Hi everyone. I'm very new to dying fabric, but I'm having a great time learning and experimenting. I have been dying China silk in various weights, using Jacquard acid dyes and the stove top method. I use pro textile detergent and Milsoft fabric softener, and try to launder my veils on the minimum agitation wash/less wrinkle dry settings.
The problem I'm having is that my solid color silks take a really long time to press or steam the wrinkles out, especially along the edges. I use a professional steam iron and have a pro upright steamer, but it seems that I am spending a LOT of time prepping my silks for the marketplace. I have tried just ironing, just steaming, and also ironing and then steaming. Needless to say, it's been a lot of work. My silks do come out nice and soft after dying but the wrinkles seem too prevalent and stubborn.
Is there a basic technique that I am not aware of? Or, is there a certain piece of equipment I shouldn't live without? I am curious to know how the professional silk dyers on here get their silks flowing and wrinkle-free.
Thanks in advance everybody. : )