Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
To steam or not to steam when ironing? >

To steam or not to steam when ironing?

To steam or not to steam when ironing?

Old 12-27-2012, 10:10 AM
Super Member
Thread Starter
Dina's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 5,500

No, my iron is not a Rowenta. I had one of those and it quit working after about a year. I am currently using a Sunbeam, and a Black and Decker before that. I can't recall why I gave away the Black and Decker, though I know I wasn't pleased with it.

I am not a perfectionist by any means, and, yes....I press, not iron. (I just use the verb iron, I guess. Press doesn't come to mind, for some reason.) I do prefer the flatter looking seam though. I still haven't cleaned my iron. I guess that is what I need to do, if I want to press with steam. I have been ironing for 55 years (only pressing for three) and have never had my iron "give me a stain" before. Never to old to learn, I guess.

I may have to finish this quilt before I do anything, as it has white in it also. But then, the one I have cut out for next has white too. Hmmmm, may just need to think about this more. At least it is time to google how to clean my iron.

Dina is offline  
Old 12-27-2012, 10:12 AM
Power Poster
nativetexan's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: home again, after 27 yrs!
Posts: 19,388

keep a spray bottle of water near by and spritz when needed.
nativetexan is offline  
Old 12-27-2012, 10:12 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: England Alton Towers
Posts: 6,674

I was taught to only use a dry iron to prrrrresssss the seams. Water from spraying or steaming distorts the fibres. So I do as I am told.
DOTTYMO is offline  
Old 12-27-2012, 10:19 AM
Super Member
Scissor Queen's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Southwest Kansas
Posts: 4,820

Iron manufacturers figured out they didn't have to make irons get as hot if they had steam. A dry iron, (not just a steam iron with no water) will get hotter than a steam iron.
Scissor Queen is offline  
Old 12-27-2012, 10:26 AM
Power Poster
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Upland CA
Posts: 18,376

I use dry iron and a spray bottle. Have done this for so many years it is just a way of life for me.
mighty is offline  
Old 12-27-2012, 10:54 AM
Super Member
Thread Starter
Dina's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 5,500

Well, I actually found the instructions on how to clean my iron. Looks like a lot of trouble!! Maybe I am just lazy.

Dina is offline  
Old 12-27-2012, 11:22 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Piedmont Virginia in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns.
Posts: 8,562

Originally Posted by janRN View Post
Just read the "other" Jan's post---is anality (?) a Jan thing???
Let's be 'special' and claim it is!

Jan in VA
Jan in VA is offline  
Old 12-27-2012, 12:42 PM
Senior Member
alisonquilts's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Winston-Salem NC
Posts: 659

I am so pleased to see this thread! I have been pressing/ironing with steam the entire time I have been quilting, even though I've read many places that you shouldn't because of distortion issues. And now I know I am not alone! Yay!

I've never had distortion issues, and I like the flat flat seams I get with steam.

alisonquilts is offline  
Old 12-27-2012, 01:40 PM
Super Member
EasyPeezy's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 3,457

I like flat seams too but hate steam irons. So, I use a dry iron then spray a little
piece of cloth (damp but not soaking wet) which I put on my seam then press.
This way I "steam" the seam only.
EasyPeezy is offline  
Old 12-27-2012, 01:46 PM
Super Member
Crqltr's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2,757

With our water I have to use bottled water if I steam, our well water leaves rust stains, even with the softner
Crqltr is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Annie Pearl
03-11-2014 03:08 AM
08-22-2013 02:26 PM
03-14-2011 09:50 AM
06-09-2008 07:54 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter