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pleat stick

melanie | Posted in General Discussion on

I am hoping someone can tell me how to use a “pleat stick”. I’ve had two on a card for ages and never got around to figuring out the use of one properly. The only instructions on the card are puzzling if not utterly useless – “Apply a thin film on the inside of the clothing. Steam-iron or press the outside!” – now that’s a great help. There are also phrases like “moisture resistant”, and “rain resistant” – where on earth am I supposed to be going in my pleated skirt? I don’t ever remember having trouble setting good pleats, so what advantage would it be to use one of these and what difference would I notice?  Is it perhaps especially useful for certain fabrics? I have visions of pleats quite rigid and unbending but I’m sure that’s not what’s intended. Each stick is about the size of a crayon, the material rather like beeswax. Advice would be much appreciated.  <!—-> <!—->


  1. olivia | | #1

    Hello, I have just noted your posting regarding pleat sticks.  I would certainly recommend there use on all types of fabric.  They give a very sharp durable crease in any fabric and isnt in the slightest bit stiff.  Try it on a scrap of fabric I'm sure you will like it.  If I can offer any further info please contact me

    1. melanie | | #4

      Thank you for replying to my query - may I take you up on the offer to help further? Just a small detail -  am I right in thinking from what you say that I should just draw a thin line along the pleat fold line? glad to know that it's going to make my pleats that bit sharper - thanks again.

      1. olivia | | #5

        Hi Neans,

        Thats right, just run the pleat stick along the pleat fold and press in the normal way,  I'm sure you will be pleased with the results. 

        Another suggestion for sharp creases would be to use a Rajah pressing cloth. This cloth has Sullivans on the packet website address http://www.sullivans.net/usa  I have had good results with this cloth particularly on hard to pleat fabrics.




  2. FrancesC | | #2

    I have never heard of a pleat stick (but I'm not that up-to-date) but I had immediate visions of something like a yardstick. But after reading and re-reading your posting, I gather this is something like a glue stick which holds the fabric together while you make a pleat. And if you run it along the pleating line and pressed it, it would hold the pleat in place despite dampness and even rain. That sounds neat!

    Anyway, would that be a fair description? If it isn't, then tell me more, please, because this sounds very intriguing.

    I do not like narrow skirts but they get very fashionable from time to time and I have sometimes been able to solve the problem by making pleats for the width but which otherwise lie flat. Something that held pleats in place would be very useful.


    1. olivia | | #3


      Pleat sticks dont hold the pleats in place in the way you have described.  It just ensures that you get a very sharp crease in the pleat.

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