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Date: 9/26/11 8:54 AM

At the American Sewing Expo in Novi this past weekend, I watched a demo for the Miracle Ironing Board cover. It's made from fiberglass and guaranteed never to burn. The demo seemed geared to quilters. I'm wondering if any garment sewers have tried this? I know the teflon board covers are not great and usually want something that will be absorbant, especially when sewing wools and other natural fibers where the steam is important. They're not inexpensive and I hate to invest the money if it's not going to be something I'm happy with. Any feedback?

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Date: 9/26/11 9:44 AM


For as much as we iron there isn't much talk about ironing boards..
A while back someone gave instructions on how to make one using mostly lumberyard materials.. I would love to make my own at the size I want.. rather than what is available to the home market.. so that is what I plan to do given the time. .
I am not familiar with the one you are speaking of.. hopefully some members who are will post soon..

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Date: 9/26/11 11:43 AM

My friend purchased a small table top size Miracle Ironing Board cover,when we went to the Sewing Expo here in Washington. She likes it, and finds it protects her surface, and hasn't mentioned any problems with absorption or moisture issues.
I keep eyeing them every time we go, and I am getting closer to buying one myself!

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Date: 9/26/11 3:29 PM

I have one for my small ironing board, and I like it. It does get much hotter than a regular ironing board cover which is good and bad.

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Date: 9/26/11 4:25 PM

My friend and I both bought one, but found them too slippery to iron garments. Shirts kept sliding off the board! Maybe we don't know the trick because they make it look easy at the expos.

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Date: 9/26/11 7:17 PM

Hi Karine
I am on my second one and I love it. My first lasted about 6 years unitl it finally wore out. I have had this one for over a year. Also, I iron everything, not just sewing and quilting but weekly ironing of shirts, blouses, pants, pillowcases, so I do give mine a good work out. I am able to set the temp lower on my iron and still get the heat I want to remove wrinkles or set a seam. The cover is slippery but once I got used to it I actually missed it when my old cover wore out. Everything slips on and off the board with little effort. I am tempted to order a few more just to have in case I cannot find them again when my current cover wears out.

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Date: 9/26/11 8:03 PM

I don't have one, but the only downside I see (besides $42.95 for a standard size) is that my iron might slide off. I use the teflon covers that I've gotten for around $5.00 a piece. The one I have on my board now is over a year old. Before I put a cover on the ironing board, I cover the board with a piece of heavy duty foil. I read that tip a long time ago, but now forget why I'm doing it. I think it's to retain heat.

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Date: 9/26/11 8:06 PM

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I'm wondering if any garment sewers have tried this?

I have the miracle ironing board cover too and love it. I sew garments and use it for quilting too.

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It does get much hotter than a regular ironing board cover which is good and bad.

The fiberglass material is the same material used in making garments for Fire fighters call Nomax. I will absorb heat and will get quite hot but the idea is to lower the temperature of your iron. Miracle Ironing Board folk say to use a setting no hotter than medium. Steam and starch are not an issue, plus and it can be laundered without worry.

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...but found them too slippery to iron garments. Shirts kept sliding off the board!
A muslin cover can be slipped over the board to prevent slipping. I made one with elastic which is easy to to put on in a hurry.

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Date: 9/27/11 3:34 PM

/QUOTE] A muslin cover can be slipped over the board to prevent slipping. I made one with elastic which is easy to to put on in a hurry. [/quote]



Oh that's a great idea to make a muslin cover
-- Edited on 9/27/11 3:42 PM --

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Date: 9/28/11 2:43 AM

I have been using one for about 10 years. I did buy it at a sewing expo. I liked it/like it and it works/worked very good, it's woven of rather large strands of fiber (not a dense tiny micro denier kind of fiber strands at all) so it stays porous. Air and water pass though it just fine. It does seem to reflect heat back up. Since it is water permeable and porous, my foam pad under it, got old and past the point I wanted to use just that part of it, maybe after 3 or 5 years or so, and I just put another different foam pad under it.

They are nice and slick to iron over. That is probably the best part. Mine was not all synthetic though, it did have cotton bias tape binding the edges off on it. The cotton bias tape binding would for sure probably burn under the right conditions, (like a house fire) but that is underneath the ironing board, not where a hot sewing iron would ever touch it. I never put it to the real burn test though, as I would never go away and leave a hot iron running face down on an ironing board.

The only fault I have found with it, is even though the fabric is very tough and strong, in many ways, it has not a whole lot of actual abrasion resistance. Less than normal tight weave cotton or those coated covers.

For just ironing if you were careful with any rough things like metal zippers (and sisors used on it to cut out stuff on the ironing board) it would probably be fine, but when not ironing I tended to stack boxes and items on the ironing board, and in doing that, pulling the boxes across it, I did manage to abrade it after a while, but it took a few years to do that. If it gets actually gets cut though, it ravels pretty quick right there, as the fiber weave it's self is pretty loose. But I'm on year 10 or 11 with mine now, but i no linger use it alone though, since I have managed to abrade and cut in a few places, I just use it under a more normal cotton cover now, and it still even that way, keeps it's heat reflecting properties.

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