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Old 02-18-2013, 12:45 PM
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DH thinks it's hilarious that I am now shopping for an ironing board. I, who avoided ironing all these years, took up a hobby that requires lots and lots of ironing

I'd picked up an el-cheapo tabletop board when I started my first quilt. Now I need to find a real/full-size one to handle larger projects (especially since I prefer prewashing the fabrics before cutting, so I have yardage that needs ironing). I don't have a dedicated sewing space, so I need the traditional-type board that collapses and can be stored in a closet.

I looked online and reviews of the models currently sold at Target, BB&B, etc. are pretty poor. Even a $100 board at BB&B had complaints of rusting (and fabric staining) after only a few uses.

I realized that all my mentors here on Quilting Board were my best source for input. I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's suggestions! Thanks!

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Old 02-18-2013, 12:54 PM
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don't know what part of the country you are in, but I would wait until spring, go to garage or estate sales and look for a Mary Proctor double flip. Very sturdy with an extra large ironing surface.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:03 PM
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I bought an expensive ironing board at Costco and I hate it. The built in iron rest catches the iron wire with every pass, and it is not large enough. Last month I made my own. My husband bought a piece of wood at Home Depot, the edges and surface were smooth. I covered the front and edges with four layers of cotton batting and stapled it to the back. I had cotton fabric, so I covered the whole front and sides and stapled again to the back. It is 24" x 48", and I keep it behind my bedroom dresser when not using it.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:15 PM
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For all of my quilting ironing I took an old 24x48 folding table that had the top ruined. I than layered on 2 layers of insulbrite (?) and one layer of ironing board fabric. Turned the table over and staped down the edges on the underside. Makes just the right size of ironing board for my quilting fabric and it folds up and stored when I need extra room. (haven't done it yet, but the need may arise!!)
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:39 PM
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Several years ago I splurged on a Big Board which I use on my bed when I'm ironing quilt pieces (and reluctantly ironing other things too). I love it. There's no pointed edge, just a large flat surface. It's heavy duty but lightweight enough that I can put it away easily. I just stand it up on the side of my dresser and it's always there. It's also doubled as a bar (over a regular ironing board) and/or extra table when I've had company. One of my best investments.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:32 PM
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I made one and I just sit it on top of my existing ironing board. I can take the big board off and lean it against the wall (or stow it under the bed) when I want to use my ironing board for shirts (rare).

I cut a sheet of 3/4" plywood 16.5" wide by 52" long (long enough for 44" fabric WOF and room to rest my iron). I then covered it with "Bo-Nash Iron Slide 2000" which is a stick-on silver thermal cover. The iron slide is 19" x 59" so I had enough to wrap around my 3/4" plywood and then around to the bottom on all edges. I then stapled it with a gun to secure it (highly suggested .... the reviews for it staying stuck on it's own are not that great). To clean it ... I just wipe it with a damp cloth.

I've had it on my board now for almost 3 years and it's perfect! Fabric slides easily when you want it to, it wipes clean easily, I never need to take it off to wash it like cloth covers, and with stapling it to the bottom edge it has stayed in place quite well.

Amazon and a few others are out of stock ... but I found it here ....

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Old 02-18-2013, 08:15 PM
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My dad made me a board to go over my ironing board. I got the pattern off ebay. I did have him make it wider than the 22" it called for. He made it 24" X 60", enough to lay a fat quarter out and iron. I also covered it with the Bo-Nash Iron Slide as it comes in a large size also. Love my board.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:56 PM
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My "big" board is 22 by 60 inches done with 3/4 inch plywood covered with batting and Insul Brite fabric. In the past, I have used cotton fabric but the Insul Brite is very durable and lasts longer. It used to sit on top of my Mary Proctor ironing board (my daughter has it now). Six years ago half our basement was finished off and most of it is my quilting space. I purchased a really neat dresser at Salvation Army and cleaned it up good and replaced the hardware drawer pulls, etc. The center has pull out drawers, perfect for threads. I use the back of the dresser to store rulers, etc. One of my better decisions!
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:40 AM
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I have a friend who recently bought one at Joann's - I think it was about $100 but she used a coupon and got it half off. She has had nothing but good things to say about it, it is very sturdy. Worth taking a look at
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:49 AM
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I got a Big Board a few years ago, and I love it!
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