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sewfino
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Date: 5/20/13 1:04 PM

I just purchased a new gravity feed iron & I'm so excited to get it up and running. I've decided to put a hook in the ceiling to hang the water bottle, but I'm unsure exactly where the hook should be placed in relation to the ironing surface.

Should I install the hook directly over the far right end of the iron board, or over the center of the board, or some other place. Any ideas are appreciated.

Also, the iron's electrical cord doesn't seem long enough. Is it OK to use an extension cord? Should I get a certain type of extension cord.

Thank for any help you can provide.

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Date: 5/20/13 3:44 PM

congratulations! i just love my gf iron. i have mine hanging above the left end, closer to the front of the board (towards me) than the back. i'm left-handed so the pointy end of my ironing board is on the right. i don't have any advice on the cord question.

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Date: 5/20/13 4:28 PM

sewfino,

I'm always happy to hear of someone getting a GF iron, as I think they're wonderful. If you're right handed, installing the hook over the right end of the board works seems to work best. That's where I have my hook for my GF iron and it reaches well across to the left (angled) corner of the board while staying out of the way otherwise.

Another thing that's been helpful to me is a Cord Minder. It's an inexpensive (about $5) device that clamps onto the back of the ironing board (at the far right under the hook in the ceiling) and helps keep the cord and water tube out of the way.

If you use an extension cord, I would use a grounded one (3 prong) - or better yet, install an additional outlet closer to the ironing board if you can. I installed a dedicated circuit for my GF iron, so it never draws on power supplied to my sewing machines while it's heating up. That's not absolutely necessary, of course. It was just that my old steam iron pulled more wattage and I could hear some power variations sometimes. That's not good for electronic components.

Enjoy your new iron! I think my GF iron has been the most important purchase I've made in my sewing room. I suggested one to a sewing friend about 6 years ago, and she feels the same.

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Date: 5/21/13 2:07 PM

I wrestled with my cord and water tube for too long, b/c it was placed in the center of the board. I just moved to a new house and can't wait to hang the tank to the far right. I wanted a cord minder but couldn't find them in stores, and Amazon reviews said they were flimsy.

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Date: 5/21/13 2:28 PM

Thank you all for your great responses. I've got the hook installed to the right of my iron, and now I'm going to search for the perfect 3-prong extension cord.

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Date: 5/22/13 1:07 PM

Geralyn, The flexibility of the Cord Minder might be what feels flimsy. But it actually needs to be flexible so that it moves with you as you move your GF iron, while keeping the cord and/or tube out of your way. I installed mine on the board just slightly to the inside of where I hung my water bottle on the ceiling. It's not perfect, but it does clamp securely onto the back or side of my ironing board. I've not found anything else that serves the same function and that won't hamper my ability to move my GF iron. HTH.

ETA that mine is like the Polder brand one on the Amazon website. Note that on some of them you have to thread the cord and tube through a hole. I think that would make adjusting it when you need to difficult. I have the iron cord lying snugly in the lower part of the clip and the water tube lying more loosely in the upper part of clip - so the tube isn't squeezed at all. I readjust the tube from time to time to make sure it's positioned well.
-- Edited on 5/22/13 1:50 PM --

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Date: 5/22/13 5:30 PM

oh my gosh just what I need is a cord minder, I love my GF iron, the best iron ever but the the cord is always needing adjustments. I'm ordering one right now. Thank-you!!!

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