A Jaycotts.co.uk blog post all about pressing
What do you imagine the number one rule of sewing to be? Would you be surprised to learn that THE top rule for any sewing project is to press as you go. That's every seam, every time.
You would be amazed at the difference it makes to your finished garment, it makes all your garments look Handmade (Bespoke) not the dreaded " homemade"
And what is the number one rule in pressing? Its simple, don't rush.
Notice too that I used the word pressing not ironing.When you are ironing your iron is moving back and forth over the fabric constantly, with pressing the iron is set down and then lifted up before moving to the next spot.
Every time you sit down to sew get your pressing equipment set up before you start sewing so that it is easily available. If you leave pressing until after you have finished sewing you will not produce a quality look to your garment.
So, let's discuss which products you need, and I do mean need. The basics are
- A good quality heavy steam iron
- An ironing board with a padded cover. Avoid the teflon coated covers as they reflect heat into the back of fabrics and can cause shine and problems with interfacings
- A pressing cloth
- A Tailors ham and/or sleeve roll
- A sleeve board