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Nov 27, 2015

Irons vs. Garment Steamers

Readers, when it comes to sewing tools, I'm pretty old-school.

Sure, I own a serger (the ubiquitous Brother 1034D), but that's the only modern piece of equipment I use.

Oh, and my Black & Decker "Digital Advantage" D2030 iron.  Actually, the one I'm using now is my second.  The first one I owned, which I purchased in 2009, lasted roughly three years (of constant use), until the digital part conked out and I could no longer turn it on.  My current Black & Decker isn't fully functional anymore either.  About a year ago, the steam stopped pumping reliably.  Rather than purchase another iron, however, I just decided to use the iron without the steam.  I keep a spray bottle on my ironing table, and I either spray water directly onto my fabric or onto a press cloth.  This method works great and it's what I'm going to use until my iron completely dies, or I do.

Lately I've become aware of another option: garment steamers.  It seems that they can remove wrinkles from clothes easily and without the wear and tear that irons can cause to your garments over time.  And they work fast.

Like most home appliances, you can find cheap versions and costly versions, but the basic concept is the same: a tank of water is heated to boiling, the steam comes out of a tube, and you apply the steam to your garment (generally on a hanger).  There are also hand-held portable steamers but I don't know if those are as powerful.

As much as I hate the idea of bringing another plasticky Made in China appliance into my home, I do wonder if this is something that would enhance my sewing life.

There are two things I'm wondering: are steamers better at removing wrinkles from synthetics and synthetic blends (neither of which I tend to wear and/or sew with) than natural fibers, and, would I use a steamer on a regular basis: is the set-up easy and fast? (Actually that's three questions.)

I hang my pants on shirt hangers (folded over the top) and a lot of times this produces wrinkles that, if I had a steamer, would be a cinch to remove (I'm thinking).  I use my iron nearly every day, either to press my own clothes, Michael's, or my mother's, not to mention whatever sewing project I happen to be working on.  Would a steamer speed things up?

In closing, I ask you:

Do you own a garment steamer?

Do you iron less as a result of having one?

Is a garment steamer something you'd recommend to others (i.e., to me)?

Jump in!

Nov 24, 2015

The Impromptu Black Denim Jacket Project

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that two weeks ago I tried on a very cute Comme des Garcons jacket at Dover Street Market and decided to make something (somewhat) similar.
Here's the jacket.

Nov 21, 2015

What I've Been Sewing of Late

I always enjoy expanding my sewing horizons by taking on new challenges.

Nov 18, 2015

And the WINNER IS......!

Readers, while you're all deserving of prizes in my mind, sadly I had only one Kenneth King DVD to give away to a lucky MPB reader.

Today, I am happy to announce that the winner of the Smart Sewing With Fake Fur DVD is.......

Nov 16, 2015

Mackinaw Madness!

Readers, while I try to maintain a clear plotline here at Male Pattern Boldness, there are usually a few subplots going on, not all of which I discuss publicly. 

Nov 13, 2015


Friends, despite extensive negotiation between his people and my people, I am sad to report that I will not be able to give couture fashion designer Kenneth D. King away to any of my readers.  There's only one of him, alas, and he's a busy man.

However, thanks to the generosity of Mr. King, I am able to give away a sealed copy of his latest DVD, Smart Sewing with Fake Fur to one lucky MPB reader!

Nov 11, 2015

Neoprene Updates!

Now that my silver jeans are done, I'm thinking about my neoprene project again.

Nov 9, 2015

Peter Models the Silver Metallic Jeans!

My silver jeans are done and you can see me model them here!

Nov 6, 2015

WARNING: Silver Denim Can Be Blinding

I'm happy to report that my silver denim jeans are nearly finished.

Nov 3, 2015

Oct 31, 2015

Oct 28, 2015

My New Paisley Shirt -- from 1942!

A few weeks ago, longtime MPB reader Pam (who comments as erzulimojo) sent me extraordinary cotton paisley shirting she'd purchased in the UK a number of years ago and never used.

Oct 25, 2015

Things I Don't Get, Vol. 17 - People Who Wear Black All the Time

I know them.  You know them.  You may even be one of them!

Readers, what is it with people who wear black, like, all the time?

Oct 21, 2015

Peter Models (Belatedly) the Striped Knit Rugby Shirt!

Now that fall is here and, with it, cooler days, I finally found a weather-appropriate day to model my striped knit rugby shirt which, you may or may not recall, I completed late last summer.

You can view it today by clicking here.

Oct 18, 2015

What I've Been Sewing, et al.

It will come as no surprise that I've been sewing a lot of shirts lately.
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