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    The quilt I am making calls for me to iron every seam as I piece them together. Which means I have to hop up and down between my sewing machine and ironing board. Does anyone have a better set up? Alas, I do not have a studio...yet! Thanks so much for your expertise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    The quilt I am making calls for me to iron every seam as I piece them together. Which means I have to hop up and down between my sewing machine and ironing board. Does anyone have a better set up? Alas, I do not have a studio...yet! Thanks so much for your expertise!
    can you move the ironing board closer to the machine? I sew a bunch, and then get up to iron, like to chain piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    The quilt I am making calls for me to iron every seam as I piece them together. Which means I have to hop up and down between my sewing machine and ironing board. Does anyone have a better set up? Alas, I do not have a studio...yet! Thanks so much for your expertise!
    Joann's, and other places probably, carry something called a Quilter's cut & press which is a cutting board on one side and pressing board on the flip side. I keep one next to my sewing machine along with my iron. I've attached a picture of it. Comes in two sizes.

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    Call the jumping down excerise. Now you are getting more for your time.

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    Great tip! Thanks!

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    I made myself a little ironing board with one of those TV tray/table. Just covered it with 2 layers of cotton batting and upholstery cotton. small, light and foldable.

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    I attended a retreat last year where one quilter had one of those small folding tables from the office supply store. It is about 18x24". She had covered a piece of plywood the size of the top and padded it and put fabric on top as an ironing board. It sat right next to her and was very handy. I attended a lecture/workshop this past weekend in which the teacher said to press after every seam and to put the piece aside with something heavy on top to press the seams in place or to let cool. It sure works in keeping the seams flat and open. I'm heading to the office supply store to get my table and may one for myself. Pressing as you go really is a good way to maintain accuracy. the teacher also said to measure after each seam to make sure the piece is remaining to tru size.

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    Are you using spray starch on the seams?

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    Yes. I do. First I iron them towards the direction I want and then add a little starch to make them lay flatter.

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    You do need to press each seam. I chain piece which is really quick and take several to the ironing board a one time. Actually it is good to get up and down to press, LOL.

    Here is a You Tube video that shows chain piecing. The only difference is I'm a pinner. My fabric always seems to shift just enough.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPb5J-vdO5E

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    I am doing Athena's Puzzle which cannot be chained pieced
    easily. I am trying to get all the blocks done by the next class, on Thursday, but not rush so much to get sloppy! So who cares if my place is dusty? I'll clean on Friday!

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    i did what Maride did and i have it right by my table/sewing machine and it works great yesterday i brought a 4' folding table these fold in half to 2'by 2' which is in the furniture dept with the card tables bow i can also cut and iron without getting up. I am sewing in my bedroom now so that works out great for a small area.

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    I do have a little ironing board, now that I think of it. Finding out requires cleaning out one of those junk closets!

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    I have the little June Tailor board on the right side of my machine and then my upright ironong board just a few feet away alway's at the ready.

    Of course last night my Rowenta iron finally gave up the ghost and I was finger pressing. To many pieces on this scrappy piece!
    NOTE: cat's like ironong boards and knocking over your iron. Too many times willl damage it. PUT iron away when not in use.

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    try to find a little camper-sized ironing board. I found one at a garage sale and it's great.

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    At home I lower the ironing board to table level and pull it right up by my machine. In class I take one of those little 3 or 4" irons and a folded feed sack and have it right by my machine. But it's still a good idea to get up and move around at least once an hour, I just don't like taking the time when I'm really busy with something.

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    I purchased an ironing sheet/pad, very cheap, at JoAnn's and keep it next to the sewing machine. Works out great!!

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    I just move my ironing board along side my sewing cabinet at a right angle, then lower the ironing board to the same height as my cabinet. I have to use an extension cord for the iron, but that is no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    The quilt I am making calls for me to iron every seam as I piece them together. Which means I have to hop up and down between my sewing machine and ironing board. Does anyone have a better set up? Alas, I do not have a studio...yet! Thanks so much for your expertise!
    Joann's, and other places probably, carry something called a Quilter's cut & press which is a cutting board on one side and pressing board on the flip side. I keep one next to my sewing machine along with my iron. I've attached a picture of it. Comes in two sizes.
    I have that and love it. It sits on my dining room table and I sew in the corner of the dining room. My chair has wheels so I just scoot over to press.

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    I have a table top ironing board from Walmart. small enough to be convenient and big enough to press whole blocks. And it protects my kitchen table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    The quilt I am making calls for me to iron every seam as I piece them together. Which means I have to hop up and down between my sewing machine and ironing board. Does anyone have a better set up? Alas, I do not have a studio...yet! Thanks so much for your expertise!
    Joann's, and other places probably, carry something called a Quilter's cut & press which is a cutting board on one side and pressing board on the flip side. I keep one next to my sewing machine along with my iron. I've attached a picture of it. Comes in two sizes.
    Just to let you know if you buy one of these boards that they do stink when you iron on them. I bought mine from Joann's they told me that they typically do smell for a bit. They said the smell will go away and it did. But boy did it smell the first 5-10 times I used it. Now it works great though :)

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    That's really funny! I have a quilt store here that sells a bit of everything. I'll check them out. I have a Michaels but not a Joann's. Used to go to Fabric Bonanza & Ben Franklins, but they are gone. Probably could find something in the dressmaking area, Greenberg & Hammer. That district is a bit overwhelming!
    Thanks, Dotty in NYC

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    If you can't chain piece, you could try this.
    Lay your block out on a piece of foam board (Dollar Tree and Walmart have them for around $1) cut it 14" square.
    Lay out your block pieces on the board. Pick up two, sew them, put them back in place, pick up two more sew, repeat until all your pairs are sewn. Pick up the board and take it to your iron, press them all and replace them on the board. Now sew the pairs together the same way, and take them to the iron... You can stay organized, and not be constantly jumping up and down :wink:
    You can set up many boards this way, just stack them up, and then you are getting up and down even less, BUT often enough to stretch some muscles :wink:

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    That is exactly what I am doing! Do you know why some patterns are pressed in 1 direction & others are pressed open? I make wall pieces, so I don't think it matters. I like to take them to them cleaner for a professional pressing before I hang them up. Cheers, Dotty

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    I do not have a problem with getting up and down. It is not good for your back and legs if you sit too long. I agree the getting up and down gives you a little exercise.

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