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I’m new to this website, but I’d really like to mention something about ironing as you sew.
One of the most important things you can do to make your garment look professional, not homemade, is to iron as you go.. Press seams, iron darts, iron necklines, iron everything you have added facing to and turned. I see photos here of garments that are beautiful, but could be stunning if the seams and facings were pressed! When you have a curve, snip the seam allowance after sewing, turn, and iron it!
I’m so impressed by the work shown by new seamtresses here!
Happy sewing everyone!


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    Sep 13, 2011, 07.17 PMby josew333

    Just be careful with some fabrics. Make sure you know which fabrics can have steam and which can’t. I love sewing with cotton blends and they do well to use steam.

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      Sep 13, 2011, 11.52 PMby Judy Brownstein

      Haven’t sewn in years due to bad health, but dying to sew again, A ham is a necessity to get the shape of the curves and if need be, pin the curve to the ham and steam like crazy! I Also, a ham is perfect to shape collars. Pin to ham to get the curve around the neck and steam! Steam is a sewer’s best friend!

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    Sep 13, 2011, 11.52 PMby Judy Brownstein

    Hi! There are covers for your iron sole plate that will allow you to press on nearly any fabric.

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    Sep 22, 2011, 07.06 PMby katensew

    My iron stays on all the time I am sewing in readiness !! Many processes can be ironed first e.g. hem allowances etc A good steam iron is as important as the sewing machine — I recently had to buy a new iron and it took ages to get used to the “feel” of it !

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