Press Seams?
Posted: 19 June 2011 10:44 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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When sewing with nylon fabrics like M90, ripstop, silnylon, etc, should you use an iron to press the seams so they are easier to work with?

If so, any recommendations on iron settings or other tips?

If not, any tips on working with these fabrics when using seams like flat-fell or French seams?

Thanks, much appreciated!

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Posted: 20 June 2011 03:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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I often use an iron on a cool setting to press seams prior to sewing, especially on finished seams like flat felled or french.  This is a great way to get a perfect seam.

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Posted: 21 June 2011 12:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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So the iron (even on cool) won’t damage the fabrics?

And any particular kind of iron you would recommend?

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Posted: 21 June 2011 10:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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I’m sure it’s possible to damage some fabrics with an iron, but you can check by setting it on low, testing on scrap, etc.  For the types of things you an get at thru-hiker you shouldn’t have a problem as long as the iron is cool.

In that light, an iron that you can set reliably on a cool temperature is advisable.

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Posted: 22 June 2011 01:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Thanks, Ayce - that’s what I’ll look for!

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