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To keep freshly pressed fabrics and garments from getting wrinkled, allow them to rest and cool down on the ironing board for a couple of minutes before moving them. If you are in a hurry or just impatient, use a fan directed at the ironing board to cool down the fabric and set the press.
A solution of one part water and one part distilled white vinegar will remove an old crease and/or set a new one. Dampen a press cloth with this mixture and press with as hot of an iron as the fabric will allow. Press until the press cloth is dry. The vinegar smell will dissipate as the fabric dries.
Irons get dirty and pick up color from the fabric dye. Clean your iron periodically, especially if sewing and pressing light colored fabric. The best way to clean the soleplate of your iron is with a commercial hot iron cleaner, sold at fabric and sewing supply stores. This product is very easy to use.
A seam roll can be used to press areas that are hard to lay on a flat surface, like a sleeve. They also provide a curved surface for pressing seams without leaving imprints from the seam allowance. If you do not have a seam roll, roll up a newspaper or magazine and cover with a terry towel or insert in a wool sock.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|