Ironing Tools And Tips (Video)

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The secret’s out: I love ironing! I shared some pro ironing tips with Cityline host Tracy Moore, plus I showed her three tools I love for making ironing easier: a tailor’s ham (sometimes called an ironing ham), a pressing cloth, and a sleeve board.

What should you look for when buying an iron? Choose an iron with:

  • A heavy weight
  • Lots of steam vents
  • A smooth surface that glides
  • Added features like a longer automatic shut-off, a larger water reservoir, and iTouch technology with scorch guards like the Oliso Smart Iron.

Want to make your clothes look better? Here are some of my pro tips for ironing your clothes:

  • To avoid getting those dents or impression lines down the side of your trousers, iron them inside-out.
  • Iron a shirt cuff inside-out first, then outside if needed. For a French cuff, open it up and iron the inside. Fold it in half and fold it again (so it’s now folded in quarters) then give it one big press from the outside so you get a good crease down the side of the cuff.
  • To iron delicate fabrics, put a pressing cloth over them between the iron and the garment.

Watch here…

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Tracy Moore:
To hear how passionate Denise is about ironing. I mean, the way you talk about it. Sewing and ironing, and you’re in this zone–

Denise Wild:
I love it.

Tracy:
—and you love it.

Denise:
I love it.

Tracy:
Whereas I can’t stand it. So my mother is an amazing ironer, but I’m even sure she doesn’t enjoy doing it.

Denise:
Right. Okay.

Tracy:
So we’re going to talk a little bit about tools that might be able to help you iron–

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
—and a few tips and tricks.

Denise:
I have some tips, but you first have to start with great tools.

Tracy:
Um, hum.

Denise:
And the right tools. So, a few things that people don’t know about when they’re doing some ironing. This is an awesome one. It’s called a tailor’s hammer, an ironing ham.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
And this is used to put under curves. So anywhere–

Tracy:
Oh, smart.

Denise:
—in your garment where there’s a curve – your bust, your hips–

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
—you put your garment overtop, and when you’re ironing, you don’t get a crease.

Tracy:
That is very smart.

Denise:
So it’s such a great little thing to use. I hear everyone going, ‘Oh, yeah!’

Tracy:
Hmm.

Denise:
Get one of these; they are awesome.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
Ah, then a pressing cloth. So, if you’re ironing something very delicate, some fabrics they actually change color with heat.

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
You don’t want to melt your fabric or scorch your fabric.

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
You can take a cotton pressing cloth – you can buy this at the fabric store or you can just use a bit of cotton or linen.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
You can put it directly on top so that you have something between your iron and your garment. This protects it.

Tracy:
Makes perfect sense.

Denise:
And then–

Tracy:
This.

Denise:
This is a sleeve board.

Tracy:
Ah!

Denise:
So handy when you’re doing your sleeves; you can just wrap them around there. Okay?

Tracy:
That is really smart. I’ve actually never seen one of these. I do iron, everybody. I do.

Denise:
Oh, no. I don’t believe you.

Tracy:
I iron, you know, my husband’s shirts once a year. From time to time.

Denise:
Once a year!

Tracy:
So that will be helpful.

Denise:
So I’ll have tips for cuffs after too, but–

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
—first, let’s talk about your iron.

Tracy:
So this is a very important part of the process.

Denise:
It’s such an important part. You have to make sure it has lots of weight, because you need to push down, you need that pressure; it has to have a smooth surface.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
It has to have lots of steam vents so that you can get that steam in and change the fibres, and change, you know, everything.

Tracy:
Get that heat going on it.

Denise:
Exactly. And then I have some awesome things to talk about, about this Oliso Iron.

Tracy:|
Okay.

Denise:
Because, this has – it’s kind of been like redesigned just for the sewer.

Tracy:
Nice.

Denise:
You have something called iTouch technology. So I want you to grab that. Just grab the handle.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
And, I don’t know if you noticed, it has little scorch guards they popped in.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
So when you’re ironing— let’s pretend you’re ironing this pressing cloth. You iron, iron, iron. If you forget your iron… You have to walk away for one second.

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
You take your hand off and just leave it there.

Tracy:
Oh!

Denise:
It pops up.

Tracy:
That’s so cool! It comes with its own stand.

Denise:
Exactly. So it has–

Tracy:
That’s awesome!

Denise:
—these scorch guards. They pop up and they protect your fabric –

Tracy:
Oh!

Denise:
—so it makes it easy, it makes it safe.

Tracy:
Really smart!

Denise:
Everyone loves it. See, it’s such a good feature. And it was actually designed by someone– the inventor, his mother is a sewer–

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
—so he thought about special features for sewers exactly, like a large water reservoir–

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
—a super long cord, it stays on longer than a regular iron so you don’t have to worry about walking away.

Tracy:
Right.

Denise:
But with these scorch guards, you know- you accidently knock your iron over, you don’t have to worry, because these little stands–

Tracy:
That’s actually brilliant. And it looks so easy, and you think to yourself, why didn’t someone–

Denise:
It makes it easier.

Tracy:
think of this thirty years ago?

Denise:
Yeah. It makes it easier.

Tracy:
That’s very smart.

Denise:
So, let me give you a couple quick tips.

Tracy:
Before you get to those, we’re actually going to draw for two of these Smart Irons –

Denise:
Yes!

Tracy:
—after the show today. So, yeah. Set your own iron with those little stands. Oliso, very cool!

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
Okay, so tips now.

Denise:
So, tips. When you’re ironing your pants: you know, down the side of your pants, you sometimes get that little crease on either side?

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
To prevent that, iron your pants from the inside. That crease is from this seam allowance on the inside.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
So, iron your pants from the inside, then you won’t get that crease.

Tracy:
Got it. So turn them inside out.

Denise:
Exactly. Turn them inside out to iron that; your inverted pleats or your box pleats.

Tracy:
Those are tough.

Denise:
When you have pleats like this, you want to make sure you don’t want to put creases in it. So, just spread out the fabric.

Tracy:
Um, hum.

Denise:
And just do it as much as you can. Just keep everything nice and flat. You don’t want those creases, because without the creases, that’s how you get that volume.

Tracy:
Oh, I see.

Denise:
Yeah.

Tracy:
So, spread it out?

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
So actually get rid of the pleats–

Denise:
Spread it out–

Tracy:
—and actually do it flat?

Denise:
—and get rid of all those creases.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
And then for cuffs, you want iron from the inside. So there’s all this extra fabric, you don’t want those wrinkles, iron them from the inside before you flip them to the outside to do a little touch up. If you have a French cuff, then you press it flat, press it into quarters, and then give a nice hot press – lots of pressure. And then you have a perfect crisp French cuff for when you do your husband’s once a year.

Tracy:
Oh, thank you.

Denise:
Or, I’ll come over. I’ll do them.

Tracy:
Oh, my gosh! Yes, Denise!

Denise:
Lock me in your basement. I’ll iron all of his shirts.

Tracy:
Absolutely! It is amazing that you actually get joy out of it.

Denise:
I do! I’m not joking.

Tracy:
It’s the tediousness of it.

Denise:
I love the tediousness.

Tracy:
But, maybe that’s what gets you into the zone right–

Denise:
I love it. Honest, I’m coming over. I’m coming over.

Tracy:
Yes, you are! Come on in here, guys. I want to know who else loves ironing.

Claire Tansey:
I love ironing!

Denise:
Yes!

Tracy:
What?

Claire Tansey:
Oh, my gosh! It’s so easy.

Tracy:
So, what’cha doing on Saturday?

Claire Tansey:
I just need a television.

Denise:
Yes.

Claire Tansey:
I need a television.

Denise:
And then, Netflix.

Tracy:
So, do you make it a big deal? Do you pour a glass of wine? Do you put on the TV? Your favorite show?

Claire Tansey:
This is getting better and better. Actually, yes.

Denise:
Netflix and iron.

Carson Arthur:
Oh, yeah.

Tracy:
Carson?

Carson Arthur:
No. My dry cleaners know me by first name. They just wave at me and I wave at them, and I roll up the car window and we’re done.

Claire Tansey:
Yes.

Carson Arthur:
So it’s perfect.

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
That makes sense for you, because you’re always wearing the button down shirt.

Carson Arthur:
Yes.

Tracy:
So, ironing would probably be a good thing for you to get into.

Carson Arthur:
Yeah, you know what I shop for?

Tracy:
What?

Carson Arthur:
Wrinkle free.

Claire Tansey:
Oh!

Denise:
That’s true. That’s true.

Tracy:
That works too.

Claire Tansey:
Good thinking!

Tracy:
Thank you so much for joining us today. Some really good tips.

Denise:
Thank you.

Tracy:
Have a great day. We’ll see you tomorrow.

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