The following simple rules for ironing may be followed:
Iron first that part of the garment which will be least mussed by further handling or in which a little wrinkling will not seriously interfere with good results.
If the garment is trimmed, iron laces and embroideries first, as they dry out quickly because of their porous nature.
Leave as much of a garment folded as possible, to keep it moist. Sometimes it may be convenient to lay a piece of dampened cheese-cloth over any unironed part to keep it moist. Figs. 52-55 give some of the methods of folding various garments.
The method and order of ironing various articles is somewhat as follows:
Night dresses: Embroidery; sleeves; yoke; body.
Drawers: Trimming; tucks; body; band.
Skirts: Ruffle; hem; body.
Silk waists: Iron as a shirt waist on the wrong side while it is still damp.
Laces: Lay on a piece of flannel covered with a piece of cheese-cloth. Iron on the wrong side, and pull out points with the tip of the iron. Lace should be stretched and pinned out on a hard surface. Pull it out at each point and catch it down with a pin; or stretch it and roll it on a bottle.
Tablecloths: Use heavy irons, iron on both sides, iron partly dry on the wrong side and complete the process on the right side, to bring out the pattern. Fold the selvages together first. Fold all edges evenly, except when folding the lengthwise folds in half. Draw the upper half back about 1/2 inch in making the last fold, or that part will be pushed out of place, giving an uneven edge. The same rule applies to sheets, napkins, handkerchiefs, and the like. Tablecloths may be folded lengthwise twice and then rolled to avoid creases.
Napkins, handkerchiefs, and towels: Iron and fold as for tablecloths.
Sheets: The hems of sheets must be smoothly ironed. It is a good plan to iron only the hems when time is a consideration.
Flannels: Iron after laying a dampened cheese-cloth over them. If they are not covered with a damp cloth, iron them on the wrong side; have the iron only moderately hot. . Pillowcases: Iron smooth.
Fig. 52. - Methods of folding underwear.
Colored garments: Iron on the wrong side, when practicable, as to do so prevents fading. Do not have irons too hot.
Silk garments: Iron on the wrong side; to do so prevents shininess.
After being ironed, each article should be hung on a frame or clotheshorse to dry and air before it is put away. If hung in a poorly ventilated room, the clothes will have a bad odor.
Sprinkling may not be necessary when an ironing-machine is used for ironing, if the operator will remove the clothes from the line just at the right time, that is, while they are still damp. The process can be carried through so quickly that it is unnecessary to keep one garment damp while the other is being ironed.