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06-30-2002, 01:39 AM
Hi, how do you remove wrinkles from satin and velvet? *freaks out*

06-30-2002, 04:57 AM
Oooo, velvet, good question cause i am wndering the same thing O.o

with satin though, i have ironed satin with light iron settings (no water of course) and a piece of fabric between the iron and the satin is always a safe way to go. so the iron might need to be turned up a little higher. pillowcases work nice as the protection layer of fabric, and thin sheets. ^^

06-30-2002, 11:37 AM
Check MIchiMizer's post (about halfway down the first "costume help" page) for my techniques for ironing satin. As for velvet, here's what www.hgtv.com has to say:

Velvet doesn't like the iron at all; the slightest touch from an iron will ruin this delicate fabric. A hand-held steamer is a great option for velvet and other difficult-to-iron fabrics, especially when traveling. When purchasing a hand-held steamer, select one that produces the most steam. One key point to remember: do not hold the steamer directly on velvet fabric surfaces.

06-30-2002, 11:39 AM
oops, got cut off there... here's the continuation of that piece...

Needle board is the perfect accessory for pressing velvet because it lifts the nap of the velvet off the ironing surface, giving it room to breathe. Place velvet, nap side down, over the needle board. Without touching the iron to the velvet backing, hold iron over the fabric and blast it with steam. Be especially cautious not to touch the velvet with the iron, as doing so will damage the fabric.

Hope that helps... I think I'll try to remember not to get my B. Jenet dress wrinkled in the first place, this looks like a lot of work 0_o Ganbare

Sin Girl
07-01-2002, 10:45 AM
Or if you don't have a steamer, take a steamy hot shower and hang the fabric flat next to the shower. Let it get all steamy and then leave it there for a few hours. also works on PVC and latex.

07-01-2002, 01:36 PM
> also works on PVC and latex.

I've done this for many fabrics but never thought of doing it to PVC... I will have to try... my coat for AX is already wrinkled because it is too long to hang up in my closet. (and my cat loves to sit on / cuddle with vinyl and PVC)