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    Pounding seams flat with a rubber mallet

    I always find it fun to watch someone else pounding seams flat with a rubber mallet. In this video Jamie Wallen gives important tips on what to do while pounding those seems flat to get the best results without damaging the quilt.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=-ohxNL6AdcU
    Stash Treasure Acquisitions Beyond Life Expectancy. My stash keeps me STABLE, oh yeah.... and dark chocolate.

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    Re: Pounding seams flat with a rubber mallet

    Huh!! I never saw anybody do this to a quilt before! Maybe this is mainly for long arming? I only quilt by hand and so far have never had to physically attack any of my quilts but there could be a first time for everything LOL

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      Re: Pounding seams flat with a rubber mallet

      That's a good tip. I love how he thinks of vacuuming the floor as an after thought.
      Katrina


      “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
      ― Maya Angelou

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        Re: Pounding seams flat with a rubber mallet

        I've never heard of pounding a seam. At times I have a lot of seams that are thick and need something. Do any of you use this method?

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          Re: Pounding seams flat with a rubber mallet

          Originally posted by TMP View Post
          I've never heard of pounding a seam. At times I have a lot of seams that are thick and need something. Do any of you use this method?
          I have pounded seams flat with a rubber mallet only four times. I only do it when I have more than 8 thicknesses of fabric, like at the center of a star intersection. It scares me to pound on my quilt top with a rubber mallet.

          I did not know you were supposed to spray it with starch first. Makes sense though.

          It definitely made a much flatter seam.
          Stash Treasure Acquisitions Beyond Life Expectancy. My stash keeps me STABLE, oh yeah.... and dark chocolate.

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            Re: Pounding seams flat with a rubber mallet

            Originally posted by jjkaiser View Post
            Huh!! I never saw anybody do this to a quilt before! Maybe this is mainly for long arming? I only quilt by hand and so far have never had to physically attack any of my quilts but there could be a first time for everything LOL
            I'm with you on this.
            Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!

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              #7
              Re: Pounding seams flat with a rubber mallet

              Yikes. Never heard of this. I wonder if the M *people curse all I don’t know.

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                #8
                Re: Pounding seams flat with a rubber mallet

                Using a hammer on seam intersections is nothing new. I don't know if it originated in garment construction or not, but I use it on bulky seams. Underarm seam joints, pants crotch joints, and hem to inner leg seams, especially in denim fabrics. Occasionally I use it in quilt construction where a seam intersection refuses to flatten out. I open all seams so it isn't often, but there are some that just refuse to cooperate.

                I differ from Jamie Wallen's recommendation on the rubber mallet thing. The head is simply too big to accurately direct the "hit." I use a small upholstery tack hammer (not the magnetic end.) It's shape is perfectly crowned. I see the rubber hammer potentially doing more harm than a good metal hammer. Another great hammer would be a small bumping hammer used in auto body repair, or a small hard plastic hammer. Anything but a big rubber mallet.

                I recall a tip I read somewhere. I found it in a Nancy Zieman book of sewing tips from the '90s. I'm sure it's been used way before that.
                You gots to risk it to gets the biscuit-

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