Pressing Seams Correctly – Techniques

Aug 16, 2021 | Theatrical Costumes

Cover Photo by Filip Mroz on Unsplash

Pressing seams correctly can make all the difference in making a garmet look professional. Doing each of these steps to every seam as you sew a garment will make the seams lie flat and will take out most puckering that occurs from sewing seams. This technique may seem like a lot of extra work, but it is well worth the trouble for the finished result.

  1. Using a good steam iron, sandwich press the seam. (Press the seam flat as it was sewn.) Recommendations for a good steam iron can be found here.
  1. Open the seam or push all seam fabric to either side, and press from the wrong side of the fabric
  1. Flip the garment over, and, using a pressing cloth (a clean old t-shirt will do, or a large square of white silk organza), press the right side of the seam