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    Pressing sheet

    What do you use as a pressing sheet?

    I am starting a Toni Whitney (Mistral) pattern, and it suggests a pressing sheet. But the 27 x 30 sheet is about $50. Any recommendations on substitutions?

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    I bought my first pressing sheet at Joanns with a coupon. Of course on a day I needed it it was hiding somewhere and I looks for days and couldn't find it ( maybe some sewing room organizing or cleaning is in order, LOL). I went to Hobby Lobby and bought another once again with coupon. I don't think either one cost more than 20.00. But I do think they are only about 17 x 20. Also, someone here posted recently about being able to use parchment paper to do the same thing as a pressing sheet. Maybe that would be an option for you. BTW, have many Whitney patterns, especially the animal ones, love them and they do work up pretty easily. Good luck.
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    The best thing I have ever found for a press cloth is a piece of plain white COTTON organdy fabric. The trick is to find some. There are a couple of vendors online that carry it. Serge, hem, or trim the edges with pinking shears. Then wash the new fabric to remove the starch. You will end up with a thin fabric you can see through. I will not stick to your iron.
    My mother taught me this about 60 yrs ago and it still works great. Also, anything bigger than the surface of your ironing surface is overkill so 17x30 would be big enough. You could get two out of a yard of organdy.
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    Thank you peacebypiece great info!!!!!

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    what a great idea, peacebypiece!
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    Quote Originally Posted by peacebypiece View Post
    The best thing I have ever found for a press cloth is a piece of plain white COTTON organdy fabric. The trick is to find some. There are a couple of vendors online that carry it. Serge, hem, or trim the edges with pinking shears. Then wash the new fabric to remove the starch. You will end up with a thin fabric you can see through. I will not stick to your iron.
    My mother taught me this about 60 yrs ago and it still works great. Also, anything bigger than the surface of your ironing surface is overkill so 17x30 would be big enough. You could get two out of a yard of organdy.
    That's great for a pressing *cloth* but it's totally not going to work for a fusible applique pressing sheet.

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    i have Scissor Queen's pressing sheet and it works well. you can see through it too which works great for placement.

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    Parchment paper.

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    Scissor Queen is right; you need a true applique pressing sheet, the larger the better. Bear Threads makes good ones. They can be had for much less than retail, but you have to search the internet for them. It's hard to find the large size, but totally worth it.

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