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OK, the chiffon kimono is in the washing machine to get the starch out. I
tried it on and it didn't look quite as nice as I had expected, but that may
have to do with the starch: it makes the poly chiffon look cheap. I hope
that it looks a fine and dandy tonight when I'll wear it. Mind you, I didn't
add any closure yet; I guess I'll have to make do with a brooch or some such
thing. Otherwise things went well; the satin collar looks good and I managed
to avoid topstitching it. I still wonder how the fabric will behave when
it's free of starch... We'll see; I'll keep you posted and put up a pic of
that one, too.

And now for something completely different: DH's wedding suit in dark blue
is to be it, and we found that I have to press it before he wears it. I wish
I had a more professional pressing equipment. The steam generator is fine,
but I need some decent sleeve board and other gadgets to get at the tricky
spots. Mind you, when I pressed open the first seams for the French seams I
used all around on the kimono I definitely longed for that little clover
iron Kate has... Alas, I have so many things on my birthday wish list that
I'm sure to get none of them at all. ;-)

U.


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You could try using rolled up newspaper or a magazine for a pressing roll.
I've heard this works, but haven't tried it.  HTH
Barbara in SC



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On 02/07/2011 16:59, Bobbie Sews More wrote:
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Wooden rolling pin wrapped in a lint free tea towel is better: hard
rather than squashy.  For suit sleeves I like a sleeve board as well...
  But for pressing a whole suit, I'd pop it down to my friendly local
dry cleaner, who is great, and get it in his steam cabinet!

Ursula, I'm certain your kimono looks fine: we are always our own worst
critics!

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Instead of a clover iron, consider getting a piece of half-round dowel or
wooden stair rail -- something with a curve to the top like 6519 here.  
It's very useful for pressing seams open, especially for something narrow
like french seams.  I don't know where you'd find it in Germany, but I
could get something similar at the local lumber yard for about $1/foot.  
Sand the wood smooth, leave it unfinished  and you're ready to go.  

I'd suggest a couple of lengths: one about 3 dm and one about 1m.  
Sometimes one size is easier than the other for a particular job.  

When you get around to getting a serger, though, you're likely to forget about
doing "proper" french seams... they go zippity zip when you do the first
stitching on a serger, and none of those annoying escaped ravels to carefully
pick out of the second stitching.

Kay

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Let's try this again...
http://www.westfiremfg.com/html/catalog_of_westfire_stair_part.htm

too much blood in the caffeine stream


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That is a great idea! I wonder why I didn't think of it before: When we
redid the staircase in our house, DH removed the more recent stair rail from
the wall that had been brought up to help his aged parents. Nice round beech
wood like # 6040, about 6 cm in diameter. We weren't sure what to do with
it; although it was nice to have it, our stairwell is to narrow that we are
not sorry for the additional space. So we moved it from here to there, not
willing to throw it out, but with no use for it. I'll grab one of the
shorter bits that used to be at the bottom of the stairs and mount it on a
piece of wood with a square profile. And I think I have a leftover rolling
pin so I can use that one, too.

Should I cover all items with 'ironing board fabric'?

Thanks to you, Kay, and to you, Kate. This is the greatest brain pool ever.
Oh, I'm so glad I know you all...

OK, I've got an unusually happy day today. Don't know why - DH and I were
out until 3 a.m. and got woken by a phone call at 8 a.m. from DSIL telling
us that something with DD was amiss. Nothing was wrong, it turned out when
they showed up here; in the end she just was a bit homesick, I guess. I
should be tired as anything but I'm OK. The evening was very nice, and I was
dressed quite well with my kimono. Since most of the participants were
master craftsmen with their wives and only two local politicians attending,
neither the food nor the entertainment was too fancy to make one
uncomfortable (they had a cold and warm buffet, with a roast suckling pig,
well, actually two of them, as a highlight). My DH who never goes out since
he gave up darts insisted on staying and they had to throw us out, more or
less, when it was literally getting light again about 3 a.m., along with the
other high ranking members of the guild. Little booze involved since that
was charged extra, and table water was free. They are a thrifty lot,
craftsmen, not wanting to call them a little stingy. ;-)

U. - and now we'll have breakfast, DH and me, just the two of us... ;-)


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With the flat bottom, you probably won't need to mount it on a board, at least
not in my experience.  Just sand any finish (varnish, shellac, paint) off
the wood so you can press on bare wood -- that gives you the flattest seam.

If I'm going to cover the pressing surface with anything (and I might, for
something really prone to snagging, like chiffon), I'd probably just use a
scrap of muslin, not "official" ironing board cover fabric.

Personally, I like the higher profile stair rail that I first mentioned
because the flat base is a bit wider and the taller silhouette makes it easier
for me to get my hand under the fabric when pressing, should I want to.

Then, when you decide how much you like your new seam stick, you can get
DH to sand all of your leftovers, cut it up and take it to sell to your
classmates. <g>

The bottom, flat piece also makes a good tailor's clapper, or you can
just sand a piece of thickish flat board smooth.  Kid's building blocks
often do nicely.  

The other wooden pressing shape I use often is the pointy part to the
left side here:  it's great for pressing shirt collar seams on when you
turn the collar.   The commercial ones all have a very flat profile on
top with a very square edge, and I sometimes used to get the edge shape
showing up on something that I pressed.  So I took some coarse sandpaper
and rounded the sharp edges that you see in the photo, then smoothed
it all out with fine sandpaper.  (Cabinet makers call that "relieving
the edge" here -- that tiny bit of rounding, instead of a 90 degree corner,
keeps paint and other finishes from cracking on corners.)  It stops the
edge from imprinting when I press a collar seam open.  
 http://gailpatrice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/1016.jpg

And here's a pattern for a tailor's ham and seam roll:
http://www.ca.uky.edu/HES/fcs/FACTSHTS/CT-MMB-214.pdf

Kay



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Oh Kay! You are a gem! I have only one or two questions:

"Kay Lancaster" wrote...
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I see your point. The rail we have is untreated, but still, you might be
right that it isn't as suitable as a rail with an omega profile. I spent
already some time online to find out where to get something like it. So far
I only found a company that sells exactly what I'd want but has a minimum
order volume of about 200.- for first orders. A bit more than I wanted, and
the company is located in Bavaria, which means I can't drop by and as them
for a bit of leftover material. :-( I'll have to check local DIYs but if
they fail I'll have to go to local cabinet maker shops. I'll try to do most
of it online or via phone; if I drive everywhere, the cost might easily
exceed the ones for a ready made object.

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Thank you for telling me that term; in German it is called 'Kanten brechen'
which translates literally as 'breaking the edges'. And I know how that is
done; relieved miles of edges during my years as a cabinet maker. <sigh> ;-)
Is the top of that thing in your picture slightly concave? And what is that
little white thing made of? It looks like a bone folder of some kind. I
wonder if I shouldn't try to make one myself... I still have some horse leg
bone from my re-enactment days somewhere.

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Now that is a real treasure. I guess I'll try to make my own ham and mitt.
And the instructions for that pressing board for all curves look easy enough
so I might try that one, too. I find the fact that the fabric objects are
filled with sawdust very interesting. OK, I've got to go, but I feel that I
can't thank you enough for your useful hints. Are you a pro or did you
acquire your knowledge on your way through life? Either way, your shared
knowledge helped me so much is so short a time (here my gratitude for the
tip with the starch comes through) that I shared the info with everybody
admiring my new outfit. ;-)

U.


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On 04/07/2011 07:32, Ursula Schrader wrote:
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Hang on!  Somewhere I have patterns for one of those things...  With
your skills and a bit of nice deal, you could make the whole thing.

OK, not quite what I was looking for, but here's a pattern to buy: >
http://www.fiber-images.com/Mall/008_tailor_tools.html

I'll go anmd have a look in the books...

And yes, bone would be good.  My white point turner is cow bone.
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Ah!  Now THAT was what I was remembering!  :D  Fankoo, Kay!  Have
downloaded it (prolly AGAIN!) for use by Himself!
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--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Oh Kay! You are a gem! I have only one or two questions:

"Kay Lancaster" wrote...
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I see your point. The rail we have is untreated, but still, you might be
right that it isn't as suitable as a rail with an omega profile. I spent
already some time online to find out where to get something like it. So far
I only found a company that sells exactly what I'd want but has a minimum
order volume of about 200.- for first orders. A bit more than I wanted, and
the company is located in Bavaria, which means I can't drop by and as them
for a bit of leftover material. :-( I'll have to check local DIYs but if
they fail I'll have to go to local cabinet maker shops. I'll try to do most
of it online or via phone; if I drive everywhere, the cost might easily
exceed the ones for a ready made object.

Quoted text here. Click to load it

Thank you for telling me that term; in German it is called 'Kanten brechen'
which translates literally as 'breaking the edges'. And I know how that is
done; relieved miles of edges during my years as a cabinet maker. <sigh> ;-)
Is the top of that thing in your picture slightly concave? And what is that
little white thing made of? It looks like a bone folder of some kind. I
wonder if I shouldn't try to make one myself... I still have some horse leg
bone from my re-enactment days somewhere.

Quoted text here. Click to load it

Now that is a real treasure. I guess I'll try to make my own ham and mitt.
And the instructions for that pressing board for all curves look easy enough
so I might try that one, too. I find the fact that the fabric objects are
filled with sawdust very interesting. OK, I've got to go, but I feel that I
can't thank you enough for your useful hints. Are you a pro or did you
acquire your knowledge on your way through life? Either way, your shared
knowledge helped me so much is so short a time (here my gratitude for the
tip with the starch comes through) that I shared the info with everybody
admiring my new outfit. ;-)

U.


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