I’m learning to love ironing
Stephanie Daga | Date posted: April 29th, 2011
In a perfect world, all fabrics would stay perfectly crisp and neat. No creases, no dog-eared collars, no unsightly lines across my thighs. I would move to this world in a minute. I would forever and happily without an iron in sight!
Unless I’m doing it to make my long hair sleek, I hate ironing. Save for anything that has been returned to my closet from the dry cleaners, I don’t think I have a single item of clothing hanging in my closet that is perfectly wrinkle-free because I took the time to iron it. I. Hate. Ironing.
Unfortunately, this hobby of mine … sewing … requires owning an iron and knowing how to wield it is an important and crucial step to any project. Lucky me.
Sewing, and its co-dependency on ironing, has allowed me to develop my patience for such a (horribly mean) skill set, but it hasn’t been without (several) errors along the way.
Here are some tips on making peace with your iron.
1. Check your heat setting. Know your fabric and know the proper heat setting on your iron to treat your fabric properly. Too hot can ruin a delicate fabric and not hot enough will get you nowhere with a durable thicker one.
2. Always press on the wrong side of your fabric. This especially rings true with textured, patterned, or painted/silk-screen fabric, where you can cause discolouration or burn the fabric all together.
3. Press your seam flat. While it will depend on the project you have chosen and the pattern you are using, you should always press your seams open or to one side when sewing across the seam. I prefer open since it lies flatter and is less bulky.
4. Let your fabric cool before moving on to the next area for pressing. Moving it too quickly and while hot can distort the shape of your fabric. Not fun while you are trying to match up seams and patterns.
5. Don’t press over pins or basting stitches. You can melt your pin into your fabric, which is not only ugly but can cause puckering. As for basting stitches, if you don’t remove those first, they can cause an impression on the fabric which can be really difficult to remove.
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