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    Default How do you presssesms openwithout burning your fingers?

    I am usually too lazy to press seams open, but when I must I scorch my fingers, especially on small blocks. How do you do it?

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    Default Re: How do you presssesms openwithout burning your fingers?

    I finger press first; then all it takes is a little guidance of the fingers with the iron following.

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    Default Re: How do you presssesms openwithout burning your fingers?

    Turn off the steam.

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    Default Re: How do you presssesms openwithout burning your fingers?

    I use the strip stick. Once you open one edge with your fingers the strip stick encourages the rest of the seam to fall open naturally so you don't have to run your finger along the whole seam. Most importantly because the surface is raised up the other seams that the iron crosses when ironing don't get flipped over like they do when ironing the seam open on a flat surface. It comes in three sizes

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    Default Re: How do you presssesms openwithout burning your fingers?

    I usually finger press small pieces, and I love my wooden presser tool for larger seams.

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    Default Re: How do you presssesms openwithout burning your fingers?

    It is pretty easy to make a pressing "stick", just take a fat dowel or broom stick and add some padding/cover and voila!

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    Default Re: How do you presssesms openwithout burning your fingers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Claire Hallman View Post
    It is pretty easy to make a pressing "stick", just take a fat dowel or broom stick and add some padding/cover and voila!
    I was tasked with making vestment stoles and that's exactly what I did, so that the edges would be really crisp and straight without topstitching (the person asking for the commission requested no TS). Now I use it for pretty much all my long straight seams.

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    Default Re: How do you presssesms openwithout burning your fingers?

    I have blue silicone finger cots that I keep in a little ashtray with stray pins etc. by my iron. Use on your index fingers. I think I got them at JoAnn's in the notions. They last a long time if you don't misplace them in your sewing room.

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    Default Re: How do you presssesms openwithout burning your fingers?

    I have one of those Clover irons that looks like a long stick with a 1" tiny iron on the end. I use it--unplugged and cold--to open the seam, followed closely with a full-size steam iron. My fingers are safely out of the way.
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