As you saw in my May 27th entry, I have been making a bird-themed table runner. I am now to the point of assembly and I wanted to share with you how I get such precise seams using some pressing aids used in garment sewing. Since the blocks are embroidered and quilted before assembly, the seams can get a bit bulky when joined together. To minimize this, I use a Point Presser.
This is a wooden tool that allows me to drape the block over the Point Presser so I leave no imprint of the seam on the right side of the block.
Because the point presser is wooden, the surface is much harder than pressing the seam on the ironing board, so the seam is extremely flat. After pressing the seam on the Point Presser, I press again, this time on the ironing board and with only enough pressure to steam it well. I then use the Clapper to press down on the seam.
The Clapper is also made of wood (for me the two tools are one) and is used to absorb the steam from the material leaving the fabric very flat. Once my seams are flat, matching the points where the blocks join together is much easier.
If the seam I have to press is longer, I use my Seam Stick, which is also made
It produces a very crisp seam and also doesn’t allow an impression of the seam to show through the right side of the project.
Once all the blocks were joined together, I added the border, which has no batting attached.
Now all I have left to do is add one whole piece of batting to the backing, stitch in the ditch, embroider the quilting around the border, add the binding and I’m finished. I hope you give these pressing ideas a try.