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Not Just for Hair: Press With a Flat Iron

This video tip will show you how to quickly press ribbons, fabric strips, and even shirt plackets with a flat iron.

Threads #191, June/July 2017

“I loved the article “Embellishments: Textile links,” by Anna Mazur Threads #186, Aug./Sept. 2016. While working on my project, I didn’t feel like dragging out my ironing board to press the ribbon and fabric strips. Instead, I pulled out the straightening iron that I use on my hair. I tested the heat setting for compatibility with the ribbon and fabric. Then I gently pulled the ribbon and fabric strips between the iron’s plates. The ribbon was pressed from both sides with minimal effort.”  — Lisa deMontigny, South Bend, Washington

This reader-submitted tip was originally featured in Threads #191, June/July 2017.


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  1. gailete May 22nd

    I tried this the other day with about a yard of grosgrain ribbon and it worked great. I am also wondering if this will work as will with flatening self made binding.

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