How to Iron a Permanent Crease

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated March 21, 2016)

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With dress pants, there is that crease that's always there that's sometimes hard to put in there yourself. Often the solution is to just take your pants to the dry cleaners and have them do it. However, there are a couple of ways that you can actually iron that permanent crease yourself and it's not that difficult!

The best way to iron the crease is to use some starch and iron the crease into the pant. You can use the paperclip trick (placing the paperclips along the line of the desired crease to give you direction as you iron) and then apply the starch to the spot as you iron. This is probably the best way to go because it's quick and starch is meant for fabrics anyway. You won't be adding any substance to your fabric that's not meant to be there. When combining the paperclip trick and the starch trick, you'll have no problem creating that permanent crease as you iron

Another way to create that permanent crease is to mix one-third cup of vinegar to two-thirds cup of water. Using a spray bottle, dampen the fabric in the area that you require the permanent crease. Cover with some brown paper or similar and iron. This method is a little less recommended because then your pants will smell like vinegar and you'll want to wash your pants anyway, necessitating another ironing venture. Vinegar fixes a lot of things, but when it comes to ironing it into your clothes, think twice.

Creating the permanent crease you want for your dress pants isn't a secret of the dry cleaners. It's actually achievable in your own home and doesn't take too much extra effort on your part. This way you can wash your dress pants regularly at home and still be able to have that professional look. Hooray for the permanent crease!

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What is 7 + 8?

2016-06-30 14:33:21

Thomas

In the Service, in the 1967 to 1971, there was a product available in PX called Perma Starch. Wash, Spray on new clean uniform and never have to iron again. it retained the fresh ironed look until replaced. Remove from fabric with denatured alcohol


2016-06-26 19:45:11

Laurel

Did not tell how to get the same permanent crease I get when I buy new pants and pay for the crease


2016-03-30 17:58:06

ALLAN

My Mom used vinegar on my Dad's Air Force uniform shirts for many years. I don't remember him ever smelling like vinegar.


2016-03-21 09:09:58

Joanne

Using vinegar to set creases in material has been used for a very long time--because it works. The smell dissipates quite quickly, contrary to your article. It is also good to use to remove creases, such as in hems.


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