Post # 1
Just curious… has anyone done this before? We have a steamer at home. I figured that it shouldn’t be too difficult. The reason i ask is because the bridal shop is about half an hour away. also, i just discovered recently that about half the staff at the shop isn’t competent at all… which worries me. somehow i think i may do a better job than them unless i call them and request a specific person to do it but then i wouldn’t know how to word it without bashing on the rest of the staff.
Post # 3
Does your home steamer have any instructions about what fabrics it can be used on? I’d think you can do it if you consult the owner’s manual of the steamer.
Post # 4
What fabric is your dress?
I steamed mine the day of with no problem… my dress is silk duchesse satin, so a natural fiber. All natural fibers and most synthetic fibers should steam really well.
My advice would be to make sure not to overfill the steamer, so it is not "spitting" blobs of hot water out with the steam (both for your safety and to prevent water stains!), and test steaming on the reverse side of the fabric first.
If your dress has a lot of material I’d recommend having someone help you hold a bit of the fabric up as you steam… otherwise it’s easy to get your hands in the way, and OUCH!
Really, steaming is very easy and suprisingly gentle… I think you’ll be fine!
Post # 5
thanks for the advice! my dress has a lace overlay with some beading around the midsection. I guess my main concern would be the beads… but then the store offered to steam the dress for me so it must be ok? I didn’t realize steaming was just a gentle process… good to know! maybe i’ll give the manual a quick glance before i try to steam anything. =)