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Ironing leaving grid marks on some fabrics?
Ali M
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Date: 8/3/11 6:29 PM

This feels like a noob question...it's not like I haven't been ironing for 25 or so years but I don't remember having this problem before, not sure if it was happening with the iron I replaced a few months ago, or if I'm just noticing it now that I am sewing more.
My iron is leaving marks from the metal grid of the frame on fabrics when I iron on higher heat - leaving a lighter colored grid pattern on fabrics mainly rayon challis and cotton. They don't stay if washed, but it is making it impossible for me to iron wrinkled clothes.
I just got a new silicone coated cover for the top, which didn't actually come with any new foam, so I just slipped it on over the existing (very thin) foam, and old cover. I hoped that would do the trick but it didn't. Just wondering if anybody else has had this problem and if I just need to purchase another cover that comes with a new hopefully thicker foam insert to make this go away.

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Date: 8/3/11 8:45 PM

Have you tried a using a pressing cloth? It may not be the iron it may be the fabric-cheesecloth works. I usually use a piece of white muslin.

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Date: 8/3/11 9:20 PM

Sounds like you need new padding under the ironing board cover. Try laying in a towel or two under the cover for a test press to see if more padding will solve the problem.

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Date: 8/4/11 10:23 AM

Yes - more padding is the answer. I got an old wool blanket at the thrift store (under $5), washed it on hot, dried it on hot, cut out the shape of the board using the old cover as a template ( 3 or 4 layers, I think) and put that under the cover. Works great. No more grid marks!

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Date: 8/4/11 10:43 AM

Oh that is a good idea! Next time I need a new padding I will try it! Thanks for the tip!

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Ali M
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Date: 8/4/11 12:11 PM

Thanks guys! I think more padding is the answer, and thanks for the tips before I spent $25 to order and ship a thick felt pad that they sell for these purposes.
(Truth is I am far too lazy to use a pressing cloth regularly, but I will try this until I have some more padding in place!)

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Date: 8/4/11 4:41 PM

You could probably even go with a new basic ironing board cover from Walmart or Bed/Bath/Beyond or wherever, and then do what you've done now--put your heat-proof cover on top of that. When I got my last new ironing board cover (one of the Martha Stewart Living line from K-Mart, and no, I have no idea why I remember that! LOL), it actually had quite a bit more padding than I was used to! Over the intervening six or seven years or so, it's broken/smooshed down some, but I think you'd be find with a regular cover, if you didn't want to go to the expense/effort of a custom felt one.

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Date: 8/19/11 11:22 AM

I recently picked up a new ironing board and noticed the cover and pad underneath were so thin I could see the metal underneath. I put 2 layers of Warm and White under the cover and viola! no more marks on my fabric. I picked up a piece of plywood that I will be making a larger rectangle ironing cover and will use my old Navy wool blanket for that.

I do not use the silver ironing covers as they reflect the heat and steam back into the fabric instead of going through it. I learned that a few years ago from from some of our PR members and now use home dec cotton or canvas for the tops of my ironing boards.

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