The fabric has been fused.
The steam press arrived on Wednesday and I could barely wait for Friday night: fusing-party-time! Reporting from the field, it is clear that a clam-style steam press does speed and simplify the process. I placed the steam press on a table so I could sit and press. I had room to the right and the left for the fabric. And, there is plenty of space at the rear of the press for fabric.
The upper plate is the hot part with little holes for the steam, just like a regular iron. The bottom half is a plain old ironing board. Afterwards, very faint spots were visible on the right side of the coating fabric. They came from shots of steam. I used a brush to lift the nap and remove the evidence of over-zealous steaming. Even with brushing, the whole process only took a couple hours and it was a nice easy activity.
As soon as I can convince Pepper to move, I'll thread-trace (by hand) the stitching lines. I should be machine-stitching by the end of the day.
Part of me is thrilled with the steam press (the speed) and part of me is aghast (you took a shortcut to real tailoring? egads, woman!)
|yes - this is some seriously NICE fabric in a dark olive color.|
It was the only fabric available in the right color - thus the choice.
What do you think about fusing vs. interlining and hand-sewing? Aside from the the occupational hazards of fusing (blisters), what are the pros and cons of fusing versus hand-sewing an interlining? How will it affect long term wear? I am duplicating exactly what the manufacturer did, so it should be as good as a store-bought coat, right?
Enquiring minds want to know!