I have always wondered about this:
Do you press your backings and tops before sending them to your machine quilters?
Do those machine quilters out there prefer to have their backings and tops pressed before being sent? Or do you press them after they arrive anyway?
Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
Pressing question--ha ha! I expected you to be asking something urgent--or pressing. : )ReplyDelete
I know my long arm quilter appreciates things being delivered "already pressed". Don't know about anyone else.
I definitely press mine! If the longarmer doesn't want me to, I'd love to know that. I hate pressing!ReplyDelete
I always press mine, but feel like by the time they get them, they probably need pressed again!ReplyDelete
Yes I press before sending. I'm on my second long arm gal because I moved and both of them had instructions that said they require pressing before. Fold lines they could take care of but overall pressing is the customers duty.
My girlfriend is a longarm quilter and she will not press,ReplyDelete
How your quilt arrives is how it will get quilted in most cases.
You know how much pressing improves the look of your quilt top even before
it gets quilted so just bite the bullet and PRESS.
Happy Sewing ( and ironing)
I too say PRESS, PRESS, PRESS. I feel that if you take the time and patience to send your quilter a very nice pressed top and backing, she will see the effort and pride you have put into your quilt. Then she will use the same level of professionalism to machine quilt your piece that you have no doubt spent a lot of time and effort finishing. So there you have it my little California quilter...vbgReplyDelete
You need to ask the quilter. Mine told me not to bother because she'd just have to iron it again before putting it on the frame. Sitting there folded up waiting it's turn, it will get wrinkled. I'm sure she factors the ironing time into the amount she charges.ReplyDelete
Barbara in MD
Funny you ask because I have just asked the same question to a longarm quilter. I've always hand quilted my quilts but this time I wanted to try a professional quilter so I asked her what is expected of me. She said press top and backing please, and hang it on a clothes hanger. It's only fair, you know, I sure wouldn't want to be stuck with pressing everybody's quilts ... it's enough of a chore just to do mine thank you very much LOL. Sorry to say but "Hit the iron, Randy and press." ;^)ReplyDelete
I press too and hang on a hanger, but my LA quilter is close. Not sure about if you have to mail them. I guess if you press first it will be easier for the quilter when he/she gets it.ReplyDelete
YES to the press. I'm a longarm quilter and do not press out a whole top. Packing creases, ok, As for the back, if there are seams, they should be 1/2" min. and pressed OPEN. Even better if you give them a spritz of spray starch of sorts. Pieced borders should have a 1/8" stay stitch to prevent seams from popping open when the top is loaded on the frame.ReplyDelete
I always press top & backing before I take to my LA'er...less for her to do...ReplyDelete
I always press as I go anyway, but the LAQ does ask that the back and top are pressed and carefully folded so as not to crumple on the trip over to the shop. Besides, I like a nice clean press for the before and after pictures. As impressive as any top is when it's done, the quilted tops are something else, and I'm happy to keep the LAQer happy!ReplyDelete
I set my seams on each block and press so that parts "nest" as I assemble the blocks. I do press the entire quilt using Best Press (love that stuff!) and hang on a hanger as I deliver them to my LA ... each LA has different "rules" but on the safe side I would suggest you press. Sorry ;-( LindaReplyDelete
The place where I get my quilts quilted ask that the backs be pressed. That said, after you fold to get them to the quilter, they are a bit wrinkled but not too bad. They also ask that you get all loose threads cut off. The top gets pressed as I put it together and a once over when it is all finished.ReplyDelete