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

    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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    That makes sense, good idea.
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    Well - they didn't teach me that either, and it's such a logical decision, I'm jealous you thought about it first!!
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    I have been doing it for years!! put the iron on the skinny end.

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    Isn't it amazing how a simple little trick makes life so much easier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    I have been doing it for years!! put the iron on the skinny end.
    Me, too! Works well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    I have been doing it for years!! put the iron on the skinny end.
    Same here. Drives my husband nuts when he wants to iron a shirt, lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Same here. Drives my husband nuts when he wants to iron a shirt, lol!

    Peck- he just needs to stand on the other side of the board! lol

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    Please be careful ... the balance of the board can be affected, and easier for your iron to tumble on you.

    I solved the narrow end problem by screwing a piece of plywood on top of my ironing board ... extended the length and the width, so that now I have a nice big ironing board. And when PPing, it gives me a nice work station for trimming at the end of the board.
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    I put the irons on the skinny end of the guild boards and it was funny to see some of the members looking confused.
    Got fabric?

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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
    I pointed that out to him, but since he's a lefty, he claims that won't work for him. I've gotten to the point where I have to leave the room when he irons, or I get a case of the giggles.

    Hey - at least he irons his own shirts!

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    Peggi, if he's left-handed, doesn't he iron with the narrow end on the right anyway? All the lefties I know do.
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    Yeah, my ironing board is turned too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Peggi, if he's left-handed, doesn't he iron with the narrow end on the right anyway? All the lefties I know do.
    Well, I just asked him, and he said after watching me iron fabric, he now turns the ironing board around and presses his shirts on the wide end, too!

    I'm starting to wonder why we even need the boards that taper at one end. Most quilters I know make those wide tops for their boards.

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    That's the way my daughter uses hers. Doesn't work for me, though. I can't get the hand of ironing shirts and blouses with the narrow end on the right. Would be great for ironing quilt tops though.

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    What a simple solution! Thanks for sharing with those if us who are more conventional! I will def give it a try. :-)
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    I'm so confused!!!!! I didn't know there was a certain way that the ironing board would normally stand. I've lived in a trailer forever so I have to haul it out into the kitchen when I want to use it and I've never set it up a certain way, it just depends on which way I open it that particular day (narrow end to the right...narrow end to the left). when I quilt it's all dependent on which way I walk up to it...as my sewing machine is over here but my cutting area is on the table over there...so I access both sides.
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    That's what I do. Set the iron on the narrow side and you have more room to iron (if you are right handed)


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    I always iron next to a counter and set my iron on it. I had a baby couson that pulled the iron off the ironing board by the cord. It fell on his little hand and as a baby he has to have several skin grafts from his little legs. >>

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    Great idea. Thanks for sharing

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    Why would you have done it any other way?

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    Duh.... how simple! How effective.

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    I started doing this years ago, but I do use the tapered end of the board for some ironing- esp clothes and homemade pillowcases and pillowcase dresses. For yardage- i love the wide covered plywood board the Guild has.

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    [QwssUOTE=SWEETPEACHES;5230126]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.[/QUOTE]

    OMG....BRILLIANT...I'm gonna do that tonite!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    I have been doing it for years!! put the iron on the skinny end.
    Me, too!!! Works great!

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