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« on: August 20, 2008 02:37:12 PM »

I just finished a dress made out of very slippery shiny fabric, which claimed to be acetate on the bolt. The dress really needs pressed, but I'm teriffied of shrinking it or worse!

Any advice is very much apreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2008 02:55:54 PM »

What about steaming it?  Maybe you might try taking it in to have it drycleaned?

Ooo... I just came across this site... It's the first one on the list.
http://www.stitchnsave.com/Fabric_Care.asp
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2008 06:08:08 AM »

Acetate does not shrink, it will melt if it gets too hot.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2008 10:06:23 AM »

Acetate does not shrink, it will melt if it gets too hot.

MELT!!!!!!!!! AGH!!!! Me thinks dry cleaning! Will that get the creases out.... hmm
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008 05:44:27 PM »

Put a really thick pressing clothes over it while you iron, lowest setting and checking it every five seconds.
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2008 07:21:00 AM »

Do you have scraps of the material left?  I would try experimenting on those first.  Otherwise, I second dry cleaning. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2008 06:19:26 PM »

I would try some scraps, carefully with a press cloth on the lowest setting of your iron.  Definitely test steam on scraps if you want to try that - in my experience some acetate can get really weird (stiff and crinkly) if it gets wet, but I don't think all acetate is like that.  I would also test scraps if you want to try washing it at home.
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