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tinyfaery's avatar

How can I iron the sleeves of a long-sleeved shirt without making crease marks?

Asked by tinyfaery (40942points) October 8th, 2008

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La_chica_gomela's avatar

My mom has an ironing board with an “arm” you put inside of the sleeve before ironing. I’m pretty sure that would address your question. Problem is, I can’t seem to find anything like that on google. I will continue to search.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Roll up a towel and put it inside the sleeve. Then rotate the sleeve around the towel as your iron.

You should find the arm la chica mentioned at a fabric store; it’s pretty common for sewers to uses.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Sorry. the link didn’t work; go to target.com and search ironing.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

“pressing arm” – aha. no wonder i didn’t find anything. that term has never been part of my vocabulary before…

La_chica_gomela's avatar

There it is, just like Alfreda said,
I think this link will work.

and it’s only $15.

tinyfaery's avatar

Ok. But how do you do it? Do you have one of those arms?

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Yes, you slide the arm inside the sleeve, iron the top, then roll the sleeve around a 1/4 turn, iron some more, and keep rotating the sleeve around the arm. I usually do the cuffs first, then the collar, then the sleeves, then the body of the shirt.

augustlan's avatar

If you don’t have the “arm” flatten the sleeve with the seam at one side. Do it with your hands, smoothing out bumps as you go, then iron it. Getting a more corporate job is causing you to learn lots of new skills, tiny!

AstroChuck's avatar

Iron it while worn.
And yes, it will burn. Don’t be such a wuss. You wanted an answer, didn’t you?

hoosier_banana's avatar

If you don’t want creases why not get a steamer?

10 minutes in the dryer then drying on a hanger is good enough for me, irons are horrible things.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Wait, I just want to make sure I understand the question. It sounds simple, but many times these aren’t.

Are you saying you want the shirt to not have any creases at all, as in, no one straight line that runs down the outside of the arm, or are you saying you just want the shirt to come out without wrinkles?

Because if your concern is wrinkles, then any normal ironing board will do.

tinyfaery's avatar

I don’t want a crease at all. I would like the sleeve to be smooth all around.

augustlan's avatar

Ah, then you need the “arm”.

bea2345's avatar

You can iron the sleeve without the crease and without using a sleeve board. You spread out the sleeve with the underarm seam uppermost, smooth it with your hands. Then pass the iron over the fabric, taking care to stay well within the outer edges. Using the tip of the iron, smooth the fabric at the underarm seam and at the wristband. Turn the sleeve over and repeat with the outer arm upward. Take your time, especially if the sleeve is very full. With the tip of the iron, smooth the gathers at the shoulder seam and wristband. Spread out the sleeve twice more, to treat the areas not ironed during the first two passes. With practice, sleeves take only a minute or two. BTW, iron tops, shirts in this order: collar, yoke, sleeves, front, back. That way the previously ironed parts don’t get creased again.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@bea2345: what’s the yoke?

tinyfaery's avatar

I think it’s that flat part on the back, just below the collar. But I could be wrong.

bea2345's avatar

@tinyfaery you are quite right

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