Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review

Advanced Search
New to PR?
Find a member
MY Stuff
Friends of PR Benefits
My Pattern Reviews
My Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Photo Album
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Deal Corner
Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine Central
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests
Read All Review Requests
Add a Review Request
Live Chats
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
See all Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
all contests
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
Folding and ironing edges on pockets, facings etc. (Tip/Technique)
Viewed 956 times
Review rated Helpful by 2 people   Very Helpful by 10 people   
Posted by: Handshake
About Handshake star
Member since: 7/19/13
Reviews written: 19
Sewing skills:Advanced
Favored by: 7 people
tips added: 3
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 10/5/13 9:56 AM
Another shirt-making tip/technique which I think I created, but it's probably already out there somewhere.

Patch pockets usually have you fold over and iron flat, three sides before attaching to the shirt (the fourth, top side having been self-faced). Instead of making marks with pens, markers, pins and/or rulers and risk burning your fingers with the iron, I did this.

I cut a thin piece of cardboard, from a box of tissues, and carefully measured an exact 1/2 inch (I have another for an exact 1 centimetre) and cut that cardboard strip (about 4 inches long). Now place the exact cardboard strip near the edge of the pocket to be folded+ironed. Nudge the fabric over the strip until it lines up with the edge of the strip. Leave it there and iron on top. Pull cardboard strip out. Voila, a straight ironed edge the exact width. Move to the another side of the pocket - this is especially good for pointed lower hems, and repeat. Repeat for sides. Turn pocket over to right-side up, and quickly press.

There you have a perfectly ironed patch pocket with neat straight lines, all with the correct width turned under. Place on your shirt and edge-stitch into place.

Ta Daa!

This also works for the slightly curved edge of the uninterfaced side of a collar band, where you have to fold+press under the seam allowance before making the 'sandwich' (interfaced side of band, uninterfaced side of collar, interfaced side of collar, uninterfaced side of band on top). It works for me! Just move your cardboard strip around bit by bit with the iron - it'll cope with slight curves.

Hope that helps.
Merchants on PR
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover
Made In Australia
Unique Sewing Patterns

<< Previous Next >>

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques

3 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
dmitch1966 said...
Great tip! I saw something similar on the Threads Insider video section only they used silk organza underneath the fabric to be pressed, used marked cardboard and then used the organza to hold the fabric in place on the cardboard at the marked line while being pressed. Pure genius!! I have burned my fingers so many times I must give this a go, thank you for sharing and reminding me of this!!
10/6/13 2:18 AM
koo104 said...
It is standard MFRing technique to use templates for tricky tasks like this. It always feels good to discover them on your own.
10/26/13 1:19 PM
cherylz said...
I have a vintage metal thingie with markings for various edges.... it's a good idea and bears repeated "discovering. .."
1/15/14 11:31 PM

Copyright © 2014® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us