Pressing Hems – The art of a perfectly smooth hemline

When you are finished stitching a hem, press in the following order:

  1. Press the inside (the side toward the body)–
  • To ease the excess fabric between the stitches. This helps prevent creasing when pressing from the right side.
  • To test the garment fabric for shining or melting, allowing you to lower the temperature before you press the right side.
  • To set the crease at the bottom for a crisper edge.

 

  1. After pressing a hem —
    • and before moving the garment, blow on the hem to cool it off. This will set the hem and prevent puckers. (It is the steam remaining in the garment that makes it pucker.)
    • Turn the garment with the right side out, and drape it over the ironing board.

 

  1. Press the outside —
  • with a press cloth to prevent scorching and shining.
  • blow on the garment each time you need to move it, as in step 2.
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