Generally, quilters are in one team or the other when it comes to pressing their seams. Sometimes both. But it’s usually one out of the two - Team To the Dark Side or Team Open.
I consider myself as Team Open as you can see in the example above. However there is no wrong or right way when it comes to pressing. My philosophy is, you do you and as long as you keep it consistent throughout a project, you’re good.
If you’re unsure of which team you’re on, or you need a refresher on pressing preferences, here are some of the pros and cons for pressing to the dark side and open. But before we jump into those, let's go back to the basics:
- Pressing seams open is to separate the seams and lay them flat in opposite directions on the wrong side of the quilt block.
- Pressing to the dark side is when both seams are shifted toward the darker fabric on the wrong side of the quilt block.
Now let's get on to the pros and cons:
|Pressing to the dark|