10 April 2016

Polyester and pressing...

... do not mix.  At all.  I'm working on Simplicity 2153 and having a helluva of a time trying to press this shiny polyester quilted fabric.  This stuff is THE DEVIL.  Let me tell you.  I press and clap and press and steam and press.  The fabric just bounces back out of submission.

  
Pure.  Evil.

Pressing is a necessary step that I follow religiously when sewing.  This jacket is really testing my patience - so much so that I am considering abandoning it all together.  I don't have time to be foolin' with some unruly fabric!

I had such high hopes for this too.  I bought the fabric in NYC last summer with the sole intention of making this pattern.  I bought all of the hardware, matching zipper, and everything.  Bah! 

Working with difficult fabric is a sure-fire way to send my sewjo packing.  This coat is happening, but in cotton denim instead.  

How do you handle difficult fabric?  Would you keep going?

L 

 

 

21 comments:

  1. I totally see this becoming a bag, either a backpack or a tote that is longer than it is tall. You would not need to press it. And if you put piping in between each seam, it would look amazeballs.

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    1. Yes, this is it. The pieces are big enough that I think I can get a small tote out of what's left. Thank you!

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  2. Cut and run!!!

    For me, sewing is a hobby. An enjoyable one. I don't like making myself crazy in the spirit of "finishing a UFO". Denim will be nice to work with.

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    1. Yaaaas. I want to keep enjoying this and the fabric was not letting that happen. I removed the lining and set that mess aside. =)

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  3. Fortunately I haven't run into any that has been that misbehaving but I do sympathize with you on this project!

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    1. I was so caught up in how the jacket would look, I didn't think about the construction and pressing. This stuff did not want to behave!

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  4. Oh I hear your pain! I don't know whether you want to do this but edgestitching along the seamlines would keep things flat.

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    1. It sewed nicely, but I wasn't patient with it enough to continue. I like Kyle's idea of making it into a bag.

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  5. I agree with Tomasa. Lots and lots of edge stitching and topstitching. In a battle with this polyester, you will never win.

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    1. Agreed! I have several pieces of polyester bouclé that respond way better than this fabric. The fabric is layered with heat-resistant fibers in between. The fibers were everywhere and contributed to the springiness. Polyester won this battle.

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  6. I hate this fabric is misbehaving, but the fabric looks so good! I don't have anything to add, other like others have mentioned: edge stitching to help the fabric behave a little more..

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    1. It's already relegated to "the pile." LOL

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  7. Finally, my new computer is here and John set it all up for me over the weekend - I did some sewing and his bookkeeping :). Fair swap, I say. So I have been missing in sewing blogland.

    Sorry about this jacket. What I have done with fabrics that behave badly is topstitching the seams - and sometimes laying the garment under heavy weights afterwards. That woudl go with the look of the fabric. Worth trying on a scrap to see if it works. If not, I think Kyle has made a good suggestion. It would be a pity though, it's such a great looking fabric. X

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    1. I probably would have been okay with the seams serged to one side and topstitched. The pockets were giving me problems and I gave up. I figured if I couldn't get a good press with the pockets, the collar, sleeves, and hem would be the same.

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  8. This makes me sad. I suggest putting it aside while completing another project before making a decision. I love your choice in style of pattern and can see why you chose the combination.

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    1. Don't be sad! Be glad you aren't cursing along with me. =) I've since cut the pattern out in a well-behaved denim. Things are going so much more smoothly now!

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  9. Yes I agree with you… Polyester fabrics sometimes are very difficult to press! Since I hate UFOs, I would probably go ahead and finish it using the suggestions of others above by topstitching more. If it's not to your liking once you've completed it, you could always donate it. I am positive someone will love it because this is a gorgeous fabric!

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    1. I hate UFOs too, but I am not going to finish it. I wouldn't enjoy working on it and probably wouldn't sew. I've set it aside and started working on something else. The fabric really is lovely!

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  10. Polyester is the devil and must be shunned. Unless you are making a raincoat :)
    Seriously I would do a quick and rough finish to perfect the fit then make it from a natural fibre.

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    1. LOL, yes it is! Aaah, you're right. I should have at least sewn the shell and sleeves to check the fit. I made a muslin and alterations, but I didn't make a second muslin. Oops. =)

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  11. Glad you posted your project. Looks like I have that same fabric in brown. Also thought of making a jacket... I will put it back in the stash. Looking forward to the bag.

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