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I have several pressing problems.
Seeking pro advice re: ironing board setup and use.
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Date: 6/21/13 9:48 PM

Hello!
I need a completely new ironing situation, but I have no idea how to set it up. Honestly, I've always been terrible at ironing and I foresee lots of issues with trying to press tiny seams without wrinkles.
Problems I have identified:
1) My ironing board has little holes in it that you can't see when it's covered, but that leave imprints in my fabric. I guess I need a new cover, but what kind? The ones at Hancock Fabrics (the only store close to me) don't seem to be any thicker although some have measurement markings that seem cool. Is there a particular brand I should look for online?
2) Whenever I iron my clothes for work, they still seem wrinkly, although less so. I just bought this iron at Kmart and it leaks much less water than any other I've ever used. Just how much do I need to spend on an iron and what brands should I look at?
3) My ironing technique is terrible and I can't imagine my pressing technique will be any better. Can anyone recommend any good tutorials?
Thank you!

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Date: 6/21/13 10:35 PM

I am not sure if I will be much help but here goes. You need a thicker pad for your ironing board. KMart or Walmart sell pads but you can make something using a cotton (not anything synthetic) batting if you want to do it yourself. You can use a spray starch that will help keep your clothes crisper for the day. I use a Black & Decker iron from Walmart-no spitting, nice spray when I need it and about $25. It is 2 years old but if it goes out I will not feel bad buying another. Some pressing hams can help too with some of the odd seams. Hancock sells them and they are a notion so they are often on sale. Now as to ironing technique. I don't know about a video but I am sure they exist. It does take some practice. Ironing is different than pressing. Pressing involves holding the iron in one spot and moving slowly or maybe not at all (how long depends on the fabric and what you are pressing). Ironing involves a faster movement usually for bigger areas. I am probably not doing a good job at explaining the difference. Hopefully someone else will jump in here.

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Date: 6/21/13 10:40 PM

I always use 2 ironing board covers (one on top of he other) for extra padding. I just use the regular target ones.

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Date: 6/21/13 11:45 PM

The lovely Ann at Gorgeous Fabrics has a series of pressing related posts on her blog. I think there are some videos, too.

I use an old wool blanket as padding for my ironing board.

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Date: 6/21/13 11:47 PM

June Tailor put out a video years ago on ironing and pressing. You may want to check YouTube for some videos.

Had you grown up in the 50s and 60s you would have done a lot of ironing. (Glad those days are gone.)

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Date: 6/21/13 11:47 PM

Try this? How to Iron Clothes

I'm remembering back to the how-to-iron-your-apron lesson all the servers got when I worked in a restaurant, LOL. It was obvious some folks either didn't know how or didn't think the manager cared, but he did, so one day we all had to come in before opening and learn to iron.

Once you get the hang of it, it'll be ok. If your clothes don't come un-wrinkled under the iron, maybe try a little hotter, being cautious of synthetics because they can melt.

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Date: 6/22/13 6:29 AM

You Tube "T M Lewin" his ironing series. V helpful. Although if you Tube 'how to iron' you get LOTS of helpful clips. Work your way through them.
Also, you do need a thick ironing pad under your ironing board cover and IMHO a minimum 800 W iron. [I like the ones that turn themselves off].
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Date: 6/22/13 9:03 AM

I have an old wool blanket that was shrunk/ felted I use that as padding with cotton drill in top and then a cotton cover. Works pretty well I think.

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Date: 6/22/13 9:44 AM

Old flannel sheets to pad your ironing board will work. You need at least four thicknesses; I get mine at the Goodwill.

As to an iron, I like my Hamilton Beach retro iron, but you might be interested in the one I used to have (till it was dropped); a Panasonic NI-S300TR but I noticed those have jumped from $30 to $64.

As too wrinkles, you might try some sizing in a spray bottle. A 1 to 10 solution of liquid starch to water makes great sizing.

Like Gl said, too bad you didn't grow up in the 50's and 60's. You would have learned to iron EVERYTHING then.

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Date: 6/22/13 3:06 PM

I love Ann Steeves' Pressinatrix column!! It was exactly what I was looking for. She actually shows a before and after of a seam and talks about the tiny details that pressing accomplishes. Before I was just running the iron around trying to make the fabric as flat as possible. Anyway, her video on this topic is the BEST!
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