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Date: 12/11/11 12:37 PM



I accidentally hemmed a pair of RTW pants too short. I've let out the hem, but you can still see the iron mark from my 1st hem. I'm tried ironing, washing, steaming and clapping and the mark is still there. Any ideas? The fabric is 97% cotton, 3% spandex.

I tried searching the boards, but nothing is coming up for me. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
-Marcia

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Date: 12/11/11 12:53 PM

You might try some vinegar. Soak a press cloth in 50/50 water/vinegar, wring out most of the liquid and press over the crease mark. This works to press in a crease in pants, I have had success pressing out a crease as well.
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Date: 12/11/11 1:40 PM

I've done the same thing! If these are casual pants, what's worked for me is to top stitch over the iron line with thread that matches the fabric. It's worked for me. Good luck!

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Date: 12/11/11 4:22 PM

Plumm, could you elaborate on why you do that? I would think a line of random topstitching might look just as weird as an iron mark, but I'm probably missing something.

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Date: 12/11/11 9:52 PM

Stiratersblue,

I think that Plumm's suggestion would work if it looked like the stitching line of the hem (ie, you had a wider than normal hem allowance). Unfortunately, my pants look best with a blind hem.

ChristinePDX, I tried the vinegar/water, and I think it helped some, but it's still there. I may try soaking them in vinegar at this point :)

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Date: 12/11/11 10:13 PM

mlt,

Would you be soaking just the hem are in vinegar, or the entire garment? The results could be uneven. Did you possibly save a scrap of fabric from when you hemmed the pants/

Have you tried the usual, like inserting a plump rolled towel in the bottom of the pant leg and shooting steam at it? Next step, keep the rolled towel in and lay a pressing cloth on top and then steam press?

Here is something suggesting the usual vinegar along with something I haven't tried before.

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Try spraying the crease with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water and then pressing. If the garment has been worn, use spray starch to add some body to the worn fibers along the edge. It will also dry slightly shiny and help detract from the original fold line.

A recent reader tip suggested mixing a small amount of hair conditioner with twice as much water and carefully applying this mixture to the crease. Then use a hot, dry iron to press out the crease.
Whatever method you use, be sure to test it in an inconspicuous area first.


The interesting twist is I had a friend in high school who used fabric softener on her totally unruly hair. So, if the hair conditioner didn't work as suggested, I suppose one could try fabric softener. I'd still test anything and everything. And, I'd still use the inserted towel.

Towel..............In the first trial to get the towel fibers up and near the crease. If the crease is already very resistant on a totally flat surface, it may help to change your pressing surface and it may help to prevent you from pressing in a new problem like the marking of an iron tip.

Towel...............In the second trial with added conditioners or other stuff. It would be beneficial to have the excess pulled away from the fabric as well as to discourage fabric damage.

If you don't have your hemming scraps, do you have a similar fabric in your stash that you could first crease and then use to experiment with the different treatments?
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Another suggestion from wiki: (I have not tried this.)
1. Make the solution. Combine 1 cup of hot water with 1/2 teaspoon borax and 1 teaspoon of vinegar.
2. Dip a clean cloth into the solution to completely wet it. Wring the cloth.
3. Place the garment wrong side out on the ironing board. Lay the damp cloth over the hem mark on the ironing board.
4. Press the cloth and the garment underneath. Repeat on all parts of the garment where the hem mark continues to show.
5. Leave to dry. Brush it with a clothes brush. The hem mark should be removed.
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Date: 12/11/11 10:47 PM

I always use a Rajah cloth it works better then any other method I have tried. Here is a link to one


http://www.createforless.com/Sullivans+Rajah+Pressing+Cloth+White/pid115319.aspx

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Date: 12/12/11 0:11 AM

Thanks, Koo104, I hadn't heard of the Rajah cloth. Looks like a great thing to have in the sewing room. I'm going to give it a try for setting creases and perhaps the very upper part of trouser pleats.

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