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Knowing how to iron and press certain fabrics is difficult, because the last thing you want to do is ruin your garment. Read on to see how to iron cotton, wool, velvet, sequins and more!

Silk fabric
Patterns: Silk Pajama Bottoms; Silk Blouse.

Careful attention
After washing if deep wrinkles develop slightly moisten iron and lightly press on the wrong side of the fabric.

How hot?
Level 2 (130 – 165 ° C)

Directly on the fabric?
For very fine silk use ironing cloth.

Never – steam produces stains!

Iron cleaning solution. Silk shines particularly intensely when pressed from the right with silk paper.

First aid
If stains are caused by accidental steaming, dry immediately with a piece of kitchen roll or wash again completely.

Velvet fabric
Patterns: Vintage Dress; Velvet Peplum Tunic.

Careful attention
Always press from the wrong side with a piece of velvet or a towel as an underlay. The fibres fit into one another and are not flattened.

How hot?
Silk, viscose, synthetic velvet: Level 1
Cotton velvet: Level 2

Directly onto the fabric?
Only with little pressure.

Only recommendable for cotton velvet.

Steam brush, cotton velvet is pressed while hanging – no danger of crushing fibres.

First aid
For deep wrinkles keep steaming iron over the wrinkle (do not touch iron to fabric). Then brush the hair with toothbrush against the grain.

Sequin Fabric
Patterns: Raglan Sequin Sweatshirt; Sequin Skirt.

Careful attention
When pressing always have the right side on a towel or a piece of thick fabric and iron from the wrong side so nothing pushes through.

How hot?
Maximum level 2 (130 – 165 ° C) – never hotter.

Directly on the fabric?
Best with thin linen cloth.

No, the sequins could damage.

If iron needs to be pressed from the right: An iron guard glides effortlessly over and leaves no scratch marks.

First aid
Broken sequins should not be cut off, the thread could be connected to other sequins and unravel. Get a few extra sequin and sew over top in matching thread over broken sequin.

Cotton fabric
Patterns: Pocket Shirt; Flounce Blouse.

Careful attention
Best to press slightly moist from wrong side of the fabric. If the fabric is already dry, sprinkle with plenty of water.

How hot?
Level 3. When fine material (eg. B. Batiste) is often sufficient set at level 2.

Directly to the cloth?
Only iron fine cottons with a cloth.

Yes, iron with a lot of steam!

Strengthening spray makes cotton last longer wrinkle-free and protects against rapid re-contamination.

First aid
If white (!) cotton can turn a color: Drip three percent hydrogen peroxide solution (pharmacy) and hang out. Repeat as necessary.

Wool Fabric
Patterns: Shawl Collar Wool Jacket; Plus Size Wool Skirt.

Careful attention
Press wool from the wrong side wet, with a damp cloth or a lot of steam. Do not pull or stretch the fabric, otherwise it loses its shape.

How hot?
Level 2. With high heat, wool loses its elasticity.

Directly on the fabric?
A cloth prevents shine.

Yes, wool tolerates a lot of steam.

The best way to keep the wrinkles out when the fabric is very damp when ironing. For this, moisten evenly with a spray bottle.

First aid
Gloss marks disappear with distilled vinegar. Blot the stain, let it set and steam from the wrong side with iron.


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    Feb 20, 2017, 10.44 PMby rotinjab

    Great, really. Was just going to look for whool and silk ironing tips. Thank you!

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    Feb 19, 2017, 12.11 PMby nrobson

    thanks, I have ruined a garment or two myself =( ;)

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    Feb 18, 2017, 03.21 PMby Theresa Robertson

    Loved reviewing what I know and learned something new. Thank you. Going over the basics is good!

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    Feb 17, 2017, 09.29 AMby ronnielee

    Great tips! I have been know to ruin a garment :(

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