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Thread: Do you dry iron or use steam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becka
    dry iron and Magic Sizing
    Same here! I have an old Black and Decker travel iron that has a stainless steel bottom. If it gets "stuff" on the plate, I clean it with Dow bathroom cleaner and one of the non-stick, blue scratchers while still warm. Magic sizing doesn't stick like starch or leave flakes on the fabric.

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    I use steam and Best Press. I love Best Press, but it makes me cough. I have tried several "flavors" and they all make me cough. I tape a kleenex over my nose and mouth, it helps. I hate to stop using it, but I think I should.
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    I usually fingerpress first then PRESS (not iron) the seam.

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    steamer

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    I use a dry iron.

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    Usually steam. Have even spritzed with water if steam still not enough, or I'll use steam and starch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    i NEVER put water into my irons- i keep a water bottle on the end of my ironing board- if my fabric needs a little spritz- and i don't want to use starch or sizing- i just pick up the spray bottle and give it a spritz----no hot drips- no leaking iron- has worked well for me for 45 years.
    I do this, too. Also, I got tired of buying distilled water. Our water is hard and hard on appliances. :-)

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    I use steam and sometimes spray sizing (never starch). I do use an expensive Rowenta because it is the heaviest iron I've ever used and I like the stainless steel bottom. I like it heavy so that I don't have to push down hard. My daughter (who is not a quilter) couldn't understand why I would pay so much for an iron --- until she tried it and then she bought one for herself as she said it's the only iron she's ever seen that levitates when you press "steam".

    The most important thing is to never, ever "iron".
    Always "press" and you'll never have distortion or stretching.

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    I love all the answers and tips.

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    I use a hot dry iron and if a seam gets pressed wrong, I spray with water. Works for me. I always press, iron the backings if they are very wrinkled.

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    I've found that if I use steam, the fabric seems to stretch much easier, so when I'm piecing, I only use a dry iron. Just me...

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    Dry iron+starch :-)

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    STEAM STEAM STEAM STEAM. It sure is a wonderful part of my quilting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I use a very hot iron, Best Press and steam

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    I use a dry hot iron. And yes, I press not iron. If there is a stubborn wrinkle then I have both a water bottle and starch handy. Ususally the water will take care of it. I do find that I like to starch a lighter cheap cotton which allows for more accuate cutting and helps with machine quilting. Just my 2 cents

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    Steam and Best Press

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    Steam usually, dry for paper-piecing.

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    I use both,depending on the job.

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    The Continental dry iron - Home Depot online. Love it. It's heavy, hot and doesn't have automatic shut-off. None of those annoying holes in the plate for fabric to get caught in. Highly recommend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    i NEVER put water into my irons- i keep a water bottle on the end of my ironing board- if my fabric needs a little spritz- and i don't want to use starch or sizing- i just pick up the spray bottle and give it a spritz----no hot drips- no leaking iron- has worked well for me for 45 years.
    DITTO.....

    if I feel the wrinkles are more than spritzing can fix, I spray with water put in a plastic bag and place in the fridge over night...this will swell the threads and remove the wrinkles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eloise
    STEAM STEAM STEAM STEAM. It sure is a wonderful part of my quilting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    yet one of the first things they teach you in beginners class is NEVER steam...at least NOT your blocks...it distorts them!

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    Dry- and I think Mary Ellen's Best Press is the best stuff around! Never heard of it until I I joined the board.
    Totally worth the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats
    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    i NEVER put water into my irons- i keep a water bottle on the end of my ironing board- if my fabric needs a little spritz- and i don't want to use starch or sizing- i just pick up the spray bottle and give it a spritz----no hot drips- no leaking iron- has worked well for me for 45 years.
    Thanks for this tip. I need a spray bottle for water in my sewing room. Off to Walmart after work.
    Just use an empty, pump hair spray bottle. Gives a nice fine spray and you don't have to buy something.

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    Dry iron with spray sometimes.

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    Steam, but I press not iron.

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