11.2 A pressing matter
When I’m sewing, I’m constantly pressing seams. With light starch (I like Best Press), all the time. I have a great little Rowenta travel iron (my 2nd – the first one lasted about 6 years) that I use daily. I also have both a full size iron and a steam generator (both Rowentas also) but that’s a tale for a different day.
My sewing station is set up with an ironing board at the end of the worktable. It’s a great little board made our always-charming friend, Ed Tays. It clamps to the table and has one height-adjustable leg. Simple, elegant and perfect for my sewing room and retreats.
What it doesn’t do, however, is clamp to the newer banquet tables (the thick plastic type). Most of the places we meet for sew-ins or classes have those tables – they’re lightweight and durable so it makes sense. But I need a pressing board. I tried an insulated mat. It worked okay, but heat would still transfer through it and I didn’t want to risk damaging a table. So Ed cut me a piece of plywood from his scrap pile and rounded the corners, Jon added 3 cleats across the bottom, and we covered it with Insul-Bright, batting and fabric (in that order). It’s 12 x 22 inches, which is plenty big enough and still portable. It fits in my portfolio bag (used for carrying cutting mats, ruler, etc.)
If you make one for yourself, pick a fabric that makes your heart sing like I did. You’ll be looking at it a lot!