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Hand Held Steamer: Getting Out Wrinkles

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I thought I'd share something most forum members might find useful.
Recently I acquired a fine suit and it came from Germany packaged in FedEx box really too small for it. The jacket and trousers were folded so many times that the wool was wrinkled in many areas. I recalled reading a thread somewhere here on the subject of clothes steamers and found one on the internet and ordered. Today I removed all the wrinkles on my fine Italian suit within a few minutes. Highly recommeded. It's the hand held model made in the U.S. of A. called Jiffy Esteam and retails for about $70. It takes about a cup of tap or distilled water to reach steaming vapor in a few minutes and you just lightly touch the garment and make a few vertical passes. It's the perfect size at about 12 inches in length with large handle and a generous nine foot chord. Best of all you can travel with it.
post #2 of 14
Thanks for sharing. There is a kiosk selling these at the local mall.
post #3 of 14
is that steamer effective on shirts? Not just getting out wrinkles but adding a nice crispness like an iron does.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
I acquired the Jiffy portable steamer for my fine suits and cashmere coats, ties and scarfs. For pressing my Kiton and Fray dress shirts I stick to my trusty Rowenta after handwashing. The steamer works well taking wrinkles out of the dress shirts that have been folded for travel or storage but it doesn't replace careful ironing for that crispness you want.
post #5 of 14
I have a similar one made by Sunbeam that does the job. It's no replacement for proper ironing/dry cleaning, but it's best suited to remove shirt wrinkles. Removing wrinkles from jackets takes some effort.
post #6 of 14
I have one, and like it alot
post #7 of 14
I too have a Jiffy steamer. It must be a bigger model as it is not suitable for traveling. In addition to being good for suits, shirts and other things, it also is good to help remove the shine you get from ironing on wool.
post #8 of 14
Would they work to create that rumpled look I like on my casual shirts?

What I mean is... I am too lazy to iron my casual shirts, and sending them out to launder commercially results in that dress shirt "crisp" look I do not like in some of my casual shirts.

If I washed my casual shirts regularly at home and then used the hand-held steamer, would I get that slightly crumpled look? Or does it only work in removing wrinkles from an otherwise already pressed shirt?
post #9 of 14
perhap some1 should sell or give 1 to thom browne! i have got a couple 1 at the office and 1 at home i think they are great esp when the misses is not around
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Sartorially Challenged
If I washed my casual shirts regularly at home and then used the hand-held steamer, would I get that slightly crumpled look? Or does it only work in removing wrinkles from an otherwise already pressed shirt?
Try hang-drying your shirts. For a bit less "crumpling", toss them in the dryer for a few minutes before hanging.
post #11 of 14
Tried that already. A bit too crumpled looking. I know I am being finicky, but I am going for that slightly crumpled look -- somewhere between the hang-dried, slightly-machined dried look AND the commercially laundered look.

Would the hand steamer work in creating that look?
post #12 of 14
The easiest way to achieve the look you want is to send the shirts out, no starch, then steam them at home.
post #13 of 14
I'm glad to hear about this gadget. I have owned hand held steamers. Had bad luck, with them. One of them spewed water all over a jacket, virtually destroying it. This was years ago . . . I shall look into this model. Thanks for the tip!
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Sartorially Challenged
somewhere between the hang-dried, slightly-machined dried look AND the commercially laundered look.

Hang dry and then use a warm iron (medium heat setting, no steam) to touch up the shirt.
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