8/14/13

Are You a Pressmatrix?


I definitely am.  There is barely a day that goes by that I do not iron a garment, even on the weekend because most likely I am sewing.  There are some meditative qualities about it, such as the repetitive movement, the hiss of steam and most importantly the disappearance of wrinkles and I walk away feeling as steam cleaned as my clothes.

What makes my ironing session great is having the right tools...   Music is a must, Ironing pad or board, good steam Iron, a Pressing cloth, Squirt bottle (a/k/a Ms. Squirty), Pants board and my Handy Dandy brush.  (Purchased this brush specifically for use on my clothing, for certain garments it works better than a lint brush)



Then there is the need to swap ironing paraphernalia for the appropriate garment, in this session I was ironing a blazer, so I pulled out my trusty ham, sleeve board and lint brush (Ms Squirty is always in reach)


Sometimes the ironing pad is swapped for the mini ironing board and there you see Ms. Squirty still hanging around.



When all else fail, I pull out the big gun ... the Tobi steamer and have metal tongs to help me hold the fabric... I am that serious about my ironing.


My standard ironing board is used primarily for ironing fabric and to make that less time consuming, (yes, you heard the pressmatrix right... there are some things that I like to rush through), I have aluminum foil sandwiched between my ironing covers.  Somewhere and some time ago, I learned that the foil reflects heat and you are basically ironing from two sides and it definitely speeds the process along.  

Oh, I can't forget my homemade ironing solutions:

  • Starch: Old spray bottle, 1 tbs of cornstarch for every 2 cups of water, stir well to dissolve & pour into spray bottle and done
  • Wrinkle Releaser: old spray bottle, 1 cup of water for every tsp of fabric softner, shake well and done.



So are you a Pressmatrix?  
If so, what are your favorite tools.  
If not what techniques do you use.

16 comments:

alethia said...

I am a pressmatrix. LOL! too funny. Thanks for the recipes.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Ooh - I have that Tobi! Dean's mother gave it to him for his birthday and he tossed it in his closet, so I snagged it! Thanks for the foil tip.

Opal said...

I am now, since I gave in and bought a rowenta. I iron everything that I can ...lol

Belinda B. said...

Thanks for the ironing tips I plan to implement these immediately.

Meigan said...

Aluminum foil??? That is an awesome tip. Thanks. :)

Adrienne said...

HAHAHAH yep! I am a pressmatrix.

theresa said...

Thanks for the recipe for "wrinkle release", I will have to try it.
Theresa in Tucson

Sheila said...

Hi Alethia and you are welcome.

Sheila said...

Hi Sister and you're welcome. I must admit, the pole on my Tobi became wonky. Guessing too many garments hanging from it. However, my guy replaced it with a steel pole and its perfect.

Sheila said...

Hi Opal, Rowentas are awesome, I received mine as a gift from a fabulous sewing diva and love it.

Sheila said...

Hi Belinda and you are welcome.

Sheila said...

Hi Meigan and you're welcome. Yes aluminum foil. My guy purchased the heavy duty foil.

Sheila said...

Hi Adrienne and welcome to the Pressmatrix club. .lol

Sheila said...

Hi Theresa and you are welcome.

Myra said...

Oh yea, I am definitely one! It's almost an addiction! Thanks for the tips Sheila!

Brandi said...

I'm not, but I should be. Probably comes from all the ironing I did as a child.