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Pressing Tools


Set up your ironing board close to your sewing machine!

As soon as you begin to sew whether you make crafts, clothing, or quilting, you will need an iron and an ironing board.

Below is a list of pressing tools and their functions. If you are interested in sewing clothing, garments, or fashion & costume design you should take a look at them and make the pressing cushion. (free directions on making a pressing cushion is provided)

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. 

 Click 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.



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