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Do you take your stuff to the cleaners or iron it yourself?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CarllraC, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. Quirk

    Quirk Senior member

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    $1.25 a shirt in Manhattan, hand-ironed? where is this place?

    I think Immigration probably wants to know too. [​IMG]
     
  2. Walter

    Walter Senior member

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    Don't you guys have a wife/GF to iron your shirts?
     
  3. wheelerray

    wheelerray Senior member

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    Don't you guys have a wife/GF to iron your shirts?

    My wife has every other skill and talent a man could ask for--except she cannot or will not iron clothes right. She claims I'm too picky, but my gawd, she even puts them on the hanger backward sometimes! [​IMG]
     
  4. Ivan Kipling

    Ivan Kipling Senior member

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    Always, always, always, myself. I'm a makeshift costume curator on the side, so pressing is something I know well. Nothing can destroy a garment faster, than a bad pressing experience. ALWAYS, use a pressing cloth, so as to avoid singeing your garments' fibers. A sleeve board is essential, in order to do sleeves properly. I NEVER press a sleeve, with a crease left in the cuff, or at the side of the sleeve. I cannot believe that some professional pressers, allow cuffs to leave their premises, pressed in such a manner. As if Bill Ford doesn't have enough troubles, I've seen his shirt cuffs pressed into oblivion, a sharp crease at dead center.

    I use a Rowenta iron. The best I've dealt with. Regarding women, my mother couldn't press a garment, well. My grandmother could; she used a heavy, old fashioned iron, heated with COAL. My sister's wrist is so tiny, that she can barely lift an iron, let alone press garments, properly. Some physical strength, is required here. I'm grateful that I learned to do these things, for myself.
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  5. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    I use many of the tips by Alex Kabbaz to iron my shirts. I've have too many broken buttons otherwise. Hey edmorel, who is your dry cleaner? Inquiring minds want to know (and exploit). [​IMG]
     
  6. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I spend time Saturday mornings steaming and brushing tailored clothing to minimize the need for cleaning but the shirts go out every week.
     
  7. lakewolf

    lakewolf Senior member

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    I Iron my shirts... my trousers also, and steam my jackets from time to time...
     
  8. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    Don't you guys have a wife/GF to iron your shirts?
    Thanks for the subtle sexism. I iron my own shirts because I learned how to on... be prepared... menswearhouse.com. It really is easy once you get the hang of it. Still, non iron shirts are a handy thing to have when you don't have tonnes of time.
     
  9. Tibo

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    Don't you guys have a wife/GF to iron your shirts?

    Classy ... In my case, the answer is double: yes to the first part of your sentence, no to the second one.
     
  10. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    This is probably the reason he doesn't have a wife or "GF".
     
  11. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Senior member

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    This is probably the reason he doesn't have a wife or "GF".
    Does "gf" have a derogatory ring to it? I use it quite frequently.
     
  12. TrueCustomTailorAtl

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    you must watch yourself when taking your clothes to the cleaners. If you keep taking your suits and trs to the cleaners over and over your draining the life out of the clothes. If you must take your clothes to the cleaners. Tell them you want your clothes spot cleaned and pressed. That way your keeping the life in your clothes and they will withstand and look better longer. Remember good clothes look good when there new but great clothes look good when there old too.

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  13. jmatt

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    Does "gf" have a derogatory ring to it? I use it quite frequently.
    I'm confused, why would my wife iron my shirts if I had a Gay Friend?
    Or - why would my Gay Friend iron my shirts if I had a wife?
     
  14. Dmax

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    I wash and iron all of my own clothing. My wife asks me to iron her stuff also She says: "Can you iron this Honey? You just do it better than me".

    Since I started to pay more attention to what people on the street wear, I have started to notice these funny creases in collars of some people's dress shirts. I guess the creases are created by the commercial steam press when they get their shirts dry cleaned.
     
  15. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    Does "gf" have a derogatory ring to it? I use it quite frequently.
    [​IMG] I simply put it in quotes. I did not imply in any way it was derogatory.
     
  16. Lucky Strike

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    [​IMG] I simply put it in quotes. I did not imply in any way it was derogatory.
    Oh, sorry, thanks.
     
  17. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Senior member

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    But I love it when the maid's been in: [​IMG]
     
  18. dapperdude

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    I launder and press my own shirts. I'm still working on my system. I have a top-loading washing machine, which I have heard is rough on clothes. I tried handwashing but found it too time-consuming and it didn't get my shirts as fresh as the washing machine.

    Putting them on plastic hangers and waiting till they are damp is best, but using the steam button on my iron and spraying with a light mist works well, too.

    I spend only a few minutes (10 or so) on each shirt, while watching TV or listening to music. I don't really care if it's perfect. One thing I have found is that the sleeves wrinkle the easiest, so it's best to do those last and then immediately hang the shirt up.

    "Does anyone else out there in SFland get more than one wearing of a shirt per cleaning?"

    I do, sometimes. Depends on the weather and how much I go outside. Since I live in a dry climate, I sweat less. Also, I found that I don't get armpit stains since I stopped using anti-perspirants.
     
  19. Bruce9241

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    How do you get the Wrinkle and creases out of Wool trousers?

    I've tried ironing them while spraying some water on them. I've tried putting them in the shower and letting the steam get them. Nothing is working.

    I hate taking my clothes to the cleaners because of all the chemicals.
     
  20. Sander

    Sander Senior member

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    Another thought on the order in which the individual parts of the shirts are ironed:
    I take the order presented in Bernhard Roetzels "The Gentleman" which is

    arms + respective cuff
    back
    collar
    right front
    left front

    this makes sense to me since the arms are the part which is most likely to wrinkle so it doesn't make sense to have them in perfect condition, the same applies to the back. The front is least likely to wrinkle plus it's the part of the shirt which is always visible (apart from cuffs and collar of course, but they don't wrinkle easily anyway, so you don't need to pay special attention to them).
    It takes me slightly more than 10 minutes to iron a damp shirt perfectly.
     

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