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Tips & Techniques > Pressing seams flat when working with wool

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Posted on: 5/5/07 10:45 AM
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When working on a wool jacket, I was having trouble getting the seams to stay pressed open flat. I would press them, but five minutes later they'd be springing back up again. I asked my tailoring tutor about it, and she said to press the seam open with steam, then switch the steam off, cover the seam with a press cloth to prevent it from burning (I just used a scrap of silk organza) and press with the dry iron until the seam dries out - it's the moisture that makes wool spring back. And it worked!

See here, seam before - pressed but still far too sproingy:
here, and after - pressed and staying open flat here.

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Nancywin said... (5/6/07 4:20 PM) Reply
Good tip -You can also place a clapper over the warm pressed sleeve to let it cool. It absorbs the moisture and cools the seam so that seams stay as pressed.
Kathy_AZ said... (5/5/07 11:11 AM) Reply
Great tip, thanks.
 
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