If you do a lot of sewing, then you know how important pressing is as you go. This can make a world of difference in the finished project. The difference between looking homemade and professional. Well even if you stay strictly with machine embroidery – letting the machine do all the work, there is still some importance in pressing.

At Embroidery by EdytheAnne we have predominantly In The Hoop Projects. This means that when you’re finished you have a complete project, ready for gift giving to a friend or yourself! These projects still many times require some pressing to polish them up.

We have over 250 mug mats and some of the versions require turning through a small opening to the front. Now, I have cringed when a customer has posted a nicely stitched mug mat photo she has done but has failed to press it out first. Corners need to be poked out nicely and seams need to be pressed to flatten.

Use the slider to compare these two examplesLeft is unpressed and corners not pushed out. Right is pressed and corners crisp.

Did you know that pressing sets the stitches and causes the thread to seem like it’s part of the fabric. So rather than laying on top, the thread sort of embeds into the fabric and that is one of the reasons a simple matter of pressing can create such a professional look.

Below are some resources for you to purchase at your local fabric store or if you can’t find them, I have included links for them to purchase on Amazon.

POINTER TURNER-is a must for our turned MUG MATS. These mats get the back stitched on ITH wrong side down and then after unhooping get turned through a small opening. Inserting this little object into the corners to push those corners out before pressing makes the difference between a homemade look and a professional look.

Our Christmas Stockings are an example of the majority of the project being done In The Hoop, but the lining is stitched into the stocking using a regular sewing machine. Sometimes when you have a 3-dimensional project that needs to be pressed you, a SLEEVE BOARD makes the job much easier. With a SLEEVE BOARD, you can insert it into the open area to get the seams nice and professional looking. Here is an example of a SLEEVE BOARD

Another little known use for this piece of equipment is for a little girl to iron her doll clothes! I bought one of these in a cute print for my youngest grand-daughter and included one of the small craft irons. She had a blast with it and called herself an “Ironist” It was pretty cute. Wish I had a picture to show you. She is now 16 years old and instead of iron, she gets her fun driving!

IRON FINGER-is useful for inserting into small projects for flattening seams. Out In The Hoop Purses & Bags look so much nicer if you insert an Iron Finger inside to get those inner seams to lay flat.

If the project you were making requires you to use WASHAWAY STABILIZER, then PLEASE make sure that you soak the project in warm water for about 15 minutes and then rinse completely to get the stabilizer out of your project. If you don’t do this and then try to press it you will have a wrinkled mess! If you aren’t sure what WS is you can click HERE to go to our Youtube Channel for a short video explanation.

A pressing cloth can be used in a variety of situations, most often to protect the fabric from the heat of the iron. It is also commonly used when pressing fusible interfacing to prevent the glue of the interfacing from getting onto the iron and ironing board.

Some of these tips have been excerpted from the new Craftsy Platform .

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