Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review


Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Find a member
MY Stuff
Friends of PR Benefits
My Pattern Reviews
My Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Widget
Photo Album
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Calendar
Deal Corner
Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine Central
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests
Read All Review Requests
Add a Review Request
Live Chats
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
See all Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
all contests
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials
Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
Shrinking fabric with a steam cleaner (Tip/Technique)
Viewed 5373 times
Review rated Helpful by 2 people   Very Helpful by 14 people   
Posted by: OP Gal
photo
About OP Gal starstarstar
KS USA
Member since: 10/14/03
Reviews written: 80
Sewing skills:Intermediate
Favored by: 30 people
tips added: 8
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 12/26/09 6:07 PM
Web site/URL: photo
It's a good idea to preshrink wool and other dry clean only fabric before sewing, but doing the London shrink method or holding a steam iron over sections of fabric is tedious. Recently I wanted to preshrink some wool and remembered that the Shark Euro-pro steam cleaner (NAYY) I bought to clean tile grout has a garment steamer attachment. The attachment has a long nozzle that is flat on the end. It sort of looks like a hammerhead shark. It has a cloth cover that is provided to cover the end. I just laid towels over a bed in a guest room, laid the fabric on it and rolled up the fabric that didn't fit on the bed to keep it from stretching when it was damp. The cleaner keeps the hot water under pressure, so you can pass the end of the nozzle carefully over sections of the fabric until it's completely steamed without worrying about it dripping. I allowed what I'd dampened to dry, then unrolled the rest and repeated the process.

I bought this particular steam cleaner intending to clean grout between tiles, but found that it didn't work very well for that purpose. However, it works just great for preshrinking fabric.
Merchants on PR
Style Arc sewing dress patterns
Patterns That Fit
Web site
Victoria Jones Collection
Timeless Hawaiian styles
Web site
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Deals!

<< Previous Next >>

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques


8 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
j222b said...
Great idea. I bought a cleaner recently. I'll have to try steaming fabric.
12/26/09 6:20 PM
Woolygal said...
Wow, what an idea. Thanks.
12/27/09 8:46 AM
Rhoda K said...
I wondered what I was going to do with a steam cleaner that I bought from QVC some years ago, now I know. It doesn't work that great on tub & showers but should be great for this. Thanks!
12/27/09 9:24 AM
minasmom said...
Great Idea!
12/27/09 9:54 AM
Annette Wright said...
I SOOOO need to try this. I agree, my steam cleaner is a joke. May as well use it for something I need. Thanks for the great idea.
12/28/09 7:36 PM
Bunsnpigs said...
Wow! Great! I have one of these cleaners, too!
12/31/09 7:38 AM
Tainsh said...
I wonder if you could use this method to block quilts?
3/26/10 10:06 AM
OP Gal said...
Tainsh: I don't quilt, so I don't know. But it sure would be worth a try.
3/27/10 9:16 AM

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us