Originally Posted by alexei
Obviously I can figure out how the pants go in and I can choose what type of fabric for the settings, but how long should pants stay in to be pressed?
This is one of the great things about a trouser press: It doesn't matter. Leave them in until they're done. Unlike with ironing, there is no way you can damage your pants.
You can, however, put creases/wrinkles where you don't want them if you're not careful. This is the problem with many trouser presses, especially inexpensive ones. Unless you are extremely
careful to arrange your pants just so
, they will come out looking worse than when they went in.
Corby claims to have some patented stretcher bar system thingy that prevents this. I've looked closely, and I can't really see what the differences are. I can, however, tell you that I've had much, much less trouble with Corbys than with any other brand. So I guess there is something to it.
It's important to keep in mind what a trouser press can and can't do. It can't remove "crotch wrinkles" -- for whatever reason, a hot topic, today. It can't (really) put in a crease where there isn't one. They also don't really work on thicker material. But they do wonders in sharpening an existing crease and eliminating "baggy knees." This isn't so important with, say, tweed but it is a very big deal with finicky materials like super 160s.
I would go so far as to say that if you're going for these kinds of suitings, your tailor ought to throw in a good trouser press with every suit. It's crazy to spend a pile of money on expensive cloth just to guarantee that your pants will look like crap after you're worn them twice.