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Old 09-29-2009, 06:33 AM
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I have a wonderful set up where the sewing machine is on a long table, and the iron is on another table next to it. I have three layers of batting as a cover and the television is next to that. I watch Law and Order and sew and press to my hearts content.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:34 AM
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I actually put the ironing board in the basement, so that I have to get some exercise when I need parts ironed...
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:37 AM
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I set a small table with an ironing mat on it beside my sewing machine.
Makes it nice when I'm piecing.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:42 AM
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I covered a thick piece of plywood with one layer of cotton batting and then heavy cotton canvas. You don't want your block to be ironed on any spongy surface, it will distort if it sinks into the ironing cover. I put it on top of a wooden tv tray next to my machine. The table my machine is on, the tray can be pushed underneath the table when I'm not using it. The mini irons get very hot and too awkward for me to have next to the machine.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:55 AM
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I have a small ironing pad (approx 13" square) and use my regular iron with it. I set it on the right, next to my sewing machine. I've heard people make their own from plywood and cotton batting, covered with canvas or muslin.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:56 AM
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I use a clover iron like that for applique. For an "ironing board", I use a reversable cutting mat/ironing pad on top f a wooden tray table from Wally World. The advantage of the clover is that it can fit into tight areas and takes no time to heat up.. I do not like the clover tile that came with it - that little iron gets too hot to be safe, so I keep an old coffee mug around to use as a more stable holder. The new ones have snazzy attachments to cut templates and such, but I have not tried them.

There's also the kind that looks like a tiny iron.
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Old 09-29-2009, 07:19 AM
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My ironing board is at the same height as my sewing table. I have a computer chair (no arms) that I just turn around to get to the ironing board. In my old sewing room, I would put the ironing board at the same height as my table but just move it next to me. Then when I needed to iron, it was right there. No getting up or down.
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Old 09-29-2009, 07:33 AM
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I have a small tabletop ironing board. I recovered it and found it's solid enough to press blocks (not cushy). I actually have it on my big ironing board and I constantly get up and down, too..........so now, the decision --- get more exercise or move it!!! :lol: I think I'll do some of the above suggestions and put it on my right next to the sewing machine!!!! :mrgreen:

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Old 09-29-2009, 08:24 AM
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I made a four foot ironing table using cotton chintz draped over 3 layers of felted wool on top of plywood which all rests on a folding table.

It sits right next to my sewing machine, but I still have to stand up so I will press and not iron the seams open!
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:25 AM
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I had my regular steam iron set up right next to my machine, like many of you, but then noticed it was causing my sewing machine screen (computorized) to blink. I moved my iron to the other side of the room and a different outlet. It wasn't worth it to me to chance ruining my sewing machine. Now I don't seem to have this problem.
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