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Just a few months ago I would have never thought of using relatively expensive silk organza as a press cloth. I've seen intricate blouses and dresses on runway made of organza, but never sewn with it - it was too sheer and too difficult to control.

Now, it's one of mine most important fabric staples - I've been using it a lot for underlining and interfacing. But it is since recently that I learned about the advantages of using 100% Silk Organza as a press cloth.

When to use it?

Many experts recommend using organza press cloth with silks and lace, because it protects delicate fabrics from overpressing and because its sheerness makes it convenient to control layers underneath. I also learned that you can use organza for pressing iron-on interfacings (see some helpful hints below).

Why Silk Organza?

Like any other press cloth, it helps avoid shine that appears from over-pressing or pressing directly on the fashion fabric. But what makes silk organza press cloth very convenient is that it is sheer and it withstands heat. Just make sure it is 100% silk and not polyester � you don�t want the press cloth to melt and ruin your garment, especially if you are working with expensive fabrics.

Do you need to dampen it?

No, silk organza cloth will not hold moisture well. Also, if you are working with silks, avoid steam iron as the risk of having a water stain on the fashion fabric is relatively high. Some seamstresses recommend using water spray, however, if you decide to use water or steam test it on a scrap fabric first.

Where can you get it?

You can buy it from a sewing supply store or Amazon. Dritz Silk Organza Press Cloth on Amazon, for example, costs $9.

I recommend making your own press cloth � you can make it the size you feel comfortable with, and you will have two press cloths for the price of one. All you need is approximately half a yard (or half a meter) of white or ivory silk organza, which you can get at around $20 per yard. Cut a rectangle of 14�(35cm) by 20�(50cm), or whatever size you prefer. Finish the seams with a serger or leave it the way it is. In fact, I have never serged mine.

Tip for using Silk Organza Press Cloth for applying Iron-on Interfacing (this tip comes from Louise Cutting from Rowenta)

She recommends using a separate Silk Organza Cloth for this purpose. Just write �Iron-on Interfacing� on a border of the cloth to prevent the contact of the interfacing residue with the iron surface. Make sure the writing is up every time you press so the glue residue will always be on the same side of the fabric.

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Loreli said... (1/24/12 4:11 PM) Reply
Thanks for the great tip!
jenleeC said... (8/13/11 7:51 AM) Reply
I have been using one of DH's old cotton hankies but the organza sounds better since you can see through it!
JDpenelope said... (1/19/11 6:17 PM) Reply
Hi --Just seeing this tip. I have also used silk organza as a pressing cloth for a long time. Today, mine got sticky, because I wasn't careful when pressing fusible interfacing -- which you recommend in your tip -- and also steam a seam. Thought I had more in my stash, but can't find any. As you mention in your great tip, you can see through it when pressing. This prevents burning your fingers when pressing small areas. I'm soaking mine right now and hope the glue will come off in the wash. But I'm ordering more, for backup.
Nancy Rhodes said... (12/20/10 9:06 PM) Reply
pinking works just fine.. or a fast zigzag use cotton thread... no melt
MarinaVK said... (12/13/10 3:19 PM) Reply
Lizz, have you finished the edges of your organza press cloth?
Lizz said... (12/13/10 1:51 PM) Reply
Sorry... duplicate.
Lizz said... (12/13/10 1:51 PM) Reply
I have used the same Silk Organza press cloth for many years and it is still going strong. An occasional trip through the wash is all I have ever done to maintain its qualities. I have one for interfacings, one for fashion fabrics and a tiny one for quilting.
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