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Posted on: 1/31/10 10:27 AM
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I made my daughter a Simplicity nightgown pattern that called for you to iron the wide bias tape used flat. The garment took quite a bit of bias tape, and ironing all that tape flat was less that thrilling. I remember even burning myself doing it.

Yesterday I made the gown again. This time an idea hit me. I went into the bathroom, grabbed my flatiron and used that to iron the bias tape. Easy and simple. Open the tape up and place in the flat iron, use your other hand to pull it through. Once I got a rhytmn of sorts going, the folded parts opened themselves up as they slid into the flat iron.

This was much quicker to me than opening up all the tape and ironing it on an ironing board. Maybe it will work for you too!

I don't know if this would work with a cheap $20 flatiron, as I have a professional model, but it's worth a try!

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pieraci2 said... (2/16/10 7:51 AM) Reply
What a great idea!!! I burnt my fingers, too. Thank you!
Fictionfan said... (2/10/10 8:09 PM) Reply
When I saw the title for your tip, I thought it meant a mini-iron or an old-fashioned iron. You mention getting yours out of your bathroom. By flatiron, do you mean a hair ironing device? Does the flatiron have a temperature adjustment? Sounds like a great way to handle a long strip of bias tape!
1961 said... (2/10/10 10:54 AM) Reply
I'll have to try this so I don't burn my fingers. Also, one can use a curling iron to straighten creased ribbon. Maybe it would also work to press bias tape flat?
Dmd4106 said... (2/5/10 2:51 AM) Reply
Great tip!
RobinMCPA said... (2/1/10 3:26 PM) Reply
What a great idea! Thanks for posting this. I will try this next time!
sosoatsewing said... (2/1/10 1:24 PM) Reply
Yes Andee, the flat iron used to straighten heir.
ladybegood said... (2/1/10 10:49 AM) Reply
OMG, you are a genius! I already keep my flatiron near my sewing area since that's my best mirror, but I never thought to use it for sewing. I too have a professional model, so it'll be nice to get some extra use out of it.
Fran G said... (2/1/10 7:35 AM) Reply
Smart idea!
Andee said... (2/1/10 7:30 AM) Reply
When you say flatiron, what do you mean? Is that a hair iron, like a crimper?
Amazonium said... (1/31/10 12:48 PM) Reply
Great idea! I have burned my fingers so many times trying to hold a small fiddly piect of fabric down while trying to press it. These tips are why I visit this place often- you really CAN teach an old dog (me) new tricks! Thanks!
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