If you are like most people, you hate pressing clothes. You would much rather spend time working on a sewing machine like the Juki HZL F600, making great garments and other projects. Yet in order to achieve the best results from all of your efforts, you need to press your fabric. Pressing the right way is an important step when creating projects with Juki sewing machines.
Why Pressing Is Important
The success of any project made using sewing machines is dependent on two details: cutting the fabric correctly and stitching it together correctly. If you try to cut your fabric without pressing it, little wrinkles and creases can make your cuts less accurate and ultimately affect the way a project comes together.
Pressing seams before you stitch them also gives you the ability to mark and pin straight seams, reducing the chance they will be crooked. As simple and unnecessary as pressing may seem, you will be much happier watching your cuts and seams come together more evenly. Pressing can also be used to flatten a finished seam so the allowance lays well without adding bulk.
Pressing and Ironing Are Not the Same
Before you start pressing the fabric, it is important to use the right technique. There is a definite difference between pressing and ironing. Pressing is done only to flatten your fabric or make a crease before cutting it or sewing it under your Juki HZL F600, so it involves a lighter touch.
Pressing is just that, setting the iron down on the fabric to press it down and flatten or crease it without sliding it over the fabric. On the other hand, ironing involves pushing the iron across the fabric. Ironing can stretch fabric, which can affect your cuts and stitching, and make your project uneven. For the best results, always press and avoid ironing.
Learn Good Pressing Technique
Begin by confirming the fabric you are using can be pressed and will not be damaged by heat. If you aren’t sure, test it using a scrap of that fabric. To remove wrinkles or make creases when pressing, lay the fabric out on the ironing board or surface wrong side up. Set the iron down for a few seconds at a time without sliding it to remove any wrinkles and make crisp folds.
Actually lift the iron and move it, setting it down again to press another area. For stubborn wrinkles, use the steam function on the iron. Do this over the area you need to press and then cut or pin once it is smooth or well creased.
How To Press Seams
In addition to pressing fabric before cutting it or making creases for seams, it also allows you to make seam allowances flatter after sewing on Juki sewing machines. To press straight seams flat, open the fabric to the wrong side and either press the seam allowance open or to one side as indicated in the pattern. For curved seams, use a sleeve pressing roll or a tailor’s ham.
Depending on the amount of curve, you may want to make snips in the allowance so it can be pressed open without pulling the fabric and affecting the seam. Use the tailor’s ham to press darts so they retain their shape, pressing from the widest part to the point.
Before you decide you do not need to iron when making items on Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL F600, slow down and appreciate the way pressing can help. When done properly, pressing makes working with fabric easier and reduces some common issues like crooked cuts and messy seams.
You will make fewer mistakes that need to be fixed and your projects will look neater and more precise. As much as you may want to avoid pressing, irons and sewing machines really do go hand in hand!