Pressing Matters

Proper pressing is one of the most important aspects of any sewing project… it can make the difference between creating something professional and it looking “Becky Home Ec-y”. Even the most inexpensive pressing ham can cost you around $12, but if you have some scraps on hand, you can make your own (plus it’s fun to coordinate your sewing roomtools)! Intrigued? Then you’ll definitely want to check out my latest article in Sew News (FebMarch 2012). I will give you a heads up, this is a very messy project as it uses sawdust as a filler so be prepared to move your work outside for stuffing. Speaking of sawdust, where can you get yours? If your spouse isn’t into woodworking, then you can try your hand at askingbegging at your local home improvement center. The man who helped me was reluctant to part with it since it’s ‘company policy’ that what’s inside the ‘vacuum’ is owned by the store… after he saw we had a cart full of other items, he was more willing to part with it. You can always substitute with fiberfill, but you’ll want to pack very firmly and smooth out any lumps and bumps.

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12 thoughts on “Pressing Matters

    1. Stacy

      I heard when I first started sewing – I think it stuck with me because I thought it was so funny!

  1. Betty

    Hey Stacy, I’m a new fan and I have gone back blog by blog and I’m in May of 07 right now. You rock woman. I don’t know where you get your energy, but keep on keeping on. I downloaded so many things you linked to and I’m very excited to work on them.

    I’m a bit stunned that in my sewing I have never ran across a pressing ham before. Granted I have been out of sewing seriously for years. I’m renewed, aside from a bad cold and surgery recovery, but thank you for helping this new found passion along.

    1. Stacy

      Thank you so much! I can’t wait to hear what you wind up working on first!

      As for the hams, I think they are under promoted. They are really great tools for pressing those unusual shaped items (like sleeves). I’ve thought about making a smaller one for when I work with doll size projects because the ‘standard’ size is just too big. Once you start working with them, you’ll never be able to press flat (on rounded seams at least) again!

  2. Betty

    I can’t wait to see what I do first either, lol. I have converted a guest bed into my sewing room. I got a futon from freecycle.org (awesome site). Used the comforter that was on the bed in there on the futon which matches the drapes and pillows and I had the doors taken off the closet a long time ago and put matching curtains up on it.
    The room has been a work in progress, but my machine is serviced as well as my serger. Made my own (with hubby’s help) a cutting table out of an old ironing board and a light oak top drilled on from underneath.
    When I get it all together and looking like I want, I will post it here. Thank you for encouraging that.

    Gentle Hugs, Betty

  3. Cazz Young

    will definitely try this. I once managed to completely transform a failed project with some intense and inventive ironing (sorry, from the UK – pressing).

    Love that the guy at the store said the vacuum contents were property of the store. ‘Elf and Safety gone mad!

    Really enjoying your blog, thank you

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