I love homemade bias tape, I really do. But one thing I do not love, is making it.
If you have been around for a while, then you probably know that I do not enjoy ironing. It has something to do with my childhood, and having to iron all of the clothes for our family of 6 growing up…every. single. weekend. I swear that pile was always halfway up the wall, no matter how much I pressed! Lol. I do not bemoan my Mom for giving me chores, not at all. It built character in me, and a strong work ethic. But that doesn’t mean I have to like ironing now. Ha!
All that aside, I still do it. Especially in my handmade creations. A freshly steamed seam can make all the different sometimes in a nice, crisp handmade creation vs. sloppy and shoddy work. Trust me, I do it both ways depending on my mood…and I am always, always, always happier with the projects that I took the time to press properly.
But sometimes, pressing those seams nice and tight can HURT! Like when you have to get your fingers close to the seam to keep it in place, bringing it in close connection with your iron and its emitting steam. Ouch, ouch, ouch. We do it, because we are seamstresses. Built seamstress tough. But I am here to tell you, there IS A BETTER WAY!
I just figured it out my friends, and I cannot wait to share.
How to NOT burn your fingers when ironing.
We’re looking at YOU bias tape.
How to keep your fingers from getting burned when ironing close seams (video):