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Ironing Advice

Learn the features and accessories important to pressing well.


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Boards Aren't Boring!

Quilters have many choices in pressing surfaces, from the traditional ironing board with a tapered end to portable pressing surfaces/cutting boards in one. There are products available that allow you to create a pressing surface on a table, and there are large rectangular boards that fit over the traditional ironing board.

Cover the pressing surface with a purchased cover, or make one with batting and flannel or extra cotton fabric. Do not choose a silver-color, teflon-coated cover for your pressing surface, as it reflects the heat rather than allowing steam to pass completely through your fabric pieces.

Adjust the height of the board so it suits your body. If it’s too low, you’ll be bending over your work, making your back hurt. Your board should be at least waist high so that when you press, your arm is bent at a right angle. If you use a tabletop or small ironing board at your machine, don’t forget to get up and move every hour!