Are you unfamiliar with the tailor's clapper? It helps keep the heat from the iron in the fabric just a little longer to give crisp edges. See it in use in The Little Black Dress Series
VIDEO: Part Two - Notions, French Seams & PressingIn Part Two of the Fifteen Part series about making your own Little Black (or Red...or Purple...) Dress with Angela Wolf, Angela discusses how to choose the right needles, thread and tailors chalk. She also teaches us how to make French seams, and tips on sewing & pressing silk. Machine used: PQ1500SLPRW
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