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    The many ways to use your iron...

    I was steam pressing a block this morning, trying to stretch it a scant 1/8" to, "make it fit." I started thinking of the many ways to use an iron in quilting. What are some of your hot tricks with the old iron?

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    hmmm... melting crayons to color fabric for a quilt? Had a class at a guild meeting, and it's really fun... http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Quilt...s=crayon+quilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropit View Post
    I was steam pressing a block this morning, trying to stretch it a scant 1/8" to, "make it fit." I started thinking of the many ways to use an iron in quilting. What are some of your hot tricks with the old iron?

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    Besides using to to press seams, the only other use I know of is being a door stop.
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    While living in the college dorm,used an iron to make toasted cheese sandwhiches( with tin foil and no steam! )
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    I was thinking like francie yuhas when i saw the title. Cooking appliances weren't allowed in the dorms when I was there. We "fried" hamburgers on our iron, wrapping the hamburger in aluminum foil, putting the iron down on it one side at a time.

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    they make good weapons..........
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    I love old irons I decorate my vintage machines with them beside.

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    I've heard of cooking with them many times, but I just have never had the opportunity, lol. Mine only gets to press material....
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    My old cast iron ones are door stops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earleen View Post
    My old cast iron ones are door stops.
    I don't know where my grandma's cast iron irons are. I do remember them being used. We got electricity when I was very, very young. Just remember them sitting on the coal cookstove to heat up.

    Also remember 4 digit phone numbers
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    Also remember 4 digit phone numbers
    When hubby and I bought a printshop in 1978 - - the man we bought from was "known to be frugal" - - and we found a Portland, OR phone book with 2 and 3 digit numbers - - and - - bills of lading (invoice blanks to be filled in) with "193___" that were still in his writing desk!

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    Does anyone remember "one long and three short"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    Does anyone remember "one long and three short"?
    Yes, and listening in on the steamy calls of the neighbor girls, and holding the line for a busy number by dialing all but the last digit so you could come back anytime later, dial the last digit and connect.But it was really maddening to try to use your own phone when someone had done the same to you!!
    I have an iron I could take a shower with. Is there any way to fix a leaky iron? My Rowenta is only 6 months old and won't hold water. Is there a fix? "Nobody" dropped it or knocked it fron the ironing board. Ouch!

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    My Rowenta leaks all over my counter when it has water in it. It's a great steaming iron but you better use all the water or you'll have a puddle. I'll never buy one again.

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    Sewmerry. Rowenta irons are notorious for leaking. Take it back to where you bought it and demand a new one. Good luck.

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    I've used it to stretch knit sweatshirts to fit my rump! They're usually fine up top but scimpy around the "behind". I have someone hold one side against the ironing board while I stretch the opposite side then steam iron in place. Then I reverse the process for the opposite side. After a few boo boo's you learn just how much to stretch it.....start small...you can always make it larger.

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    Lots of great tips for iron uses ... but how did we get to the ol' phones?
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    I too use irons to make grilled cheese sandwiches .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marysewfun View Post
    When hubby and I bought a printshop in 1978 - - the man we bought from was "known to be frugal" - - and we found a Portland, OR phone book with 2 and 3 digit numbers - - and - - bills of lading (invoice blanks to be filled in) with "193___" that were still in his writing desk!

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    I went to work as a bookeeper for a small family-owned photo shop in about 1979. The woman (mom) had done most of it herself from the beginning. She directed me to use columnar paper for my ledger (no computers yet in those days) from a drawer that had already been used on one side. The back side had dates in the 40s and 50s!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    I don't know where my grandma's cast iron irons are. I do remember them being used. We got electricity when I was very, very young. Just remember them sitting on the coal cookstove to heat up.

    Also remember 4 digit phone numbers
    Do you remember that phone number? I do: 896-W. Don't ask me why!!!

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    Recently one of my grandson came into my sewing area. He was eating a pain tortilla. He asked if I could warm it up.
    Sure no problem. I ironed it for him. It was nice and warm. He loved it and I continued to do my sewing.

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    On Glee they make grilled cheese sandwiches with them. When I was in high school kids that had curly hair would iron their hair with an iron--before the hand held flat irons we have today.
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    If a mosquito flies by while I'm ironing, I sap it with a shot of steam!
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    Sophie2, I hope I can remember this one. Of course, with my aim, I'll probably just end up with a wet floor.
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