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    I finger press my seams until I get my blocks made, and then I press the blocks. I probably do it that way cause I have to run to the utility room to use the iron. No room in my sewing room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn
    I usually chain for awhile, then press. My ironing board (full size) is across the room. It makes me get up and move, otherwise I would be sitting WAY to long. I tried setting up a pressing area next to my sewing machine, just didn't work for me.
    I use your method...getting up and moving around keeps my body from stiffening up, esp the knees. I would probably burn myself if iron was close by...KLUTZ that I am.

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    I also press all seams, have an adjustable ironing board next to my sewing table.

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    I usually chain piece, trim, and then get up to iron. Works for me. I have tried to lower my ironing board and put it on the side of my sewing table so I don't have to get up, but I find I need to move or I get stiff.

    At our last guild retreat, I did notice someone had covered a TV tray table with a few layers of batting to use as an ironing station next to her. Looked like a good idea.

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    I usually chain and then press after each step. In winter my ironing board is in another room so I have to get up and move around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn
    I usually chain for awhile, then press. My ironing board (full size) is across the room. It makes me get up and move, otherwise I would be sitting WAY to long.
    Same here, same reason.
    ditto! I need all the exercise I can get! Hate to exercise. Love to quilt and pressing is part of quilting, sooooooo there's my exercise for the day! Did I rationalize that enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn
    I usually chain for awhile, then press. My ironing board (full size) is across the room. It makes me get up and move, otherwise I would be sitting WAY to long.
    Me too! getting old is nasty! also there has been discussions about not pressing as you go but I have found that my intersections are not as accurate if I do not press. Also if you do not press as you go then it is really hard to press correctly after blocks are sewed together.

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    Speaking of seams do you press open or to the side? I find open works best for me. Do you leave your iron on all the time? I turn mine way down while I sew just turn it up when I press (across the room.)

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    I dont skimp or skip the pressing steps, learned that lesson the hard way. My pressing station is right beside my machine, sew a bit, spin and press a bit, works great for me.

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    I sew as many seams as I can then press(something I learned way back when). This saves time and energy. My ironing board is a few steps from the sewing machine.

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    I press each row I complete before I go on

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    My Big Board/ironing board sits to the right & is the same height of my sewing cabinet, so that I can just swivel on my chair to the press seams as I go.
    Me too!

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    I made a small pressing board--that just fits the top of a wooden folding tray/table that I bought really cheap at Walgreens. I keep it next to my machine where it's handy to just turn and press. Then the whole thing folds up and get's tucked away when I'm done.

    I also have my ironing board set at the same height as my cutting table with a large pressing board on top, so for larger projects I can sit (I have physical issues with standing for any time at all) and get all my pressing done.

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    I have an ajustable ironing board next to my sewing machine and press as I sew. But, I'm liking the idea of moving the ironing board so I get more excercise. Thanks for the comments on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn
    I usually chain for awhile, then press. My ironing board (full size) is across the room. It makes me get up and move, otherwise I would be sitting WAY to long. I tried setting up a pressing area next to my sewing machine, just didn't work for me.
    same here i have to move ever so often

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    I made me a small ironing board from a tutorial I saw on this board so that I could have the iron right by me. I do have to get up every now and then but do not get up for every seam. My iron is to the right of my machine on my sewing table. Far enough not to get knocked over but, close enough to reach when I need it.

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    Mine is on my quilting table about 5 feet from the machine. This forces me to get up so that my back feels better. I sew a few and press a few.

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    I have a combo pressing and cutting board...reversible. I keep it and my iron on the left side of my sewing machine. Here is my problem, we live off the grid and use solar energy, so I cannot keep my iron on as most quilters do, so I have had to learn to be patient and let my iron warm up every time I need to press. Also, my iron does not seem to get as hot as it would on regular energy. Conversely, I would hate to live in the city again, so I will deal with my little problems!

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    I press as I go I have an old iron that cost me $1.49 at a thrift store that I use.

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    I have my iron & board set up across the room so that I have to get up and walk to it for each seam, and yes, I do iron my seams as I sew. I also have a smaller iron & board next to my maching which is covered with "sewing essentials", so can't use it. :-( I like it this way, keeps my joints from freezing up! :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn
    I usually chain for awhile, then press. My ironing board (full size) is across the room. It makes me get up and move, otherwise I would be sitting WAY to long. I tried setting up a pressing area next to my sewing machine, just didn't work for me.
    Same here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn
    I usually chain for awhile, then press. My ironing board (full size) is across the room. It makes me get up and move, otherwise I would be sitting WAY to long.
    Same here, same reason.
    Me too, have to get up and move around

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn
    I usually chain for awhile, then press. My ironing board (full size) is across the room. It makes me get up and move, otherwise I would be sitting WAY to long. I tried setting up a pressing area next to my sewing machine, just didn't work for me.
    Me too. Mine is in the next room. I have to move once in a while or I get so stiff I can't move.

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    i have my ironing board at the same height as my sewing table.. and directly behind me.. btwn me & dd... so both of us have our backs to the ironing board & can both spin around to press...

    works in our limited amount of room..

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    My iron is several feet away from my sewing machine, this way I have to get up and move! Keeps from having circulation problems. My cutting table is the same way - about 7 feet from my sewing machine - same reason.

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