Steam Iron, pressing
As you know, pressing is the thing that most identifies your creations as amateur or sewist. In an effort to actually eliminate some frustration regarding that I have found it so much better to use a small steam iron (travel size) when pressing small areas. For instance, neckline, amrscye, darts, plackets, sleeve hems, you get the picture.
So many times, using the large iron creates unnecessary crease in other areas that are hard to eliminate. Try it next time see if you agree.
Delray Beach, Fl.
I have tried using a small iron for small areas and found it just doesn't deliver the steam that I expect and need. Instead, I use my large gravity feed iron (Sapporo 570) and a sleeve board to isolate the small areas. That way I can get the steam I want and use a clapper to flatten the seams.
CGin is correct. You need steam. I use my gravity feed (Naomoto) for all of my pressing. For small areas try using a sleeve roll. Use the end, which is fairly small and it is round. Use steam--you don't have to actually press. Hold your steam iron above, but close to the area, hit the steam, and then you can finger or hand press. By that I mean using your fingers or your hand to get the results. I do this all the time. Let the garment cool before removing form the sleeve roll--only takes a minute. You can also use a pressing mitt, depending on the size of the area. Again, use steam. Put the mitt on one hand, and manipulate the iron with the other. If you're afraid of burning your hand, put on a glove prior to putting on the mitt. I don't do this often; I use the sleeve roll as my first solution.
Hi, Rosanne and thank you for the tips! What do you think about a steamer instead like this one - https://houseandbeyond.org/best-clothes-steamer/#product4 Are they interchangeable for these purposes?
I'm not sure about a steamer because it doesn't come in contact with the fabric like a soleplate of the iron. It is probably good for preshrinking and just getting the wrinkles out before cutting the pattern out on your fabric.
Thanks for the comment.
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I use the steam irons that look nothing like typical irons. What I like about them is that they are quite powerful and iron with pressure, especially the most hard-to-reach places. You can see what I mean in the attachment (I consciously don't provide you with the link, cos don't want to advertise, just a friendly piece of advice).