Sunday, May 17, 2009

So... what's under YOUR Rajah Cloth??

I've spoken of Rajah Cloths before....

Today I used one to press the RIGHT SIDE of a PVC strap (with the iron on a wool setting). It worked a treat! I was so impressed I took a photo. Tomorrow I'm going to try it on a COTTON setting....
Edited to add - Cotton and linen settings didn't melt the vinyl when the rajah cloth was put to the test today. Magic, I tell you....


Rajah cloths are a chemically treated cloth that somehow MAGICALLY take the sting out of a hot iron while still allowing the heat to do its work. Don't ask me how - just get one. You'll be amazed.

(Yes - we sell them. See details here).

13 comments:

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

What's under mine? Coming from a serial scorcher, I can tell you everything! They are magic.

I Should Be Cleaning Up said...

So cool! Thanks for all your tips! (I work a lot with vinyl) You really have helped me choose things for projects that I wouldn't have had a clue about otherwise.

beccasauras said...

After my lesson last week, I know I need a Rajah cloth, but need an ELna Press too! Have op shopped in Greensborough, and have a hunter in Sydney:). Your Rajah's have done a few jobs, that's for sure.

Christie said...

your advice is away fantastic nikki

i love mine

PS bec: my mum has an elna press, i should 'borrow' it!

handmaiden said...

since i bought mine from you i use it all the time especially to press heat sensitive fabrics....but i have to say mine is not pristine white as yours is!
its an wssentialpart of my kit now along with yr applique mat

Tania said...

Hail Ye, Font Of All Knowledge... (thanks yet again for the (approximately) fifty-seventh top tip!)

My Black Cardigan said...

Rajah cloths sound like something Aladdin would give Princess Jasmine!

Silly comment but thought it might make you laugh...

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

Wow! That does sound like magic :-) Nice find!

Katherine said...

I will admit my ignorance - I have not heard of Rajah cloth. Now your post has me wanting one! Boy, would this be a handy tool to have.

Thanks for sharing great tips, info and techniques, Nikki! I love learning of ways and tools to make me better at sewing.

Mandy said...

I've been using one for years and wouldn't sew without it!!

Thanks for the parcel in the post Nikki, or should I thank my husband, with a nice Mix Tape surprise also :-) Now to bag making....

Handmade said...

I have a senior student remodelling 2nd hand dresses into a new ensemble - she is using the RAJAH to help set in pleats into a thick satin fabric that has seams in it - it's (& she) is doing a lovely job.

MissyP said...

Hi Nikki.

For a long time I have been using a rajah cloth to protect clothing when I iron, but when it got scortched and dirty, I started using any old cloth (eg.old pillow case) and haven't noticed any difference. Do you think perhaps the 'magic'wore off? Or maybe I've never actually used it for anything that my pillowcase couldn't handle? I expect your vinyl would have melted if you used a pillowcase, no?

Cheers,

MissyP

kirsten said...

yes, my rajah cloth has been a not-so-secret sewing weapon for many a year. but i would never have thought to try it on vinyl! clever. very clever. :)