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Heat Settings on an Iron for Different Fabrics

Always test the heat setting of your iron on your fabric BEFORE you press your project.

Most irons today have written right on them the type of fabric and what the heat setting should be. ALWAYS TEST a scrap piece of fabric BEFORE you press your garment or project pieces. You can set your iron to a lower temp if you are feel the heat is too hot for your fabric. Here are some suggestions on heat settings for different fabrics.

Cotton - This is probably the easiest fabric to press and usually has no problems.  You can use a dry iron or steam.  Cotton fabrics usually use a hot/high temperature.  Be careful with cotton blends, which are cotton fabric blended with another type of fabric. Most times you will have to use a lower temp for blends.

Fabrics with a Nap - You must be careful pressing fabrics with a nap.  Press on the wrong side (or ugly side) when ever possible.  If you must press on the right side (or pretty side) use a piece of the same fabric with the nap. Have the nap sides together while pressing. This will help keep the "nap" on your project. When I work with napped fabric I make my self a 10"x10" pressing cloth from the scraps of my napped fabric.

Silks - Silk fabric should always be pressed with a dry iron, do not use steam.

Wool - Use plenty of steam when sewing with wool. Wool is easily shaped when using steam.  You can also use a damp cloth to press over the wool.

Linen - Most linen fabric today has a nice shine to it.  You will want to press on the wrong side so that the "shine" does not go away.

Blended Fabric - (fabrics with 2 or more different kinds of fibers) Always use the iron setting for the fiber which has the lowest temperature.





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