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Thread: Well, they didn't teach me this in Home Ec.

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    I also put the skinny end to the right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWEETPEACHES View Post
    I turned my ironing board around so that the narrow end is on my right (I''m right handed). It gives me more surface to iron large pieces of fabric.
    This is such a logical thing to do I don't know why it didn't occur to me in the past. Duuuh. No wonder I learn so much from this grp.

    Good job, Sweetpeaches.

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    Me too... the small end is just right for the iron and leaves me more wide space for ironing...
    Quote Originally Posted by SWEETPEACHES View Post
    I turned my ironing board around so that the narrow end is on my right (I''m right handed). It gives me more surface to iron large pieces of fabric.

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    kaylfordsollimo.... do tell... how did you make your add-on? inquiring minds want to know...
    Quote Originally Posted by kaylfordsollimo View Post
    Makes perfect sense. My "regular" ironing board has a heavy wire attachment at the broad end for holding the iron so the manufacturer must have been aware of the need for more of the wide space. I've made an even wider add-on that makes for easier ironing of yardage.

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    My son does this, it works really well

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    Well ain't that a great idea! Have got to turn mine around!
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    I put the pointed end on my left side and iron on the wide part too. I set my iron on a potholder on the countertop I have in my sewing room. I try to face the iron so a cat can't get to it. I always turn it off, unless I have to leave the room for a split second. I'm glad you thought of doing this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWEETPEACHES View Post
    Peck- he just needs to stand on the other side of the board! lol
    hehehehhe.....yep he does!

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    Your husband irons shirts! Wow! Good for you.
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    Love this idea and surprised that only you thought of it. Don't stop now you could be on a roll.

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    Too simple! Thanks.

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    I did that recently too! I got tired of wrestling with larger pieces of fabric. I tell myself that I am going to make one of those extended ironing boards but still haven't done it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy Osterby View Post
    I bought one of those full size boards that hangs from a door and would pit the iron on the shelf next to it. But now I'm living in MT. and my sewing room has no door so I have to find another way to use it. Sewing room is a converted attic so no even walls or ceiling. No closet door either. Ever try ironing blocks on a sleeve board? Boy do I miss my ironing board!
    You need to make an ironing board out of a tv tray like several on this board did. I didn't want to ruin my set of trays so I just covered a piece of plywood and lay it across one of my trays when I need it. Right now I have a 4' x 5' piece of plywood sitting on a fold away table. Started out with it on my ironing board, but it's easier to just sit at my table and press &/or iron.
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    Any suggestions for a left hander with the cord always in the way.
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    I never thought about it... but I am left handed so, I have always had the iron sitting on the little end... WHEEEEE I'm a pioneer and didn't know it!!

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    My iron plugs into my ironing board and has a place for the ironing board on the wide end. I would be pulling the cord across the ironing all the time. Glad it works for so many of you. Would be incredibly awkward for me and tie my ironing board to the wall instead of out in the center of the floor like I want it. (just a wee bit of claustrophobia here)

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    "L" isn't it funny how something that simple can make life so much easier.... thanks ....
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    I also did this and wondered why it took me so long to think of it. Maybe by your sharing no one else will wait till they're 59! (Good one for tips thread, too.)
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    I use mine this way also
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    Had to iron a quilt backing today - tried this- can't understand why I didn't figure this out myself!!! Such a change.

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    I've been doing that for some time as well, but only when I'm pressing fabric. I still have the narrow end on the left when I'm ironing DH's shirts.

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    Both my daughters iron that way...it really is easier. I used to tell them they were doing it backwards...then I googled it and saw more pictures of it the way they were doing it! I can't seem to change.

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    I did that once in a sewing class and the instructor quickly said never do that. So in class, I never did, but at home my board is backwards most of the time so I can use the width. Seems like if it wasn't meant to be, the board wouldn't have been made that long and wide in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWEETPEACHES View Post
    I turned my ironing board around so that the narrow end is on my right (I''m right handed). It gives me more surface to iron large pieces of fabric.
    I heard this tip on Fons & Porter and I've done that too. Why didn't we think of it--lol.

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    Good idea--will have to try it. Never heard of it and I have been around for a number of years.

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