I’m a huge fan of the iron when it comes to sewing. In fact I couldn’t sew without ironing! When I sew at home I always have the ironing board set up and use it almost like a standing workbench.
Ironing and pressing, I think, is one of the main things that will give you super duper neat and professional looking finish on your handmade garments so any new gadgets that make that process easier are a winner in my book!
This week I’ve got two new Prym things that we have road tested in the studio.
The first one is great if you are looking for a space saver. It’s this Prym Ironing Blanket. I totally love that it's called a “blanket’ - makes it sound so cosy!
It’s a light and heat reflecting ironing underlay for ironing on all even surfaces. It is reversible too so you can use it on the sliver side or with the printed centimetre grid and angle markings facing up. It measures 90cm x 60cm and costs £25. (Find it in the shop here).
Everything is pretty self explanatory with this one. You just take it out the packet and your ready to go! As with most Prym products there is a handy YouTube video to give you the jist as well.
We did find that it had a bit of a funky smell on its first use but that will likely fade over time and it’s not too offensive.
The next little tool to get scrutinised are these Prym Silicone Finger guards.
Over time I think I’ve developed asbestos when it comes to ironing and pressing but these little guys are great for avoiding burns on your fingertips.
They are made from silicone and are like caps that you just slip on top of your fingers when you are pressing seams to hems. They cost £4.35 for a set of 3 (small, medium and large size in each pack) and you can find them in the shop in this link.
Really easy, just slip them out the packet, put them on and pump that steam button on the iron with no fear!
The picture on the packaging shows them on the first 3 fingers but as one of them is quite big I found it more useful to use on my thumb instead.
In the background of this picture is another really awesome ironing thing that I've started using too. It's a cover for your ironing board that has a grid printed on it. It's great! I'd highly recommend it. You can find it in the shop in this link. It costs £20.50 and can fit wider ironing boards up to 50cm wide - it has a draw string to pull it tight round the board.
What ironing gadgets do you use?
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