How a Pressing Cloth Can Improve Your Sewing Results

A pressing cloth is awfully useful. It keeps the hot iron from marking your fabric and also keeps it from flattening the texture of the fabric. They are essential for good tailoring, whether for humans or dolls. And using a press cloth will improve your sewing results immeasurably.

Press cloths can be made from many things—even things you have around the house. Let me explain what makes a good pressing cloth. And it can vary, depending on what type of material you are sewing.

Store Bought Press Cloths

Of course, you can buy press cloths in the store. There are several types available, from see-through ones made of an interfacing-type material to thick ones impregnated with special finishes for tailoring. They all work perfectly well. Just be sure you read the instructions and pick the correct cloth for the job.

Make Your Own Press Cloth

On the other hand, you can make your own. It is especially easy to use large scraps of material you have left over. Self fabric works brilliantly on most fabrics! I find it’s especially good for tailoring wool cloth—it prevents shine and the texture blends perfectly with itself for pressing.

For a DIY see-through cloth, consider using a piece of silk chiffon! It keeps the hot iron off the material, eliminating marks and you can see through it better than the store-bought kind.

Of course, you can always use a spare piece of muslin as a press cloth. Or any other similar type of fabric you may have extra in your stash.

But whatever you have, be sure to use it regularly. The results will show in your sewing!


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