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Pressing Tools

susanna | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I’ve been making some simple walker bags from my stash of scrap cottons. The straps are constructed as tubes, which I then turn inside- out and press. This part drives me nuts. I can never seem to get the edge seams as flat to-the-seam as I’d like. I’ve used chopsticks and knitting needles to push along the seam, but there must be something out there that works better. I’m thinking that a flat metal ruler might work? 

Anyone have any ideas for this? And while I’m at it, what are your favorite pressing and ironing tricks and tools?

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  1. Pattiann42 | | #1

    Pressing Tools

    I have folded so the seams are in the center of the "tube" then pressed to one side.  A clapper can also help a lot.

    For corners, I fold the side or bottom seams in and then sew the remaining sides, crossing the folds.  I learned this several years ago watching "Sewing with Nancy".  This video may not be up for ever and the sewing machine is a bit noisey - http://hazelnutgirl.blogspot.com/2011/03/sewing-perfect-corners.html

    I have also not sewn seams.  Instead, I place the fabric wrong side in and then serge with wooly nylon serger thread.

    1. susanna | | #2

      re pressing tools

      Thanks for that video! That technique works like a charm 

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