What do you think if I tell you that we can advance more ironing than sewing? Despite the bad reputation of our steamy friend, the use of the iron during the whole sewing process (not only quickly and running at the end) can mark a before and after in the quality of our work.
For this reason, in today’s post, we are going to see some simple but effective techniques and tools that cannot be missed in the study of a formal seamstress.
Iron the seams
Even if we have the right needle, the optimal thread, and the correct machine tension, the stitching always kicks the seam a little.
In order not to accumulate tension throughout the construction of the garment, and to be able to place collars, pockets, or polishes (for example) in perfect condition, we will pass the iron over the seam, setting the stitching and leaving a flat and balanced seam.
We will always do it, whether it is a seam that will go with the margins open or overcast together.
In the event that the seam coincides with an edge, such as the edge of a neck or a view, a trick to make the loop on the right side clean and without frit is to open the seam allowances first.
In this way, the fabric is very flat and when we return we will have a smooth and ironed edge.
Many are the fabrics that require a cloth to protect them from the high temperatures of the iron. We want to avoid shine, shrinkage, and burns at all costs in a garment almost finished! A good idea is to do the fabric test before starting the project, and another very good idea is to invest in a silk organza ironing cloth.
More than one will throw their hands to the head when thinking of using such a delicacy of ironing! But if they use it in the most exquisite ateliers and fashion houses, it will be for a reason! And that something is its transparency and its resistance to high temperatures.
As you know, one of the most common problems when ironing with a normal cloth is that we do not see what is underneath, and of course, the effectiveness of our ironing is reduced by half, in addition to running the risk of creating new wrinkles and folds . We can put the iron to hellish temperatures, that silk holds like a champion. Simply, a must have !
Padding with padding
At the beginning of curved seams, shaped clips, sleeves and collars, this pair of pads is very useful.
They are filled with sawdust and covered on one side with cotton twill and on the other with a fabric that is a mixture of wool and acrylic. Depending on the genre we are ironing, we will use one side or the other of the pad. You can also stick pins, which is very useful to help us in certain parts or shapes.
Let’s see the different uses of this endearing couple!
The half cheese pad is used to iron darts and curved parts, such as necks and shoulders, as well as to iron the sleeve cups.
We will move the pad until we find the curved shape that best suits the shape of our seam.
The roller pad is used to iron open seams on fabrics that may wrinkle, as the iron only touches the seam above the roller. It is also very useful to open seams in sleeves or other tubular shapes.
Ironing straight hems
Ironing straight hems with small distances like 0.5 cm or 1 cm is one of those things that we can do several times in the same garment. We are going to look at two quick and effective ways to do this, avoiding having to chalk lines or signs and saving extra time to invest in more exuberant parts of the project.
The first technique is to make stitching with the sewing machine at the desired distance. It is a way to perfectly mark the distance and an aid when pre-folding to pass the iron.
The stitching will be hidden while we will rid our cute little fingers of an overexposure to the heat.
And if we want to get to the point, here I bring you this handmade tool located among the favorite tricks of all time.
In a cardboard we will mark with lines from the edge the distances that we usually use when folding the fabric. With this wonderful guide, which we can use and use as many times as we want, we can iron directly at the desired distance. You can not ask for more!
With all these ironing tips-tricks I am sure that you will be encouraged to iron more, and when you are reaching the end of the garment, you will realize that there is almost no need to iron it!
I hope your comments!