next, open up the fabric as if the seam you sewed was a seam for your dress. Look at the right side (good side) of the fabric. Notice how the seam is clearly visible, how the fabric dips to create a "valley"?

Press the seam open.

Look at the front of the fabric now...the seamline is smooth and even, no "valley" created.

And you're right; pressing is 50% of sewing. At least.

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Date: 5/12/12 3:10 AM

it's often the only time a garment will get near an iron in my house - I hang my clothes out and smooth them down very carefully - that initial pressing has a very long lasting effect if you're careful afterwards.

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Date: 5/12/12 5:10 AM

Pressing is the only time most of my clothes come near an iron, too! I am making a dress this weekend and took extra time to press the seams carefully because of this thread. I felt too guilty to slack off on it

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