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    Quote Originally Posted by Michellesews
    In our house we have 3 ironing boards and they all get used. The board for my quilt room was a kitchen island with a stainless steel top that I covered and use with the mega steam iron. Then are there two regular irons and ironing boards, the kind from Target. On Sunday afternoons, (now don't laugh) my DH and I set them up facing each other and do all the ironing together. I likes his shirts and jeans ironed and he is so good at it, but I help him because it is fun time together, believe it or not. It is an ironing marathon. When he was in boot camp and they got their one trip to the PX, while others purchased candy and such, he bought an iron and ironing board and made money ironing for the other soliders! He actually does a better job than I do, I don't linger with the heat the way he does, lol.
    Michelle G. in El Paso
    Good for you. I don't think I could get my husband within 6 foot of an ironing board. If I want a nice big one, I have a feeling I will be making it myself. :roll:

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    I found a very sturdy large but lightweight ironing board at the thrift store for a couple dollars. I then took a 60 x 24 inch wooden shelf and covered it with 2 layers of insul-brite and a layer of warm and white. I made the drawstring cover from washable cotton duck. I use alot of starch and need to wash it sometimes and it holds up quite well. Hubby then screwed the top thu the mesh on the board. It is very sturdy, adjustable, and I can still fold it up to put away when not needed. And it cost me about $15!

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    Mine is one of those that hangs on the door and folds up for storage.

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    My DH has made a big board for the center island that we "did" have in the kitchen. But, since we got our parrots, the center island is now out to the garage.

    I know use the ironing board (regular size) to iron yardage, and I really hate it! Especially when I have more than one yard!

    When I am ironing blocks, I have a very small square that I iron on.

    Now that this subject has come up, I am thinking that I really have to re-think how I do iron.

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    I made a big board that fits over my old ironing board, which I got from my parents ( 66 yrs. ago a wedding present). It's heavy with 3 metal legs and a wood top, but still works fine. While I'm piecing, I have a Quilter's Square 'n Press on top of a short plastic drawer tower, that sits to the right of me. I don't need to get up to press pieces, just swivel a bit to the side and it's right there. I have a long extension cord on my iron so I can bring it back over to the ironing board without needing to unplug it. It works for me.

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    I have two pressing boards...a huge one for yardage and a small one for piecing. Well I use the small one on my cutting table. NOT a good idea.
    My table is now warped...so much that my cuts came out crooked. Yes, believe me. First I thought it was my ruler but after checking everything it was the table. My fault. Now I plan to modify my ironing table into a medium pressing board so I don't damage my cutting table again.
    Live and learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbrdunn
    I found a very sturdy large but lightweight ironing board at the thrift store for a couple dollars. I then took a 60 x 24 inch wooden shelf and covered it with 2 layers of insul-brite and a layer of warm and white. I made the drawstring cover from washable cotton duck. I use alot of starch and need to wash it sometimes and it holds up quite well. Hubby then screwed the top thu the mesh on the board. It is very sturdy, adjustable, and I can still fold it up to put away when not needed. And it cost me about $15!
    Good idea. We have a couple of thrift stores around here that I might be able to find an old iorning board at. I might even just have the board to go on top. Thanks for such good ideas.

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    I have a regular ironing board and one of those little one that was my Dad's. I keep the little one next to the sewing machine so I don't have to keep getting up and down to press seam allowances.

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    I have the big board top my husband made for me a couple of weeks ago that fits on top of my regular ironing board --love it! It has thin batting and muslin which wraps over the top and then stapled to the under side.

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    I have a "regular" ironing board behind me when I sit at my machine. I also have a new never used one that can be mounted on a door. I have a small one that I sit alongside of me on an old piano bench.

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    No suggestions here. I just use my regular ironing board. I even
    purchased a table top but use my regular most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill
    My sister managed to get my mothers old ironing board that had an electrical plug for your iron built in (you plugged in the cord from the board to the outlet) and a retractible arm to hold your iron's cord out of the way. It was really sturdy, too. Wish I could somehow manage to convince her to give it to me!! They don't make 'em like they used to!!
    Does any one know where you can buy one of those arms to hold your cord? my cord gets caught in the iron rest! I have looked all over the web.my joann does not have them. thanks.

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    I have a pair of base cabinets with a 24" X 60" door wrapped with batting and muslin for my ironing center. I originally wanted the Big Board, but decided the extra storage space was important - can'y store much with the crossed bars of an ironing board.

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    I use a craft table, I made a pad for it out of muslin and that batting or something that has the reflector stuff on the back, like for potholders. I have bed raisers that I use when ironing and take them off when sewing or cutting. It also duobles as my grooming table for the dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biscuitqueen
    I use a craft table, I made a pad for it out of muslin and that batting or something that has the reflector stuff on the back, like for potholders. I have bed raisers that I use when ironing and take them off when sewing or cutting. It also duobles as my grooming table for the dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biscuitqueen
    Quote Originally Posted by biscuitqueen
    I use a craft table, I made a pad for it out of muslin and that batting or something that has the reflector stuff on the back, like for potholders. I have bed raisers that I use when ironing and take them off when sewing or cutting. It also duobles as my grooming table for the dogs.
    I bet you cant tell Im new to all of this I cant even spell. lol No wounder my quilts look like they do, dang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biscuitqueen
    Quote Originally Posted by biscuitqueen
    Quote Originally Posted by biscuitqueen
    I use a craft table, I made a pad for it out of muslin and that batting or something that has the reflector stuff on the back, like for potholders. I have bed raisers that I use when ironing and take them off when sewing or cutting. It also duobles as my grooming table for the dogs.
    I bet you cant tell Im new to all of this I cant even spell. lol No wounder my quilts look like they do, dang.
    well dont worry about the spelling,sounds like you do an awful lot of things on that table.thats one busy table!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammysews4u
    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill
    My sister managed to get my mothers old ironing board that had an electrical plug for your iron built in (you plugged in the cord from the board to the outlet) and a retractible arm to hold your iron's cord out of the way. It was really sturdy, too. Wish I could somehow manage to convince her to give it to me!! They don't make 'em like they used to!!
    Does any one know where you can buy one of those arms to hold your cord? my cord gets caught in the iron rest! I have looked all over the web.my joann does not have them. thanks.
    Clotilde.com has a cordminder. Or google "iron cord minder".

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    Mine is like Scissor Queen's. I bought an old dresser at a yard sale for $5.00 and put risers and a huge board on top. Gives me a large ironing surface and lots of extra storage.

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    I have a free standing board to use when pressing yardage and a smaller one that I place on the table to use when pressing individual blocks.

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    I have a 15 inch wide with a iron holder off the board and a wired table underneath for whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    Quote Originally Posted by grammysews4u
    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill
    My sister managed to get my mothers old ironing board that had an electrical plug for your iron built in (you plugged in the cord from the board to the outlet) and a retractible arm to hold your iron's cord out of the way. It was really sturdy, too. Wish I could somehow manage to convince her to give it to me!! They don't make 'em like they used to!!
    Does any one know where you can buy one of those arms to hold your cord? my cord gets caught in the iron rest! I have looked all over the web.my joann does not have them. thanks.
    Clotilde.com has a cordminder. Or google "iron cord minder".
    thanks so much! yea!

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    Mine hangs on the back of a door and pulls down when I need it. it is twice as wide as the average board.

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    I use well washed smooth surface cotton pot holders as the ironing surface for little pieces - like triangles or pieces of applique because it is easier to spin it under the iron, than crank the iron around at wonky angles. I put them on a bigger piece of masonite, so if the hot iron gets off the edge of the potholder, it won't hurt anything.
    I spin the potholder and the masonite together. The masonite is smooth side down, rough side is up - against the bottom of the potholder and holds it from slipping.

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    The best one I ever used was my mom's in the house we lived in when I was in high school. It lifted up into a small cabinet in the wall. When down it swiveled to whatever position you wanted. I wish I had one now.

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