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How to Press Chiffon

by M.H. Dyer
Available in every color of the rainbow, chiffon scarves are soft and billowy.

Available in every color of the rainbow, chiffon scarves are soft and billowy.

A lightweight, transparent fabric, chiffon is used for elegant evening wear as well as dressy blouses, slacks, dresses, lingerie and scarves, and for lining jackets or other garments. Because of the fabric's superior draping qualities, chiffon garments often feature flared skirts, gathers, ruffles or soft pleats. Originally constructed from silk fibers, chiffon now comes in synthetics such as polyester and rayon. Although synthetics are sturdier and easier to handle than silk, ironing chiffon requires a gentle touch to avoid stretching, tearing and overheating.

Empty the iron's water tank and turn off its steam setting. Dry ironing is best, because chiffon is easily stained by water.

Set the iron away from the fabric and preheat it to the delicate or silk setting before you begin. Even a small amount of water left in the tank may create permanent water spots if it sizzles and sputters on the fabric during preheating.

Place the chiffon flat on the ironing board, and then smooth the fabric with your hands. Take your time, because wrinkles ironed into the fabric are difficult to remove.

Iron the chiffon carefully, using a light, delicate touch. Avoid pressing hard, because chiffon stretches easily and may not return to its original shape. Move the iron over the fabric using smooth strokes. Keep the iron moving -- stopping in one spot for too long may create scorch marks.

Hang your chiffon item on a padded hanger immediately to keep it wrinkle-free.

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