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Between Friends with Eileen: Totally Tubular Pressing Station

Eileen hinted at it last week -- this week she's got a brand new product to show us! And she'll do it along with tips for our own embroidery along the way.

You'll love the Totally Tubular Pressing Station - it's the solution to getting a crisp professional finish in bag construction, purchased tubular accessories and more. Plus, the October DIME Door reveal at 18:00 minutes.

Eileen Debuts the Totally Tubular Pressing Station!

There are many tools for pressing, including: the sleeve board, June Tailor's Tailor Board -- but they're all made for clothing.  The Totally Tubular Pressing Station is made especially for bags. Create crisp corners, give form, and really make your bags look professional!

3 plastic plates, a post, and three boards:
13" x 1.5"
13" x 3"
13" x 6"
When you purchase it, you will need to assemble it. It comes with three screws, and pre-drilled holes.  All of the pieces are interchangeable.

Pro tips: 

Bag seams: Eileen suggests attaching strong, durable interfacing to all the sides of the bag, and then pressing the seam open, and zig-zagging the seam from the other side.  The Totally Tubular Pressing Station is a hard wood surface to support that, and give you a really strong, flat press.

Bag Corners: When you press the bottom and sides, you can press right up against the side of the boards -- at the ends, to really define the edges of the sides and bottom of the board.

Onesies:  The 6 inch press board is perfect for these.  The onesie slides right over this board. There's also a wool mat (sold separately) that you can use if you'd like to steam your item.

Children's Sizes:  It's hard to fit these over a standard ironing board, but they are perfect on the 6 inch board, or the smaller ones for sleeves.

Interfaced edges of embroidered necklines: You can use hard surface of the board to press the interfacing to the inside, giving a nice, crisp edge, so the interfacing isn't visibile.

The pieces are easy to interchange:

When you watch below, you'll instantly jump to where Eileen demonstrates how to do it.



Press on the board from the curved spot, (or for the 6" board, from the end opposite the post), push toward the post, and it snaps out.

Pull the skinny board on from the back, just as the opposite direction from how the other one came off.

If you notice the Pressing Station wobbling in the video, note that Eileen is using it on top of a padded surface, for sound purposes.  If you are using it on a non-padded table, it will be steady for you.

Keep the Totally Tubular Pressing station in a small box or bin, and quickly assemble it as needed. Eileen keeps it with her other pressing supplies: starch, pressing cloths, mini irons, pins.

One of Eileen's favorite things is creating solutions for our problems.  She's done it again, right?

If you're looking to find fun learning about embroidery in small spaces, follow this link!

Treasures from the Past:

The bookmarked link below takes you directly to the part of the video where Eileen displays and comments on another gorgous heirloom. 

Eileen shares with us another gorgeous monogrammed handkerchief, gifted to her by Richards Jarden of EmbroideryArts.

Here's the link for Eileen's blog, where she promised to answer questions posed today about My Lace Maker Software, with in a couple of weeks.

Janice B.

Thank you- I always enjoy your presentations.

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Kirsten S.

Hi Janice! I really enjoyed this one, too. I now have it all bookmarked an annotated, so the notes are available, and you can easily skip to the parts that interested you most, or that you wanted to see again.

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Heather B.

You're welcome, Janice. We're glad you enjoyed this presentation.

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