One of the biggest reasons I like working with fibers such as silk, wool and linen is because I get to iron them. Crazy, no? I love ironing. It’s strange, I know, considering it’s the bane of many people’s very existence. It’s something that I’ve always loved. It’s very calming and stress relieving. My sister says the same thing about crochet. There is something very therapeutic about doing the same motion over and over again. Today I thought I would discuss how I press fabrics.
When I got back into the joy of sewing about 6 years ago, I would buy my fabric, pre-launder it and then press it by folding the fabric in half and pressing a crease down the center, you know, the way it comes on the bolt. After turning out a few garments, I noticed that when you press the fabric in this way, that pressing line down the middle of the fabric yardage never goes away. Not even after washing it. Not even after trying to press it out. This is especially noticeable on pattern pieces that are cut on the fold. Do you see where I’m going with this? Isn’t it weird how all these little things – pressing the fabric right, lining up seams, lining the buttons straight, etc., – end up making a big difference in the final product?
And if you are curious, I use a Black and Decker Classic. It’s a basic iron. I do hope someday to have a steamer, but this little workhorse of an iron actually does really well. Pretty good steam, gets quite hot and has an all metal plate, rather than those horrific teflon plates (that don’t get that hot and over time, the teflon flakes off, not to mention teflon is seriously bad for your health!!!).
Any more ideas? How do you press your fabrics? Here’s my wish for your sewing day: May your iron always have steam….