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« on: March 09, 2010 05:45:21 PM »

My mom bought a fabric that's a crinkle silk/cotton blend...problem is, she wants to uncrinkle it (I'm sure there's a more appropriate word....flatten? sorry, I'm on dayquil/flu-brain here...)

 She's tried a steamer and gentle ironing to no avail.. basically she just wants it to lie flat like a normal fabric. Any tips on how to uncrinkle?

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2010 06:18:05 PM »

I have never tried this, but I would recommend giving it a try with starch.
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2010 01:53:14 AM »

Starch would be a temporary fix only, though, which wouldn't help if the desire is to have it permanently flat.

boygirlparty, if it were me, I'd be inclined to snip off a very small piece of the fabric and try progressively hotter temps with the iron to see what happens. Cotton can handle heat, but silk usually required an intermediary cloth to protect it from too much heat. She might be out of luck.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2010 02:05:36 PM »

thanks so much for the responses, guys. i've emailed them to my mom & will report back with results. If anyone else has a method to suggest, please let me know! Her experiment is ongoing...
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2010 08:47:03 PM »

Depending on the process used to crinkle it may come out in the wash. You could also try ironing it with a hotter iron, spray vinegar on it and use a press cloth.  The vinegar smell will go away. Though it will smell like a hot salad while you are doing it. 

I use vinegar to get out stubborn wrinkles, it can also be used as fabric softener in the wash.
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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2010 09:44:43 PM »

If it's machine washable & dry-able, that's worth a try too. Those silk broomstick skirts that were all the rage in the 90s uncrinkle nicely after a wash & dry.
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