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Pressing and there a difference?

Is there a difference between pressing and ironing?


Is pressing the same as ironing?  Not really. Ironing is the action of moving back and forth.  This is what you would normally see in movies and television shows back in the 1950ís, a mother in a dress standing behind the ironing board ironing with a back and forth type of motion. Ironing is also what most of us do at home when we have wrinkles in our clothes after we buy them or after we wash them.

 Pressing is a lifting and setting motion.  It is used to flatten an area that has been stitch, like seams, darts, pleats, and hems.  This is what you would see if you were watching TV shows like ďProject RUNWAYĒ. Most dress makers and fashion designers press as they sew. Pressing, is a light touch of the iron.  Lay the iron on the seam, press gently, and then lift up the iron.  Sometimes a sliding motion can be used, but a combination of the heat setting, steam, and a little bit of pressure will get the job done.

 Helpful Pressing Hints:

-PRESS AS YOU SEW! (I canít stress this enough) If you follow this rule, your project or garment will turn out looking more professional and will only need brief freshen up ironing when it is done!

-ALWAYS test your ironing on a scrap piece of fabric to make sure your fabric is not changed in any way by the ironing.  If it is, adjust the heat setting.

-If your garment requires darts, or pleats, or princess seams, sew them all and then press them all to save some time. Vertical darts are normally pressed toward the center. Larger darts and princess seam darts can be slit down the center and pressed open.

-Always press your hems BEFORE you sew them.

-Press on the wrong or ugly side when ever possible.

-Use the tip of the iron for small snug places that are hard to reach.

-Use a pressing cushion or tailorís ham when possible to help flatten seam and curved edges better.





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