6 Ironing Tools ToSew More Efficiently
- a good iron
Of course, the iron is important. Have you ever tried ironing with a basic iron that does not steam or run? It’s just horror and we want to throw it out the window.
So, invest in a good iron, steam and maintain it to keep a clean sole and efficiency. Immediately, ironing becomes more pleasant. (and you can even iron the pieces before sewing them, it also helps a lot!)2. an ironing cushion, for curved seams
If you have to iron princess seams or pliers, you will quickly realize that it is not super obvious on an ironing board. You will need something round, like an ironing cushion. In English, this tool is called tailor’s ham.
You can buy one or make one (DIYhere) and you will see that you use it more often than you think.
- a jeannette for the sleeves
If you want to avoid wrinkles when ironing a sleeve, the solution is in a jeannette : it looks like an ironing board but much smaller and it is great for ironing the seam below the sleeves.
When you slip the sleeve in the jeannette, you can iron the inner seam without wrinkling and crumpling the rest of the sleeve.
- an ironing roll, for narrow places
Jeannettess are perfect for seaming the sleeves, but the ironing rollers are even more practical for super narrow places, like wrists or children’s clothes. One can also make one easily.
- a tailgate, for fun
This tool allows to obtain beautiful straight seams very sharp, almost brittle. It helps not to burn your fingers as it keeps the seam open for you. For clothes like jeans, you hit the door on the edge of the seam to flatten it. I found some on etsy.
- a tailor’s board, for the passes
It’s a tool I also found on etsy (in English, it’s a tailor board) and it’s really useful for ironing seams when sewing sleeves directly in the armhole or Passes and especially the Peter Pan passes. If you follow this link, you will see how it is used.