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From: siwian
Date: 04-06-2006, 02:14 PM (1 of 4)
What is the best way to get hard creases out of a textured fabric? The fabric is very soft/stretchy with a texture that seems to be made somewhat like seersucker only larger. (Does that make sense?) My sister (mother of the groom) bought the fabric without me but I get to make the blouse from it. :whacky: I'm not sure it's even the right type of fabric for the pattern but the bride liked it and it was the right color so........They bought the fabric several months ago but I just got it last week. It has been folded up in a bag since they bought it and I don't know how to get the creases out. I don't want to wash the fabric as I think it should be dry cleaned. I know the skirt fabric has to be dry cleaned. I have tried tossing it in a dryer without heat. It didn't seem to do anything for the creases. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
User: siwian
Member since: 12-27-2001
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 04-06-2006, 02:35 PM (2 of 4)
hang it in a steamy bathroom?
drop it off at the dry cleaners and let them figure it out?
Did you press with a light iron yet? You'd have to be able to use at least a warm iron on it in order to press your seams as you sew with it. Store it hanging starting now (on a skirt/trousers hanger with clamps at the top), the way that you often see velvets hanging at the fabric shop, so that you won't add creases and can take pressure off the ones that are there.
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From: paroper
Date: 04-06-2006, 03:41 PM (3 of 4)
Folding and refolding the fabric will only make it worse. If it is washable this is a time that I would probably resort to that.

If it isn't, well, that falls in another catagory. I would start with the hot, steamy bathroom or a really good steaming (not ironing) from a stream iron. the bathroom would be my first choice...(if you don't have one small enough to steam really well, you can borrow mine). since it has the texture of seersucker I wouldn't press it because my dear husband has managed to actually press the suck right out of seersucker (no comment, but I couldn't believe he was THAT stupid.)

I often insist that my customers, esp those who are doing bridal things, bring their fabric on bolts. The fabric stores don't usually mind getting rid of one or two and it helps preserve the fabric. Then when I sew it, I keep it draped over a wooden quilt display or sometimes a hanger to keep it from wrinkling. It saves a lot of fabrics, esp. acetates and satins, not to mention velvets, which I pin by the selvages faces together and hang on a pole in the cutting area.

You sometimes get fabrics that just can't be saved after they have been folded too long. If all else fails, try the dry cleaner, sometimes they can help, but ask before you leave the fabric. There is no reason to pay for something they can't fix either.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
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From: siwian
Date: 04-08-2006, 10:45 AM (4 of 4)
Thank you for your suggestions. I'll try them. I was hoping to get this outfit cut out before I go back to work then I will just have to sew during the evenings.
User: siwian
Member since: 12-27-2001
Total posts: 114
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