Originally Posted by mmkn
I have learned from my maker how laborious this whole process is.
Is there a way to send the suits to the pressing line of a factory to get them done? I am suprised that these factories do not offer this service, or do they? Get your suit cleaned by a local cleaner just for cleaning, then send them to the factory for pressing.
There used to be a place here in town that would do buttonholes, finishing and pressing for a lot of the tailors, and they took in a lot of people's post-cleaning pressing as well. I don't know if they are still around; with all these factory bankruptcies, however, there is going to be a lot of equipment sold off cheap soon. Someone could start a service.
Originally Posted by literasyme
as I understand it, dry cleaning isn't really "dry" -- so when cleaners press a coat, do they basically redo the shaping given it by its maker in every case?
Cleaners operate in all sorts of different ways, some better than others. I recommend that they not press at all after cleaning and have a tailor do the pressing. Of course, the amount you spend on maintenance should be relative to the value of the garment. Let the cleaners have at the $179 suit from Macy's, but if you spend on bespoke or top makers, spend the extra money to get a good pressing once a year. In between proper pressings, you can carefully touch up little wrinkles yourself.