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Date: 10/21/11 8:37 AM

I am making a jacket from 100% wool crepe and did a test press beforehand, but although it pressed well using light steam on the "wool" setting of my iron (a new one!) it has left the fabric a shade darker. Has anyone got any ideas or experience of this please, before I go ahead with the project. Many thanks.

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Date: 10/21/11 1:06 PM

make sure to use a pressing cloth and also press inside out. That way any colour change will not be apparent from the outside and the pressing cloth should minimise the effect.

I've just finished a wool crepe dress recently and this worked out fine. I noticed a slight colour change if I pressed for too long, so I made sure to work fairly quickly. You can always go over it again but it shouldn't need too much steam as wool presses quite nicely. It was a dark purple colour which helps too!

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Date: 10/21/11 5:29 PM

Thanks for your help rmusic1, I will try again tgomorrow using your suggestions. How did the dress turn out, have you reviewed it?

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Date: 10/22/11 11:09 AM

I'd guess you're pressing the nap flat. Lot's of wool will get shiny/look a little different if you press it.

You can press it with a self-fabric press cloth, and press it on self-fabric or a terrycloth towel.

If you have one, you can also use a needleboard or velvaboard.

If you do get a spot that changes color or sheen after pressing, you can restore it by steaming the area pretty thoroughly without pressure, then lightly brushing the spot. That should get the nap back up.

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Date: 10/22/11 8:57 PM

I am verrry careful when I press wool crepe, because I ruined a jacket by over-pressing with a heavy hand. Beginner's error and an expensive mistake. I have success when I use a very light hand with the iron, and mostly daub water on the seam itself, press lightly, and my hand is the 'clapper.' Take some scraps, sew a seam, and experiment. Your iron might run 'hot' and perhaps a cooler setting is what you'll need.

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Date: 10/23/11 3:04 AM

hi Olindam.

I'm still waiting for my very busy housemate to stand still in day light so I can get a photo of her in the finished dress. I could put it on my dress form but she is a smaller size to me and it wouldn't fit properly.

I will add photos to my (currently work in progress) review when I get the chance. I hope you are happy with your project once you have finished pressing it.

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Date: 10/23/11 5:49 PM

Hi there everyone! Do you know what? I am going to change tack and use sew in interfacing - another trip out tomorrow! I managed to press lightly through the pressing cloth etc, and although there was no effect in the crepe the interfacing had not bonded. So that is it, no more sewing of crepe for me! Will leave it to the advanced sewers, thanks though for your suggestions, at least its not just me which is comforting

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Date: 10/23/11 10:13 PM

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Date: 10/24/11 3:24 AM

I had a similar problem come to think of it with the last skirt I made. It was also from wool crepe and the interfacing at the yoke band kept coming loose. It should be ok now as it is all sewn together. Maybe it is due to the fabric if both of us had the same problem?

I've never used sew in interfacing before so I'm afraid I can't give any advice on it.

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Date: 10/24/11 5:54 AM

Hi rmusic1. Will let you know progress! I always used to use "sew in " in the good old days, so fingers x'd. Thanks for your help.

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