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Press cloths
I'd like to have a variety of homemade ones
Padmé

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Date: 9/28/06 9:38 PM

I'd like to have different kinds for different fabrics. I thought I would use fabric I already had, but didn't know which fabrics for press cloths worked well with fabrics I am sewing with?

Or should I buy a certain kind of fabric, and what sizes are good to have?

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Date: 9/28/06 10:09 PM

My silk organza is the one I reach for most often.

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Date: 9/29/06 1:25 PM

I have an old Dritz one. I will have to check out the silk organza. I was thinking some unbleached muslin in different weights.

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Date: 9/29/06 7:55 PM

I have 3. One is an old white cotton receiving blanket. Another one of the same quality for fusing. I also have white silk organza one. I love the organza one the best. It doesn't burn and I can see through it while pressing. All 3 are "homemade". Receiving blankets are from the time I was a baby, and I used them for my children too. Organza one is just a good size rectangle I cut out from my interlining organza stash.

I find cotton one slightly more protective because it's thicker. It's better for fabrics that overpress easily, like wools. Silk doesn't burn easily and good for pretty much any fiber. It is perfect for careful pressing when I don't need a lot of pressure.

Sizes: My are about 60" by 50". The one I use for fuzing interfacing is marked on the right side. It needs to be always used same side up because some of the fuzibles bleed though onto the presscloth. It will gunk up the iron if used the "fuzing" side to the soleplate.

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Fabric bought in 2009: 30 yds
Fabrc sewn in 2009: 19 yds
Fabric stash: 145 yds

3 Garments IN and 6 Garments OUT

Padmé

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Date: 9/29/06 8:08 PM

I gave all I had left to the church garage sale last year. Heavy Carter's knit? I'll look for some. I've been doing some fusible interfacing, and I've just been putting the iron on the interfacing. I checked out a beginning sewing tape from the library from the 80's, and she used the press cloth, and bells rang in my head. I'm making notes, and add that to my lists. Thank you.

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Date: 9/29/06 8:10 PM

I mostly have silk organza pieces... I dont even serge the edges but just let them fray. Toss in the laundry once in a while and use a seperate special marked FUSE for anything fusible. I also have very old white linen dishtowels which are nearly as thin as the silk. These are terrific for things that need a little more protection. I think I got the dishtowels from an estate sale or my grandma's.

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Date: 9/29/06 8:36 PM

I will have to get a few trial fabrics, and test them. I do think labeling the fusible press cloth is a good idea.

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