|Iron - A
regular ordinary iron with a lot of choices for temperature settings is good
for general pressing. A steam iron is good for light weight fabrics.
Ironing Board - Your
ironing board should be well padded with a top cover that can be removed for
washing or replacing.
Pressing Cushion - This
is a must for any one sewing clothing. It is useful for pressing
armhole seams and curved joints.
here for directions for making a Pressing Cushion.
Pressing Clothes - It
is best to have 2 pressing clothes. One for damp pressing which can be
about 20". X 34" and a smaller one for dry pressing. You would use
these so that the iron will not be directly on your fabric and possibly
leave a mark.
Sleeve Board - This is
basically a small ironing board that is padded and covered. It is used
for small areas that need to be pressed like darts, shoulder seams, etc...
Wooden Clapper - This
is a thick smooth piece of wood about 12" long X 1"-2" thick. It is
used to "beat" the steam into wool fabrics.
Dress Maker's Ham -
This is used for pressing curved areas. It is hard and thick and
produces nice results for pressing. Every dress maker should have one.