CLEAN, PURGE, ORGANIZE :: DAY 9
"As a professional clothier and fashion designer, no garment that represents my work leaves the studio without a professional finish. When you go to all the hard work and time to create something, a quality press just finishes off a garment for that extra layer of professionalism. Pressing, ironing and steaming are all different and happen at different stages of creating a garment. Having an organized pressing station or ironing basket ready to use is just another way to sew efficiently and achieve these results. This first step is just having access to your tools. Some sewing studios have a dedicated pressing table, while others have an ironing board or pressing mat. Whatever you have, keep it clean and in a location that is easily accessible so you can pull it out right when you need it.
Pressing tools are also just as important as your sewing machine. Things like a pressing ham, tailor’s clapper, press cloth, pressing glove, sleeve board, and fabric spray to name a few, should be easy to reach. If you have a drawer on your pressing table keep these items and only these items in the drawer. When ironing you can simply grab and use. If you don’t have a drawer, then a decorative basket or plastic container clearly labeled is perfect for these items. Tuck this under your table or store with your ironing board so you can quickly grab it and have all your tools on hand.
A few other things that are handy to have in your pressing area are scissors and a magnetic pin cushion. Oftentimes, you need to clip something while pressing or remove a pin and having that nearby saves time from going to your sewing area.
Have fun with your pressing station however, it is laid out. Make a decorative cover, hang a fun photo or just use a colorful basket. While many people dislike ironing and pressing, if you have a little fun with this part of sewing you may just find you really like the art of pressing and your garments will really display care and attention to details."
Designer Joi has an online pattern design club on Facebook, Designer Joi’s Perfect Pattern and Fit Club. Learn more about Joi Mahon at her site. www.designerjoi.com.
Watch for Day Ten of "21 Days to Your ULTIMATE Sewing Space" to arrive soon.
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