The most dangerous tool in the sewing room isn’t the machine with the fast-moving super-sharp needle. It’s the steam iron.
It’s so easy to burn yourself either by touching the iron directly, or by the steam that comes shooting out the sides. 🙁
Do you know how to take care of your iron?
Did you know that there’s a difference between pressing and ironing?
Do you know how to remove gunk that has baked onto the sole plate of your iron?
From safety to maintenance to proper use – this video has everything you ever wanted to know about your steam iron.
A lot of people ask about what steam iron I use.
For a few years I used an Oliso Pro.
I loved it! It got nice and hot, generated plenty of steam, and didn’t need to be propped upright. But then it started to die. It never leaked, but it stopped getting up to full temperature. If I were still teaching kids I would have replaced it with the same model. That stand-up feature is AWESOME for kids who often leave the iron sitting flat on the ironing board. 🙄
But I don’t teach kids very often anymore, so I bought a less expensive iron – a Sunbeam Turbo Steam Iron. It’s a great iron too! It has three steam settings – no steam, normal steam, and a crazy insane amount of steam. 😂 It holds temperature well, has a big tank for water, and has tiny steam holes – a feature I like for fusible applique.
If you’ve got an iron, you’ll need an ironing board. Here are a few more handy posts. . .
And here’s a post especially for those who do embroidery – How to Iron Your Embroidery without Smooshing the Stitches.
Here are handy links to all the posts about quilting tools and supplies.
- My Sewing Machine and Why I Love It
- How to Choose a Sewing Machine for a Beginner
- My Favorite Sewing Machine Feet
- Basic Sewing Machine Maintenance
Rotary Cutting Tools
- My Favorite Rotary Cutting Tools
- How to Use a Rotary Cutter and Ruler
- How to Clean a Fuzzy Cutting Mat
Other General Sewing Room Supplies
- Easy Pattern Weights (a free pattern)
- Pincushion (a free pattern)
- Needle Cushion (a free pattern)
- Sewing Machine Cover (a free pattern)
- How to Make a Design Wall
- How to Make a DIY Cutting Table
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