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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > How long does it take you to press out fabric? ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Date: 8/6/12 6:16 PM

Okay, not that I'm lazy, but I find it irksome that it takes me so long to press out fabric before I layout for cutting. Am I overly cautious to have every last wrinkle out? I prewash my fabric when I purchase to save me time, but I still need to iron when it's been stored a while to when I use that fabric for sewing.

How long does it take you to prep (meaning just ironing)? Maybe someone just needs to save me from myself.

Is there a better way to do this?



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Date: 8/6/12 6:27 PM

About 45 minutes, minus the dry time, since I get it pretty wet to iron it, and then the cool down time if I don't: so give or take an hour or so.

I also prep mine up with the next few projects, so I do it at night or when I can, then I roll it. I loosely accordion fold it, then roll from one of the short ends. I don't put wrong sides together or fold in half until I am ready to cut. Then I lay out my pieces and to get the crease on the fold, I rough cut around that piece, iron it well, then cut out the final piece.

Nope, I'm not anal about it at all.

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Date: 8/7/12 10:23 AM

I'm not overly fussy about this part of the process (OK, maybe even not as careful as I ought to be.) If the fabric just has that fluffy from the dryer look, I assume it won't affect how the pattern lies on the fabric, and I barely press at all. I'll take care of getting it really smooth as I press seams etc. during construction. If there are creases that will affect getting an accurate cut, then I do what I gotta do.
I have also taken to sewing the cut ends of the fabric together with a wide zigzag stitch before I prewash, making one big loop of fabric. I think I actually read that tip somewhere on this website a long time ago. That cuts down on the wrinkling during wash and dry, and also controlls fraying on those cut ends. When I cut the big loop open, the little contrasting threads (usually white) remind me that I have prewashed this piece, and I seldom need to pick them out unless I'm really cutting every bit of the yardage right down to those very ends.
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Date: 8/7/12 10:29 AM

I do press the fabric before I cut into it, otherwise my garment can grow to a larger size (especially if it's something like linen or rayon).

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Date: 8/7/12 10:46 AM

As long as it takes to get the wrinkles out. (As much as I dislike this part, I hate the cutting out process even more. But all this prep work helps with perfecting the final product so it's best to just grumble through.)

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Date: 8/7/12 3:46 PM

I press pretty well, but just enough to get the majority of the wrinkles out. Time depends on the type and quantity of fabric involved, but it's isn't really a quick processs. If there are very small, subtle wrinkles left that I know won't affect the cut I won't sweat over them until I'm ready to construct the garment--then I press WELL, CONSTANTLY, AND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY :rolleyes:. I'm a fanatic about pressing as I go as well as pressing the finished piece. If your fabric has been sitting awhile after you have washed it, you might try just rinsing it and putting it in the dryer again (if it was originally washable and dryable) to remove most of the wrinkles before you press it. That will lessen your work and time a bit.

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Date: 8/7/12 4:33 PM

It takes me about half an hour to iron 4 yards of 60" wide linen, so that's sort of my baseline.

I have it down to a system now, and I guess I don't really mind it... but there are factors that I don't love. The pre-iron prepwork of the room, for one: we have dogs, so I have to make sure the floor around the ironing board has been well vacuumed so the fabric doesn't get furry; and dealing with quantities of fabric is my very least favorite part of sewing--wrestling with the yardage over the ironing board; wishing I had a wider surface to work with, so I didn't have to go back and re-iron the half of the yardage that goes over the narrow end of the board, etc.

I need to do 2 yards of twill and 4 yards of linen for a couple current projects, and I'm busy finding lots of other things to do today instead! LOL

ETA: As for re-doing pre-washed fabric... I try to keep as much as possible on bolts, so it's often not necessary to re-iron stash that's been in storage, so that's nice. But if there is something that's especially crumpled or whatnot, I'll just steam it in the dryer with a couple of hot towels. If I am *supremely* lucky, I won't have to iron it at all afterward, but I don't get that lucky that often! LOL


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Date: 8/7/12 5:38 PM

I do press my fabric before cutting, just like some of the other posters. One time, I decided it might be nice to have the gently rumpled look with a pair of pants, I washed and dried, but did not press. It is true, they grew a size, and became way too baggy. Since that fateful time, my rule of thumb is this: if it is for a skirt or pants, it must be pressed before sewing. Thereafter, it is okay to wear it rumpled if that is what I choose (kind of funny, because I usually press everything before I wear it unless I am camping or dog-training, often even then). If it is a top, it is not so critical, tops don't tend to grow as much as pants or skirts.
I understand not wanting to press, it does hold up the process. But, in the long run, it means a better end-product.
I am off now to press that piece of pink cotton knit which is waiting for me!

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Date: 8/7/12 6:04 PM

Whoa! I just thought of something. One of the skirts I'm about to make is from a nice polyester (if it were wool, it would be tropical weight). It will make a great travel skirt. I will prewash and dry this fabric, but unless it has some nasty creases, I am unlikely to press it. Polyester really doesn't need to even be prewashed, but I am always suspicious. I want it to relax, just in case it was stretched on to the bolt.

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Date: 8/7/12 7:16 PM

I always prewash even if it's 100% polyester, which I rarely use (too hot and static-y). It may not have been treated with formaldahyde but it's been in storage with fabrics that have been.

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