Friday, 31 October 2014

How to pop your seams - a video tutorial

When I first learned to quilt, I made a nine patch quilt.  My mum taught me how to nest the seams in my nine patches, so the points of the squares met nicely, and the block could be pressed really flat.  


I don't have a black and white view on seam pressing - I think pressing seams to the side and pressing seams open are both totally legitimate techniques, and there are times where one is preferable over the other.

This is obviously not a technique I invented, but it's something I find really useful, and I wanted to share the method with you.  I also wanted to suggest that people use it in my patterns, but it's quite hard to explain in writing.  So, I made a video!



As usual, all the filming and editing for this video was done by my sister.  Thanks Jenny!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video!  I'd love to know whether this is a technique you were already familiar with, or whether it's new to you.

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18 comments:

Flying Blind... said...

Thank you - Susan always sends me Bee blocks like this and have never worked out how (too lazy), so you have solved the mystery x

Veronika said...

Love this- I am new to quilting so of course I didn't know this! I was trying to find a post about your year 30 quilt I am enamored with on Instagram... Do you have one yet?

Juliet @ Tartankiwi said...

I saw another video on this ages ago and they made it look super super complicated, but its not is it?! I need to get my act together and start doing this. Thanks for showing me how simple it really is!

mc said...

Thank you. No I did not know about this but will definitely use this in the future

Jackie Thompson said...

Very helpful video! I am a new to quilting , and this definitely helps!

Leeanne said...

Great tutorial. I have seen this done, you make it look very simple. I guess this would reduce bulk for ditch stitching.

LethargicLass said...

I have been wanting to know how to do this for awhile now... much easier than I was led to believe LOL! Thank you!

craftykat said...

Awesome trick - I had not seen that before! Must try it out now!

mac said...

Very helpful. I have read about popping seams but it is much easier to understand after seeing it. Love the scene stealer at the end.

Lara said...

Fab video Adrianne! I've never heard of of it! Looking forward to trying that technique!! Thank you.

Hettie's Mum said...

Thanks Adrianne. This is a neat trick. Roll on flat seams! You are great at presenting this video! You would make a great Craftsy instructor!

barbara woods said...

Thanks , i have been thinking about sewing my scraps into a quilt like that.

Deb said...

I've never done this before. Must give it a try! Cool video...you are getting good at these now ;)

Teje Karjalainen said...

That is a wonderful video! Cute Extra to have your cat at the end!

Camilla said...

Great video! I like to nest my seams but have never tried th last step of undoing the stitches to interweave the seams. Nice to hear a kiwi accent on a quilting video tutorial too! ;-)

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Oh thank you! I'm going to use that tip ... lovely to see Ralph make a cameo appearance too :)

Laura Links said...

Thank you! Your video is very clear and I'm definitely going to pop my seams next time...

Karen Thurn said...

Thank you. That was helpful. I'd never seen that before and can't wait to try it out. Doing some sewing on a quilt this afternoon.