Chances are that you grew up hearing the words "iron" and "press" used interchangeably when referring to taking the wrinkles out of a garment with heat so it looks crisp and tidy when worn. Yet if you make fabric projects using sewing machines like the Janome HD1000, pressing and ironing are two different things.
As insignificant as this may seem, you need to know the difference in these terms to avoid problems with your material when using Janome sewing machines.
What Is The Difference?
To understand each process and when it should be used for items sewn on sewing machines, a sewist must learn the difference between ironing and pressing.
- Ironing - Ironing involves using a hot iron to remove creases and wrinkles from fabric with either dry or steam. It involves putting some pressure on the iron, then sliding it back and forth across the fabric to smooth it out. This is usually what most people think of when they refer to both ironing and pressing.
- Pressing - On the other hand, pressing is just what it sounds like. It is usually done with a dry iron and is a process that involves flattening and smoothing the fabric by putting the iron down to add heat and pressure rather than sliding the hot iron on the fabric. Pressing is used to flatten seams and other small areas while sewing a project on a Janome HD1000.
Press - Don’t Iron!
Although it is fine to iron your items once they are finished, you should avoid it while still sewing a project. Ironing can cause your fabric to stretch and warp, affecting the way the pieces come together once it is time to sew them. It can even cause garments to drape incorrectly when finished, making them look as though they do not fit properly. Pressing by setting the iron down and lifting it back up again does not distort the fabric grain in any way.
Press the Right Way
Make sure you always get great results when you press projects being sewn on quality Janome sewing machines by following these easy pressing tips:
- Set your iron down directly on the fabric and lift it back up without pushing or pulling it to avoid stretching or warping the fabric. For thicker seams or stiffer fabric, apply a bit of pressure to the iron with no movement.
- Press on the wrong side of the fabric to prevent accidentally damaging the right side. Use a pressing cloth if you have to press the right side of the fabric.
- Not all fabrics respond well to pressing. Test a scrap of your fabric first to see how it will react when you apply heat.
- Make pressing easier with the right accessories. Press flat items on a pressing board. Use a sleeve board to press sleeves and similar parts of your project. A pressing ham should be used to press curved seams. If you need to push out small, tight corners to press them flat, use a pressing bar. By using the right items, you can quickly press your seams and keep right on sewing.
- Avoid pressing over pins in the fabric. They can damage both the fabric and the iron. Slide the pins out of the area you want to press, flatten it, and then replace the pins.
- Keep your iron and pressing board set up close to your Janome HD1000 so you have no excuse to skip pressing.
Now that you know the difference between pressing and ironing when working with sewing machines, press on. When sewing with Janome sewing machines, pressing ensures professional-looking results without the risk of warping your fabric!