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PRESSING / IRONING TOOLS
Pressing is the process of removing wrin-kles from stitched garments. Pressing or ironing is the last step in dress designing. It is very important because it results in a neat finish and enhances the look of the garment. The most common pressing tools are iron box, iron board, sleeve board, seam roll and press cloth (Figure 6.6).
Iron box is made up of metal (Aluminium, steel or copper). It is heated with char-coal. Today Teflon coated iron boxes are available. This is heated by steam. Electrical iron box is the best for ironing.
For ironing special boards are also available in shop. They have padded tops, covered with suitable fabric. This helps in ironing. The height varies based upon the height of the user. It should be kept in a perfect place without any ups and downs in the board.
Sleeve board is used to iron the narrow parts and sleeves. It is similar to an iron board.
Seam roller is a soft cushioned oval shaped board. It is used for ironing the small parts in a garment. Ironing, helps to press down the seam allowance on wrong side of the fabric.
Press cloth is a fabric piece which is used to press the garment to be ironed in a damp condition. This fabric shall be colour fast without starch.
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