Best Pressed

I took a fine dress making class in 2013.  The information was so useful, I just wanted to share it with everyone.

I’ve seen so many garments that turned out so bad, because they failed to press their seams after each one.  My professor told us. When you want to make a great garment, you’ll spend 4x more time at the ironing board, than you will at the sewing machine.  I did this and I’m glad I did.

In the beginning, I wanted to just hurry up and get the garment done, that I was working on.  I wanted to take shortcuts, but I always turned out garments that really disappointed me and weren’t wearable.  I wanted a great garment, but I didn’t want to take the time to do things right.  After taking this class, I finally realized, I can’t have both.  I couldn’t take shortcuts and expect a professional looking garment.  I needed to take pride in my work. Sometimes, it takes hand sewing or hand basting or ironing after EVERY seam I sew, to get the best results.


This is how I was taught to iron after every seam  that I sew.

For every seam you sew, you’ll press it 4 times. Be sure to always use a pressing cloth. I didn’t use a pressing cloth because I just used a scrap of fabric.  It wasn’t a garment.

The first press.  After you sew the two pieces of fabric together, press, one side.  Press, don’t slide your iron over the seam.  Just hold and press.

Press 1

The second press. Now flip the fabric over and press the other side.

Press 2

The third press. Open the fabric and place the right side down.  Open and press the seam allowance open.

press 3 b

Sometimes, it’s easier to press it open on a sleeve roll or tailors ham

press 4 c

The forth press: Flip the fabric over and press the seam from the right side of the fabric.

press 6


press 7

I hope this helps! Have a great sewing day!


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