Welcome to Jacket’s Required, hello, I’m Dominic Lacquaniti, designer and tailor.
On this week’s episode of Jackets required TV I am going to explain the importance of pressing a garment.
Pressing is different than ironing.
Ironing gets the wrinkles out, but the movement of the iron while pushing down can distort the grainline of the fabric. This is less than desirable, since the fabric’s grainline is partially responsible for how your garment hangs.
In contrast to ironing, pressing smoothes or manipulates a specific area of the fabric in a controlled way. Think of garments where there are portions that are curved and not straight…impossible to iron, but not impossible to press. In fact, pressing those areas are critical in creating the proper form for the garment, such as a skirt or dress.
It is also important to note that Pressing seams after they’ve been sewn not only controls the seam allowances, but it also causes the thread to meld into the fabric.
This melding process is important, because without it, the thread just sits on the surface of the fabric.
If you’ve ever wondered why certain garments always look so “finished,” it’s a safe bet that each seam has been carefully pressed. And it’s especially important to press a seam before sewing another seam that will cross it. Tricks of the trade!
Lastly you should know that once a tailor presses a garment, it completely transforms. The steam breathes life into the fabric.
Proper pressing is an art in itself.
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