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Date: 3/1/13 0:21 AM

I know I need practice, but I'm also wondering if there are tools and tricks to help me get a really even turned edge pressed? I did one tonight that called for a .25 inch pressed, then over again at 1.25. I used a hem gauge to adjust as I went around w the iron. Managed not to burn myself.it turned out ok, not perfect.

Thanks in advance for advice to improve my technique.

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Date: 3/1/13 1:30 AM

I often use my sewing machine with a contrasting thread, a basting stitch, and a loose tension to stitch-mark the turning lines. If you have an inch or cm gauge on the throat plate of your machine, this is fairly precise.

Then you can steam press the hem (don't 'iron' it) on the stitching line(s) to mark the crease or creases. If the hem doesn't want to stay pressed, I will glue-bast, hand-baste, or Heat-and-Bond it as well.

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Date: 3/1/13 2:40 AM

Pressing templates made from simple file folders work well for me.

See this Threads Magazine Video (Pressing Templates) for details.

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Date: 3/1/13 5:59 AM

I use one of these :Hem gauge.
It can become hot, though. I sometimes hold on to it with one of those suction cup handles made for quilting rulers :gripper handle.

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Date: 3/1/13 6:36 AM

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Pressing templates made from simple file folders work well for me.
See this Threads Magazine Video (Pressing Templates) for details

CMC

I learned the templates method in a workshop with Linda Lee. That is what I now use. So easy!

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Date: 3/1/13 7:47 AM

It also helps to turn up the large hem measurement first, and then turn under the 1/4 inch last. Makes for a more accurate fold on the hemline, which is the one that shows.

Template helps, stitching the foldline helps, template plus stitching is even better!

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Date: 3/1/13 8:19 AM

[QUOTE] "steam press, don't iron it"

I have an iron with a steam button. Is that what you mean?

Thx!

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Date: 3/1/13 8:24 AM

I used to be a folk artist and made cloth dolls so I have a lot of experience turning tiny pieces.

My favorite tools are a thin pine or bamboo shishkabob skewer (dollar store) also a wooden/bamboo chopstick that you sharpen a little in a pencil sharpener: not to a point!

Turn the little pieces inside out and then get one of these tools inside and run it along the edge.

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Date: 3/1/13 12:17 PM

What you want to do is keep the steam on and bring the iron down on the surface to be pressed--but avoid smooshing the fabric around by pushing the iron this way and that.

There is a real difference between pressing and "ironing": Ironing is what you do to tablecloths.

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Date: 3/1/13 12:34 PM

I'm definitely smooshing it around with the iron, and doing it all the opposite of what you say, Elona. Oops. I noticed the iron sort of stretching the edges around, like it was warping it as I went. For example, I'd turn 1.25 inches, and when I was done with the iron, that edge was sort of rounded out a bit farther in some spots.

I'll try again. Do I need a better iron, maybe, too?

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