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Fabienne301
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Date: 11/30/08 7:39 AM

I am making a suit out of a polyester satin and would really like to heat up the iron and get the seams ironed down flat. I am scared though. I don't want to burn the material or scorch it. I was thinking about chickening out entirely and taking it to the dry cleaner's and have them do it (this might be the best answer of all). I have a Rowenta iron which is one of the good ones they made, but it has "wet" fabrics when I used the steam on it. So, do you have a better alternative than "go to the dry cleaners"? I'd love to hear it if you do.

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Date: 11/30/08 7:47 AM

I made a set of pillow shams from poly satin once and surprisingly it wasn't bad to iron. Use a light weight press cloth and firm pressure and test your heat settings on some scraps.
Embroidering on the stuff is a whole different matter

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Date: 11/30/08 10:05 AM

Some polyesters and poly blends respond well to what I call feather pressing which is inserting a bit of steam and just barely touching the fabric with the iron soleplate to heat the area a bit. Sometimes that is all I need since the fabric sort of relaxes and lies down where I want it to be. Other times I use my hands to shape the area before it gets dry or cold again.

How frustrating that the Rowenta wets the fabric! What is the point of having an iron if it is going to mess up your project is my feeling about drippy uncooperative irons. Maybe you can put a gravity feed on your wishlist, they are wonderful and steam only where and when you want them to.

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Date: 11/30/08 12:42 PM

Here's what I would do: TEST, using some scraps and sew up an identical seam for testing. I would cut identical size squares, like 4" or 6" and sew them together and measure the finished rectangle if you are worried about shrinkage. If you have fusible interfacing in some of the project seams, include that on a separate test scrap.

Next, I would press the seam flat, and then press it open. I use a small stencil brush but anything similar would work for a "dauber" and carefully daub a vinegar/water mixture into the ditch of the open seam, and lightly press the ditch with the tip of my iron. Check the seam to see if the finished pressing has the look you're after, and if the test piece has shrunk at all. Polyester will shrink. I've seen it happen occasionally, right under my iron.

Check for scorching on your test seams. It may show if you need a press cloth.

This isn't rocket science or brain surgery, but you get the idea. This is how I press all my wool garments during construction, and often linen as well. By using the brush/dauber, the steam & moisture go exactly where I want it. I have a fairly high success rate with this method, even with 100% poly matte jersey as well as 100% poly faux suede-from-WallyWorld.

Let us know what works for you.
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Date: 11/30/08 12:48 PM

I've sewed on light weight and heavy weight poly satin and not had a problem with it at all. Tested scraps and just went for it. I've recently been a little bit more cautious and turned off the steam when I wasn't sure if the temp was high enough to keep my iron from dripping. Then I just used the spray bottle to dampen and again, it worked fine. Good luck!

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Date: 12/2/08 1:38 PM

I purchased an Iron Shield at a quilt and sewing expo some years back from Kathy Ruddy's booth and I have found it to be a wonderful tool when ironing polyester sheers, satins, etc. it has holes in it to allow steam through. I googled it and it came up on EBay for $5.99. It is well worth the price.

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Date: 12/2/08 7:50 PM

A tip I got years ago from a professional dressmaker was to use a scrap of the same satin as the press cloth when pressing your garment: use right side to right side. Works great on the poly satins as well as the silk satins I have tried it on. But please, do test first. . . and always.

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Date: 12/2/08 9:22 PM

I recently made a dress in a poly satin and had no trouble pressing at all. On the right side I used some silk organza as a pressing mat. I like the idea of using self fabric someone else mentioned. But don't wait until you have finished the outfit before getting it pressed at the dry cleaners (is that what you meant?) as they will not be able to get to all the nooks and crannies that you can as you go.

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Date: 12/2/08 10:16 PM

Clever you! Who would have thought to use a stencil brush as a dauber? Love it! Thanks for mentioning this.

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