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leather creases

princess | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

i’ve recently bought a bag of ex-Akira butter-soft leather offcuts.  trouble is that because they’ve been in the bag a while they’re a bit creased.  anyone know how i can get them flat and smoothed out again?  thanks, d.

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  1. KathleenFasanella | | #1

    I don't think you're going to like this (based on past experience) but press them. Iron them. How do you think it's done in the sewn products industry? We iron the stuff.

    Now, a teflon shoe for your iron is most helpful but you probably don't have an iron that would take a shoe since those are only available on industrial models. Instead, use either tissue paper or some other thin paper to keep the skin from sticking to the iron. I know you're worried about temperature of the iron but I don't know your iron settings. Don't use your highest setting but certainly hot enough to blow steam. Yeah, you can steam leather. I do it all the time and have been for years. If you're concerned that I'm just blowing steam ;) you can see a jacket on my website that's had all of the leather fused with interfacing. Scroll down about halfway through the post. You can see all of the guts of the jacket. I'll be doing a tutorial on bagging a jacket with this particular style.
    http://www.fashion-incubator.com/mt/archives/style_22692_bundling_bagging.html#more

    ps. I'm an industrial patternmaker with 23+ years experience. I still make patterns btw. My specialty is leather coats so I'd know how these are really made :)

    1. princess | | #2

      wow, what a fabulous reply, not only informative but entertaining as well.  i'll give the pressing a go and will certainly be having a look at your work a little later today.

      thanks, best wishes, diane

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