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« on: April 11, 2007 01:34:58 PM »

Hi Craftsters,

I am a very new and self-taught sewer (seamstress?) and I have a question about the easiest project in Lotta Jansdotter's new book, Simple Sewing. The pattern is for napkins but she gives instructions for making coasters in the same pattern.

I am working on pressing the edges in 1/4 inch and I keep burning myself with the iron. I never did a seam like this and I think maybe I am using the wrong tools. Is there an easier way to press these tiny creases? Is there some tool for this that I am missing? Am I just a klutz?

After I finish the coasters I plan on making the backpack from the same book, and the pattern uses the same technique. If there's some easier way to press these small creases I would love to know it because I'm sure I'll be using this technique a lot!

Thanks (in advance) for the help.

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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2007 01:47:35 PM »

You can find a small ironing tool at probably Michaels or Hobby Lobby or any Fabric Shop.
Sure wish I had one. lol
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2007 02:17:25 PM »

 There usually called quilters irons. They look something like this.

Like nannalexi said, you should be able to find them at most craft stores. Yeah, wish I had one to, guess that means I have to ask (make) my husband buy me one. Grin

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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2007 02:18:50 PM »

i read in the newest martha stewart living that you can use a straightening iron (for hair) on shirts between buttons that a regular iron wouldn't reach - i'd bet you could use a straightening iron for this, too...  depending on the fabric.  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2007 09:30:45 AM »

You don't need to go buy anything new!  Grin
Instead of using your fingers to hold over the edge, you can use a tool of some sort (like a wood dowel) to hold the fold.  That way your fingers are not under the iron...which would still happen, even with a smaller iron.
I hope that helps!

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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2007 06:36:18 PM »

I have done this without burning!   Smiley

I used a little metal ruler; it's under a millimeter thick.  There is a little slider on it you can adjust to make sure everything you measure is the same length.  I folded 1/4" over the ruler and ironed it, and there was my 1/4" seam!  I held the fabric far enough down-seam so I didn't iron me.  Easy as pie!  It took a really long time to press the whole side (it was the top edge of a pocket), but it came out looking really really nice.

You can look here to see it.  You can probably find them anywhere you can buy other sewing stuff.

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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2007 04:20:19 AM »

Wow thank you SO much!

Mishti, I looked through my supplies, and I already have that little metal ruler you're talking about. I never knew what it was really for. I'm going to try that, combined with Patchwork's suggestion of using a tool to hold it down, and see what happens.

If i still need the smaller iron, I noticed that Joann's has a sale on them this week, so maybe I'll check it out.

I appreciate your suggestions! Thank you thank you!


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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2007 09:50:51 PM »

here's a trick i usewhen I need to make small hems with the iron. I fold the fabric the size it needs to be then i hold it at each end and run it over the edge of my table. it flattens the seam enough that i can iron it without problems. I call it the lazy seam and sometimes I don't even bother to press if I pull the fabric hard enough and get a nice smooth edge.

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