If you are anything like me, when you have an idea for a project, you are excited to get started and can’t wait to see the finished product. I will admit that sometimes I am so eager to finish that I may skip a few small but important steps, and later regret that I did that. LOL. One step being, pressing your garment as you are working on it.
Even though it is not the most exciting step of the creation process, it is quite important to ensuring that the final product looks nice, neat, and has that professional finish.
I recently learned that pressing your garment blends and sets your stitches, helps reduces bulk in some areas, and also helps make sure that the garment lies flat or falls the way you want it to fall when you wear it.
I also did not know that “ironing” and “pressing” are two different actions! Simplicity.com states that “pressing” is when you move the iron across the fabric by lifting it up and putting it back down in an overlapping pattern; whereas, “ironing” is when you slide the iron across the fabric with a back-and-forth motion. Ironing may stretch or distort the fabric; pressing won’t.
Remember to press as you go, to ensure a well-made garment. I will definitely work hard to stick to these tips and look forward to seeing the difference it makes in my future projects!
For more information about pressing your garments, check out Simplicity.com.
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