HOW TO IRON FABRIC | Best Pressing Techniques | SEWING REPORT

hi everybody I'm Jennifer with the
sewing report and in this video i want to show you how to press your fabric
to get ready to sew and quilt with it in my
previous video I showed you how to treat your fabric especially light-colored fabric with scotchgard to protect it later on during the quilting process so now i'm going to show you how to
press it before you cut into your fabric so this is my ironing station that I use
all the time and it's just a cheap ironing board and then I created this
pressing board with the 24 x 24 inch wood board and cotton batting and then I
just put a cover on it as you can see it's definitely seen
better days but I didn't want to be fancy for y'all and I wanted to show you
this is what you're pressing board is going to look like it's going to get
marks on it it's going to get stains on it that's totally okay that is how a
pressing board is well-used so your craft room should look like I also have some other accoutrements
I've got my best press which is meant to press fabric it sort of starch
alternative and since it doesn't contain starch it won't attract bugs and I've
also recently been using this soak it's called soaked flatter product in fig and
it does sort of the same thing that best press except it smells super
amazing this one smells like fig and it's just
so yummy and make sure fabric smell like you want to try to eat it which I wouldn't recommend but you can
try and then i also use my iron you can use any iron but I you i've been
using the panasonic 360 cordless iron and of course
I've always got a lint roller on hand because you always have to like
lint roll your board or little fuzzies off the fabric so let's get started so because i put scotch gard on the
front of the fabric i'm actually going to iron the back side
again just to protect the fabric because sometimes your iron and I've experienced
this myself sometimes your iron can leave marks on your fabric and that is
terrible so I'm actually going to start in one
section and because this is a one yard cut its a 36 x 44 I should be able to press this entire
piece with just four little sections so I'm gonna smooth it out the best i can
and then i'm actually going to use the soak flatter today just so that my dinosaur
fabric smells yummy and all you have to do is do a few
spritzes and I've already got my iron I'm actually not going to be using steam
today because I've already got the flat Iran if I don't have any sort of the
pressing help i will sometimes use of steam although you know what there are a bunch
of creases in here if i may just do a little bit usually use starch and the
soak or the best press and you do that in conjunction with the steam
you can even get these really hard wrinkles out so a little bit more here I do ok it's really soaked and then all you have
to do is go in sections and just started passing seen at this point she wants to
get these creases out and really it doesn't have to be a hundred percent
perfect because you're just going to be cutting the fabric anyways but you just
have to get a flat enough so that when you do cut your fabric the cuts are accurate and that your
fabric will get the sort of later angel him yeah i totally lied earlier when I said
I wasn't going to use because here I am and this iron is nice because it is
cordless this section is pretty good okay let's sit the only thing about the cordless iron
is that you do have to dock it occasionally so that it will kind of recharge it so I'm just kind of moving the section
and i am going to be overlapping a little bit to where we're going to be
overlapping a little bit but see see how this fits pretty nicely so i did this
whole section here and you can tell because it's warm so that's sort of your indicator and
where you've already already ironed i'm going to put some more flattered on
here in this stuff just smelled amazing ok and i know you may be thinking you know
ironing is a little basic but you know what if you're new to sewing and
quilting this actually may not be something you're used to doing and
ironing clothing is different than pressing fabric because you're not
really you're more like pressing rather than
you know moving your iron around like this so really I just recommend going in box
and just kind of lifting literally tracking each section flattered so good and I actually met when I was a
quick on I've got the founder and owner Jacqueline Sava of Soak and she's just such
a nice lady and it's always good i think of selling community to support female
entrepreneurs and familiar with Mary Fons but she had has given a good talk
on the American quilt history and she's really big into supporting women in
business because a lot of these sewing industry businesses are owned and operated by the
men so there's a lot of women so you know I feel like you should support
your fellow sisters here ok so we've got this side done so now what I'm going to do is I'm
actually going to take my fabric and I'm going to flip it over and over to the
other side and then just do the same thing and again you should get like an overlap
here because again it is 24 x 24 so I feel like this is a good size for
pressing board for me at least I mean what I like something bigger of
course but right now I think this works just fine all right i'm just going to go ahead and
begin now again both of these products do work very similarly a very similar
but this one just smells so i'm going to use the nice fix it just smells
intoxicating sort of like I don't know it's sort of
like a legal drug or something I don't know which is going to go ahead and even
though the soak is color it does not color take your fabric at all so don't worry
about that totally fine ok actually the scene in conjunction with
the latter is really helping it to get the wrinkles out ok again this is a one yard of fabric just
fairly standard if I was doing all of longer cut I would actually just do the
fabric this way instead and just keep keep going down each section alright so one more section to go here go a little bit i love this fabric this
fabric is actually part of Lizzy House's natural history collection just drop you it's a really if you're
not familiar it's a really fun line they have dinosaurs they've got gemstones
butterflies whales all kinds of stuff and it's just really cool fabric and I
think it's my and over fabric so it's Lizzy house Natural History by Andover fabrics all right good here
and this you can see this section has quite a bit of creases job it I'm going to really up to and the good
thing about this wood board is that unlike the iron board that's a little
more cushy the wooden pressing board with just a piece of linen on it you
can really press down and do what you intend to do which is pressing this
piece of fabric little obvious but you know whatever all right even this little portion here that was
really really crease is really coming out quite nicely try to hit this with the best stressful
it's just different no I've never used both these products
really it was both seem to work very well in my opinion and again it doesn't
have to you don't have to get every single crease up there might be some that
remain now if you do use starch I've noticed the starch does really get
the crazies out but i don't really want to attract the bugs and this i like
because it does not have actual search of it so these are starch free
alternatives to that ok ok and yes this happens quite often my lint
roller will often fall off the ironing board and another hit is to definitely
keep more than one little roller I have multiple keep more than one with
a roller in your soil room keep the spread around because you will
definitely need it quite often all right looking pretty good to give it
one more pass get this middle section just one more – because I do see some
and you can go back and hit up some spots the one that's totally cool just until
you feel like it's good up next button ok then pressed and before you I usually like to cut my fabric if it is
a great i like to cut it on the wrong side I don't know why I'm actually just going
to fold this and when you're cutting fabric you want to have it selvedge to selvedge as edges this one
with the writing on it you want to have your selvages meeting
up with your selvages ok like this you want to try to get it
as close as possible and you also want your fabric to hang naturally you don't
want to have any you know weird weird folds creases in there and once you do
that it should be ready for coming and there you go impressed fabric so hopefully this helps
you when you're getting ready to prep your fabric if you liked this video be sure to give
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  1. Although pressing seems like a basic and simple task, it's always nice to see how other people go about doing it! Thanks for another great video 🙂

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