How do you remove hot iron mark on black polyester skirt?
Lisa from Camp Hill, PA
Polyester is a synthetic, related to nylon, sort of in the plastic family, and because it melts, nothing
can revive it if it won't brush out using a gentle nail cleaning brush against the nap. If melted really badly try thinking of adding something over the bad spot that would make it useful regardless, such as: an all black velveteen/ribbon/sequin or other texture such as satin or lace? Applique to both skirt and a
"matching" black blouse onto which you've duplicated and added the same but smaller applique. Free formed designs or offset geometrics, should at least save the skirt, rather than tossing. You should be able to find "fabric glue" at a fabric shop to help set the applique.
Then use narrow AND wide ribbon over the seams of whatever pattern you have chosen? If the black skirt fabric is Polyester Chiffon, the glue should be sufficient. If the fabric is thicker than that, better glue it well and make sure the glue will dry clean and/or wash, which it usually does! The ribbon can usually also be glued down. Use a medium thin coating of glue, as per bottle instructions, and when completely dry, cover with waxed paper and weight the whole design down with the very iron that made the print!
A totally different idea is to find small animal print fabric or ribbon and trim with a contrasting ribbon, string, fabric, or natural beads adding the matching applique AND perhaps beads to the neckline and/or sleeve edges.
Don't fret too much because we have almost all done this at one time or another. Such is life and
learning. God bless you with your decision. (11/09/2006)
Dip a white cloth in a mixture of 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water. Wring out. Lay over damaged spot and steam with warm iron. (02/29/2008)
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