Monday, March 10, 2014

Martha Stewart to the Rescue

Several years ago ... and I mean several ... I was watching the Martha Stewart show, the pre going to jail Martha. She was talking about pressing clothes and she would mist all the laundry that needed to be pressed with water and placed it in basket and pulled it out one by one. The idea was that the water would soften the wrinkles and make the whole pressing easier. 

So I got to thinking...if this worked for clothes why not quilt fabric. You know when you purchase fabric at your local quilt shop and they take great care in folding your fabric, you bring it home and it sits on your cutting table for awhile and you go to use it and it's loaded with creases? And even with steam you have hard time getting the wrinkles and creases out, even using Best Press there is still a hint of wrinkle. 

I grab my water bottle and go to spraying...

see all the creases?


I laid each fat quarter on the ironing board and heavily sprayed each one, layer them as I sprayed. I rolled them and let them sit for 10 minutes. I then pressed each fat quarter separately and laid them on my cutting table to be sliced up for a mystery project I'm working on.
So you tell me...does this work?

I often take yardage and spray the center fold with water and let it sit, or if I've pre-washed fabric and it's loaded with wrinkles from the dryer I give it a good spritz before I press.

So...what do you think...do you think you'll give this a try? 
Let me know if it works for you

Until Next Time
Be Kind


Kelly Ann

8 comments:

  1. Back in the day, when I was a child, my mom had an old Coke bottle filled with water with a cork stopper ... she'd poked small holes into the cork stopper so she could sprinkle her clothes before ironing. My iron (which I only use for quilting - no clothes ironing here - ha!) has a spritz feature which I frequently use ... it doesn't always help as much as I'd like, but maybe I need to let the fabric sit for a while. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. I totally forgot about that...my mother had a pepsi bottle, the cork had a little sprinkle think on top...thanks for bringing that memory back.
      Happy Quilting
      KA

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  2. As a child, I sprinkled all of my Dad's shirts until they were damp, put them in a basket and then started ironing. It took a long time but the shirts looked great. I never thought to try the same concept with fabric. I use heavy steam but may try this for stubborn creases.

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    1. Try and let me know..
      Happy Quilting
      KA

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  3. I do this, but I also like to use Best Press on that stubborn, pesky crease along the fold of 44" fabric. It works instantly. ( PS: Love "the pre going to jail Martha")

    BrendaLou

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    1. I do love me some Best Press...
      xoxo
      KA

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  4. This is an old tailor's trick, that I've used for years. In fact, I use my iron dry, no water in it, and so there's no steam either. I keep a spritzer bottle, like a plant sprayer, of water instead. Steam will only set those creases deeper. But a quick spritz gets them out easily. And no need to let it sit for a while. BTW, I also give my battings a spritz if they have heavy creases, and let them sit to dry.

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    1. Great tip on the batting...
      Happy Quilting
      KA

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