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Thread: 'Cut 'n Press' How do I keep it clean?

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    I just got a new June Taylor 'Quilter's Cut 'n Press' and want some suggestions as to how to keep it clean, other than just not using it! What has or hasn't worked for you in keeping something like this looking good and clean? Has anyone used Scotchgard or something else on one? I really need your help!!! My old one is not looking good on the pressing side again. I washed it once and rinsed it and let it drip dry in the bath tub a while back, but it is really looking bad again, and the lines are wonky on that side too. I plan to keep it as a back up and will try washing it again, it can't hurt it now.

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    Hmmmmm.....sorry....mine isn't looking so pretty....but it works...and that's what counts to me. I try not to use steam as I find it distorts things.....

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    Janis, I covered the 'press' side by pinning some scrap fabric to it. I use it for turning under applique pieces and the starch builds up and gets 'gunky' after a while. Then I replace my scrap fabric. The cut side, I just wipe down with a damp cloth and have never had to do anything else.

    :)...Rae in San Diego

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    Mine doesn't look good either. I agree the steam distorts it. You can't use the lines if you want anything straight. I use it next to the sewing machine when I paper piece.If someone was to take it to a class I guess you might care more on what it looks like but I find it hard to keep it looking decent.

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    hmmmmm.......just looked at mine and it isn't looking the greatest either. I'm looking for suggestions too.

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    I bought one and haven't used it yet. I am also interested in the answer.

    So far crmanina idea of scrap material sounds good. I will try that unless I hear better. Thanks crmanina.

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    Mine doesn't look so great either! I never thought about it before now! Maybe the manufacturer should be made aware of this, I'm sure we're not the only ones having issues with it! I'll definitely use the scrap fabric onmine from now on, but we shouldn't have to resort to this, should we?

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    The scrap fabric sounds good but what do you do if you want to use the lines? I wonder if there is a way to get a large enough piece of that teflon pressing sheet stuff to stitch an "ironing" board cover for it where you'd still be able to see the lines somewhat??

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    The scrap fabric sounds good but what do you do if you want to use the lines? I wonder if there is a way to get a large enough piece of that teflon pressing sheet stuff to stitch an "ironing" board cover for it where you'd still be able to see the lines somewhat??
    I thought of making a cover for it, but I'm always flipping it over and using the cutting side. I love having the convience of both sides by my sewing machine. I had thought of using pins and pinning something to the pressing side. I'd also thought of ironing on some interfacing on that side. If it is thin, one could see the lines through it. I'm still wanting other suggestions before I do it. It sounds as if I'm not the only one with this problem. I'll definately keep the grungy one by my machine for the daily use, but will try to keep the other one clean for classes, etc, at least for now.

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    Mine doesn't look good either but it works. I don't normally use the lines on it since there's always a cutting board around.

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    Mine is looking pretty sad too. I was thinking about replacing it but will probably try washing or re-covering. I don't use the lines for much except keeping a straight edge while pressing. When I compared the measurement with my rules they were off by quite a bit.

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    very good ideas!

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    I don't use the lines so I made a cover from a piece of an old ironing board cover. It's now my portable ironing board as I do a lot a applique using Steam n Press.

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    Do you have one of the tracing wheels? It looks like a pizza cutter with teeth. I cut fabric about 2" bigger then the ironing pad and then use the tracing wheel to roll the excess between the cutting mat and ironing side. It works great. Now all I have to do is pull the cover off and change it out whenever I like. I use pretty fabric. Using thin muslin you can still see the lines from the original cover and have a clean surface.

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you, BellaBoo!!! What great timing! I plan to go to The Quilters' Hall of Fame quilt shows and classes this week in Marion, IN and want to take my new board with me. It is still in the plastic covering to keep it clean. I will make a cover like you said and use my tracing wheel, if I can fond it from way back wen I made clothes, and put the new cover on it today!!! You made my day with the suggestion. Later I'll cover my old board and make it 'as good as new!' Thanks again!!
    Janis

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    I covered mine too. I used that shiny silver ironing board fabric and a layer of cream colored fabric that I had in my stash. I like it better than the original. Think it makes things crisper when I press them.

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    Thanks!!! I might just take the fabric and the little wheel up with me and see if Joann's up there has the ironing board fabric and put some of that on first. I can cut my fabric and have it ready to put on when I get the silver fabric. thanks for your suggestion too, lots2do. I appreciate all the help I'm getting now. Rather than trying to wash my old board AGAIN, I might just cover it too. It can be my 'at home grunge board' and the new one, since I've already gotten it (at Joann's with a coupon, no less) can be my 'take to class' one.

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    I really like my quilt n press. It's great to use when the ironing board and cutting table are both "buried"

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    I took my cut and press board with me to The Quilters' Hall of Fame Celebration and covered it while I was there in Marion,IN. I just used the ironing board cover material on it, and it worked great. I also told others about how I did it. so I just want to thank all of you that had such great ideas of how to keep my new board clean. Now to cover my old one and make it look like new too. I had thought of trying to wash it again, but this does work better. Thanks again.
    Janis

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    I have bought 3 of these and they would get so dirty I was afraid to use it when sewing white. I finally made a cover from unbleached muslin that I can take off and wash. The muslin is thin enough that the lines show through for measurements. Works great!

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