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From: cbkins
Date: 12-19-2004, 08:23 PM (1 of 3)
Hi, I am making my daughters wedding gown. (What was I thinking?) :nc: It is Duchess satin underlined with silk organza, my problem is I can't get a good press on the seams. It is a rather simple pattern just princess seams all the way down and I am adding a lace on the upper part of the bodice. I tried pressing at a low synthetic setting as recommended by Sandra Betzina in "Fabric Savvy". I used a press cloth and no steam but I just cannot get a nice press. It looks like I didn't press at all. Please does anyone have any suggestions. Am I doing something wrong? Thank you for any help.
User: cbkins
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 3
From: MaryW
Date: 12-20-2004, 05:00 AM (2 of 3)
If it were me, I would take a napkin sized scrap of the satin with some of the organza basted on the back. Sew another scrap to this to make your seam allowance. Then, test, test, test with your iron to see how hi you can turn the temp. and get a nicer press.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: KayTee
Date: 12-20-2004, 01:03 PM (3 of 3)
I'm currently doing some research into what I'll need to know about bridal gowns because I'm making my daughter's next year, so I have a book from the library. Here's some tips about pressing speciality fabrics (including satin):

1) Test the pressing techniques on scraps (just as Mary suggested), beginning with a low temperature and raise the setting until you get the desired results. Use caution when steaming because these fabrics tend to water-spot.
2) Use a cotton ironing board cover; covers that reflect heat increase the risk of shrinking the fabric or leaving shine marks from the iron.
3) Glide the iron, using little or no pressure. Lightly finger-press the seam open after steaming.
4) Press seams flat on satin before pressing them open. This embeds the stitches for a smooth seam.
5) Use a seam roll to press the seams open without imprinting seam edges on right side of garment.
6) Use a tailor's ham to press any shaped areas such as darts or sleeve caps.
7) Place narrow strips of paper under darts to avoid imprinting the edges on the right side.
8) Press lace right side down on a well-padded surface to preserve the texture of the lace. Use a press cloth to prevent the tip of the iron from catching on the lace or tearing it.

Hope this helps. :wink:
User: KayTee
Member since: 12-06-2002
Total posts: 98
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