I wanted to love this t-shirt folder. But when I tried to use it, I had problem after problem. Nothing folded correctly. Fortunately I have a stubborn streak and refuse to allow either plastic or metal to outsmart me. :) Having never used one before, I came up with a couple of ideas that really made a huge difference in how well this folder works .... or shall we say "in how well the operator can use this folder". For any "Folder-challenged" people like me, I would offer the following suggestions:
1.) After placing the t-shirt face down on the folder, check to be sure the t-shirt collar is centered on the folder. Not doing this will give you a funky looking t-shirt no matter how well you fold it.
2.) If your shirt is longer than the board, fold up the bottom edge of the t-shirt. Note: you can't fold the shirt any narrower than the center board is, but you can fold it shorter (from collar to bottom of shirt) if you put the top edge of the collar 1 or 2 inches below the top of the board, and then also fold the bottom of the shirt so that "blank" space at the bottom matches the top. Might be able to use this idea for larger kids clothes?
3.) Be sure to t-shirt is perfectly flat, including the sleeves
4.) This item I found to be EXTREMELY helpful: When you go to fold either the left or right sides of the folder over the center section, using your opposite hand, place the tip of your index finger at the lower edge of the folder, exactly where the movable piece and the stationary pieces meet. Then fold. I found if I don't do this, I tend to not keep the movable section perfectly flat while I'm folding it over the stationary piece, and it really messes up the finished product! Once I figured this out, it made a tremendous difference.
After a bit of practice, I can now use this folder to make a beautifully folded shirt in a matter of seconds. I'm not really a person who loves doing laundry, but at least now I love how it looks when I'm done!