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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