“Quilters don’t iron, they press.” How many times have you heard that? And, I press a lot. A good pressing surface is so important to me. For several years I had a standard size ironing board and then upgraded to a larger ironing board. Not good enough! My hubby had a large piece of plywood in his stash that I commandeered. He willingly and quickly made a “big board” to fit my ironing board. I made the cover and LOVE it! It is not the standard size you usually see patterns advertised for, but using what was on hand was the economical choice. And on the very, very rare occasion I iron clothing, the big board easily lifts off.
For little pieces – ironing open seams when sewing small pieces together, I use my travel iron. I had a travel ironing board that I kept at the end of my cutting table. However, after rearranging my studio, that no longer worked because the cord was in tripping position – and if anyone is going trip over the cord, I am! I told hubby that I would love a wall mounted board that would fold down when not in use, but they cost more than I was willing to pop for – need that $ for fabric. Mr. Handy Hubby found that to be an easy fix – he mounted my existing travel board on the wall near an outlet. All quilt pressing issues solved. I’ll admit, it’s great to have a willing handyman at my disposal and I try hard not to take that for granted!
What do I press with? Oh…I have a few irons. Different weights and sizes. There are several more that travel to retreats for all to use. No one big favorite – I change them out every so often, usually when the one I’ve been using needs a cleaning. And yes, I use steam, starch and a water spray bottle.
Wish I had all Pressing Matters that well under control!