Ironing: The Final Taboo

Ironing: The Final Taboo

Ironing: The Final Taboo

August 14, 2013 | Style, Tried & Tested | 8 Comments

There are some topics of conversation that we all like to avoid. They might be ones that we feel passionately about, or they might make others feel awkward, or they simply might be a subject that gets folks riled up.

Turns out, ironing is one of those subjects.

Seems that everyone has feelings about it. Most of which are negative, ironing has gotten a pretty bad rep somewhere along the way. Sure, if you call something a ‘chore’, then that’s what it will turn out to be. Personally, I’ve never been shy about my love for ironing. When it comes to pressing a whole pile of fresh laundry, unlike many, my stomach doesn’t sink. Far from it. I actually quite like this as a task. You’re thinking I’m nuts, I can tell.

Think about it for a second. This is a task where you can see the results pretty quickly; wrinkles and creases are gone with a few simple motions. Still not digging the idea? How about turning up the music, watching a movie or listening to an audiobook – if you can’t love ironing for what it is you can always add in something that you do like.

If you’re a stitcher then I’m afraid you’re going to have to suck it up and just get down to pressing. A hot iron gets just as much use in my studio when I’m working on a project as the sewing machine, and there is one simple reason for this, it help to create better results. I press fabrics before cutting them, I press them again once they are cut, I press them once a seam has been stitched, I press the finished piece – you can see a pattern here, right? Sounds a lot like ironing overkill, but if the fabrics aren’t smooth the cuts won’t be crisp, if the pieces aren’t precise the seam wont align, if the seams don’t match just so, the project wont come together just right. It’s a domino effect.

There are a few things that make ironing less, well, annoying. If you use your iron for a whole heaps of tasks from neatening clothes, and pressing seams, to securing interlinings and fusibles the plate of the iron is gonna get yukky. No matter how careful I am, I always seem to manage to burn on some adhesive somewhere along the way. Using the steam setting can also leave a burnt on residue on the plate. Why is this a problem? Well, every time you heat up the iron, the grub and guck on the bottom is going to be heating up too, and can transfer onto the next item that you come to press, it can also affect the smooth gliding feeling that I know we all love so dearly!

I’ve started cleaning the plate of my iron every few months, along side using the self-clean steam function on my model, and the results have been pretty impressive.
IronCleanerThis waxy little stick is rubbed on to a warm – not hot – iron plate and right before your eyes it melts away all that burnt on mess, just wipe it a way with a soft cloth – easy!
BeforeAfterStill not sold? Then make life even easier.

I discovered this amazing pressing spray while at the Festival of Quilts last week and I was blown away. Ok, I’m not about to tell you that a pressing spray is going to change the world as you know it, but I will say this, if you really can’t stand ironing, then pick up a product that will reduce the time you spend doing it and get brilliant results. It’s a no brainer.


Starching your collars and cuffs might have gone out of style for many of us years ago, but this clear pump action spray actually makes ironing a whole heap easier – and leaves clothing and fabrics smelling fresh and delicious!
Unlike those old cans of spray starch, there was no flaky residue on the surface of the fabrics – light or dark, and I understand that it contains a special stain shield to keep fabrics as clean as they are crisp. The non-aerosol bottle means that you use use it where you need it and believe me a little goes a long way- now you can’t say much fairer than that!

Want to get your hands on a some of this Mary Ellen’s Best Press Spray? I have three sets of the whole fragrance collection up for grabs!


To be in with a chance for winning, simply leave a comment, let me know if you love or loath ironing and why you want this pack! Winners will be selected from the comments and announced on the 21st August – Good Luck!


If you still need convincing, how about some Ironing Board Cover Eye Candy ? (bet you didn’t think you’d be reading that sentence today!)


1: Dress Up Print, £15.94, BarefootLake
2:Parrot print £18.14, NestNapery
3: Moustache Print, £15.12, ModernHomewares
4: Chevron Print, £15.94, ChicCityCountryMouse
5: Alexander Henry Tattoo Print, £25.90, CompelledToCraft

Come on, let’s give ironing a break you guys!

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Mary Ellen’s Best Press Spray, RRP£9.95 160z


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    Lynne Watson

    August 15, 2013

    I don’t mind ironing – I agree that it gives you a sense of achievement! – but when I am sewing I wish my iron had an on/off switch rather than having to pull out the plug or switch it off at the socket all the time!

    I have had my eye on that Triangularity fabric that’s in your pic for a while now but haven’t bought it yet… What do you think you will make with it?

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      August 15, 2013

      Ah! An ironing kindred spirit! An off/on switch would be a really good idea – I have to confess, if I think the section I’m sewing will be quick, I leave it on in between pressings – this could explain the burnt iron plate and scorched ironing board cover!!
      I love that Art Gallery Fabrics print too – I’ve been holding off snipping it until I think of just the right project. I’m contemplating an envelope clutch bag – and adding in the other fabrics in that bundle – what do you think?

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    August 15, 2013

    Ironing is a huge chore in my house- I can;t stand it. it never seems to be done!!! I like to make dresses and i know i should iron more as i go along but I can never seem to face it- i think that this might make me enjoy ironing my sewing at least!

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    Kayleigh Burton

    August 15, 2013

    Loathe it!

    Trained the hubby up and have been ironing free for years. Bliss!

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    August 16, 2013

    I dont mind ironing, its better than hoovering! id love to win this set1

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    August 20, 2013

    I use the iron everday – only for crafts not for clothes lol

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