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Thread: Need to Purchase an Ironing Board

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    Senior Member jrharry's Avatar
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    Need to Purchase an Ironing Board

    Can any of you wonderful quilters give me some insight as to what type of ironing board to purchase.

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    If I could go back and buy one , I would get the big board that WalMart sells. It would really come in handy for ironing yardage. I now have a vintage ironing board that I use, and I love it, so I won't go and buy another one.

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    I need another one too, but keep stalling because of the price. When I do, I will not get another T-leg one...it wobbles. I'd go for the 4 leg one.

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    Have to agree with the 4 legged one, I am still using a regular ironing board as I still iron our clothes but a big board would be nice if you have the room and $$$

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    Got my best one - 4 legged - at an estate sale for almost nothing. When I''m ready will make a big board type of overlay for yardage. Just don't feel the need for that yet ... plus having to deal with the storage of it.
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    I'm using an OLD ironing board with a big board on top of it. The big board was made and gifted to me by a wonderful friend. I really like my big board.

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    I also use an ironing board with a big board on top. Just look for an ironing board that is sturdy. Check at places like Goodwill for a used one. It seems like the older ones were made better than the newer ones.

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    I agree - look at goodwill, garage sales etc. I see many there. Younger generation does not iron like we older
    ones did, and they are disposing of them.

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    I can't seem to find the one I have online anymore, but I invested in a heavy-duty, super stable and quite wide "traditional" ironing board. It works very well in my space; I use a large table as my sewing and cutting surface so when I'm not pressing large pieces, I lower the ironing board to slide the narrower end under the tabletop. This leaves me with the wide end sticking out next to me on my left side so I can press smaller pieces without getting up from the machine. I also use it as an extension table to support the weight of a quilt if I'm machine quilting.

    Think about how you use it -- do you need to iron a lot of yardage? Would you use it to press clothing? How much space do you have in your sewing room?

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    I found an old library table (48" wide x 24" deep) at a tag sale for $10 and my DH cut a thick piece of plywood which I covered with cotton batting and a heavy Home Decor Fabric I got with a coupon at JoAnn's. It's the best cheap ironing board and I love it!
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    I use my cutting table. It's very large and what I did was get a good size board and covered it. When I need to cut I just raise the board. Lower it to iron. You can put hinges on the back too. Clear as mud? :O)

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    My ironing board was my DM's (it was a wedding present when she got married about 75 years ago) Then I made a large top to fit over it. When not in use I keep it in the closet. Doesn't require a lot of room, but is great to iron quilt tops and yardage. I agree, the older boards are very sturdy.
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    Make one that you can use on any table surface:

    1. A piece of thin plywood cut to your size (mine is 28" x 38" - wish it were another 6" longer) from Lowes. http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1

    2. Covered with one or two layers (no more!) of cotton batting bought by the yard at Joannes or use a leftover piece.

    3. Cover that with a layer of silvered ironing board cover bought at Joannes http://www.joann.com/ironing-board-c...lver/prd10219/

    Whole thing very usuable, portable, big enough for yardage, store against the wall, all for probably less than $30.

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    I got an English ironing board years ago at a yard sale for almost nothing - it's built like a tank. I make my own covers, so no big deal, but I love all the extra space on top, as its larger than a regular ironing board. I expect it will last the rest of my life easily. I also have an oversized table top version that I leave set up and just set it on my counter cutting area when I need to press something. One of these days I'll be caught up enough on my ongoing quilt projects to tidy up the room and re-organize a bit so I can leave it up all the time....it's going to take me days to tidy it!

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    Thanks for all the comments in regards to the ironing board. I think I might just keep the older one I have since every board I have looked at is not very sturdy. I have seen the board tops that people make which will be nice for large pieces of fabric.

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    I have a 24" by 48" piece of plywood which I have covered with a few pieces of batting and some muslin, stapled to the underside. I set it on top of my ironing board or on top of a table when I am ironing yardage for quilting. I would not be without it. I use it for everything -- quilting, or pressing clothes.
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    This is the best ironing board I have ever used. My guild has two of them with the fabric cradles. http://www.reliablecorporation.com/P...e-Tables/C81_2
    Got fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    This is the best ironing board I have ever used. My guild has two of them with the fabric cradles. http://www.reliablecorporation.com/P...e-Tables/C81_2
    A FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR ironing board?!!!!! Are you kidding me?!! Good grief, my Oreck vacuum didn't even cost *that* much! Or my vintage Bernina 830, for that matter. NOT happening in my world Bella, but I hope you enjoy the heck out of yours!! (Kind of reminds me of the old song, "Nice work if you can get it,....", LOL!)

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    my ironing board for quilting is the smaller plastic fold up table. i believe it's 2 feet my 4 ft., about. i covered it with a piece of batting, then a piece i had used to practice free motioning on. so the sandwich was complete. just binded the edges, then pinned it to the 4 leg supports. easy to take off and wash that way.
    i believe i paid $25 for it 5 yrs or so ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    A FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR ironing board?!!!!! Are you kidding me?!! Good grief, my Oreck vacuum didn't even cost *that* much! Or my vintage Bernina 830, for that matter. NOT happening in my world Bella, but I hope you enjoy the heck out of yours!! (Kind of reminds me of the old song, "Nice work if you can get it,....", LOL!)

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    LOL. I know many people get sticker shocked. If you think about it, selling one queen size quilt will pay for the board. I don't have one, my guild has two of them, one a pro model. They were donated to the guild from a retired clothes designer. I wouldn't have believed the difference if I hadn't used one. I press all my quilt tops on it at guild. I know two guild members that bought their own but they sew a lot of custom designed clothes and costumes.
    Got fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    This is the best ironing board I have ever used. My guild has two of them with the fabric cradles. http://www.reliablecorporation.com/P...e-Tables/C81_2

    I have this ironing board. I don't regret buying it at all. I saved enough in mine and DH's dry cleaning to pay for it. There are a lot of rave reviews of the board on many sewing blogs.

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