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    Have you tried this tip for ironing fabrics?

    I had a MEGA stash of fat quarters that I wanted to iron
    (I am talking about 400+ fq's). However my "normal" size
    spray bottle that I used to fill the water tank in my iron just
    kept running out of water.

    Now the tank on my iron holds 12 ounces of water, I could
    only get 2 fills on a bottle. It felt like I was ALWAYS at the
    faucet filling the bottle again.

    A couple weeks ago I was the store and happen to spot one
    of those larger (1/2 gallon maybe?) water bottles and thought
    that would be perfect for my ironing "binges". It's an idea that
    I am GLAD to be using now.

    The spray bottle on the right is a 24oz size and the one on the
    left is the NEW water bottle that I am happy to be using.


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    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    LOL @ me. I not only never thought of using a bigger bottle; I've never thought of using a bottle at all! I drag the iron to to faucet. Wow! I'm not too bright.

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    very creative!
    if i have a LOT of ironing to do, I dampen the fabric[s] and roll them up. place in a plastic bag. refrigerate overnight. now, no steaming or spraying needed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilty-Louise View Post
    I had a MEGA stash of fat quarters that I wanted to iron
    (I am talking about 400+ fq's). However my "normal" size
    spray bottle that I used to fill the water tank in my iron just
    kept running out of water.

    Now the tank on my iron holds 12 ounces of water, I could
    only get 2 fills on a bottle. It felt like I was ALWAYS at the
    faucet filling the bottle again.

    A couple weeks ago I was the store and happen to spot one
    of those larger (1/2 gallon maybe?) water bottles and thought
    that would be perfect for my ironing "binges". It's an idea that
    I am GLAD to be using now.

    The spray bottle on the right is a 24oz size and the one on the
    left is the NEW water bottle that I am happy to be using.


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    I have to admit that I use a 2 liter bottle that used to have soda pop in it. I fill it up with filtered water (which is in the kitchen) and then refill the iron from that.

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    I've recycled gallon milk jugs--you're right, running back and forth to the sink gets old fast
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    I use a lot of steam when pressing yardage. I keep a gallon of demineralized water next to my ironing board with a funnel but it looks tacky. This bottle is nicer looking.
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    I keep a gallon one in my hobby room.
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    I tried this method, but hubs got rather grumpy with me
    for taking up so much room in the fridge with my "bags"
    of fabric.

    Back when I use to wash and iron ALL my fabric soon as
    I brought it home (I don't anymore because there was
    just to much). I would take up 1 to 2 shelves in the fridge.
    Hence the reason I stopped.




    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    very creative!
    if i have a LOT of ironing to do, I dampen the fabric[s] and roll them up. place in a plastic bag. refrigerate overnight. now, no steaming or spraying needed
    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    I don't understand why you need to use a *spray* bottle to fill your iron. I use a funnel (that came with the iron) and 1/2 gallon jug of distilled water from WalMart. I do have a spray bottle handy to dampen the fabric if it needs it, but that's full of tap water.

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    Well it was the largest and only bottle I had on hand at the time
    prior to getting the bigger bottle.

    My iron mfg. recommended NOT using distilled, or filtered water
    because it had built ion "anti calcium additives". I have NEVER
    had any problems with the iron in the 7+ years I have had it.


    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I don't understand why you need to use a *spray* bottle to fill your iron. I use a funnel (that came with the iron) and 1/2 gallon jug of distilled water from WalMart. I do have a spray bottle handy to dampen the fabric if it needs it, but that's full of tap water.
    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    Some irons recommend distilled water and some don't. It's important to read the instructions for your own iron.

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    When ironing plain fabric, I use a dry iron and a sink filled spray bottle, but when I use steam, I use the funnel thingie that came with my iron...and go to the sink to fill it. It's just plain not healthy to stand or sit for long periods of time and it's not like my kitchen is all that far away.
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    Demineralized water is different then distilled water. Demineralized water will evaporate and leave nothing behind. It is used for flushing out delicate equipment.
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    I have an 8 cup plastic measuring cup with a little spout that I use. If I had to use a spray bottle I'd run off.LOL

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    I keep a gallon bottle of distilled water handy, since we have well water. I do like that bottle with the little spout, though!

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    I keep a gallon of distilled water in my sewing room. As I am lazy and it just works better for me since it is upstairs.

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    I recently moved my ironing "station" to the bar counter in my kitchen to raise the height. Last time I filled my iron, I noticed the pitcher that I use to fill my coffee maker and used it instead. It has the best pouring spout of any pitchers that I have, so it made pouring into the small opening in the iron much easier. Now it can serve double duty!
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    I do the exact same thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    Demineralized water is different then distilled water. Demineralized water will evaporate and leave nothing behind. It is used for flushing out delicate equipment.
    My understanding is that distilled water is demineralized (contains virtually no minerals). Water can also be demineralized by other processes, such as deionization, which is cheaper than distillation.

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    I turn off the dryer while it is still damp.
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    The pour things they use in bars on liquor bottles work fabulously to fill your iron with and they fit in that size spray bottles.

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    I picked up a tip from Ricky Tims and spray smaller pieces of fabric or blocks using a dry iron.

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    What kind of iron do you have? Do you empty the water every time when you finish ironing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quilty-Louise View Post
    Well it was the largest and only bottle I had on hand at the time
    prior to getting the bigger bottle.

    My iron mfg. recommended NOT using distilled, or filtered water
    because it had built ion "anti calcium additives". I have NEVER
    had any problems with the iron in the 7+ years I have had it.

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    I use a gallon jug of distilled water as well and a 1 cup plastic measuring cup. Easy enough for me but if this works for you then that's great.
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    I use a Britta water pitcher because it filters the water.
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