Thursday, February 9, 2017

Three Things

{thing One}  Dirty Irons

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Do you have one?  I have two.  Well, I had two really dirty irons, and now I have two kinda dirty irons after scrubbing and scrubbing with baking soda and white vinegar.

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So, do you have any tricks for cleaning irons?  Even if it's some special iron-cleaning product that you swear by, I'm all ears.  I usually keep it simple with cleaning products, but this is a tricky one.

{thing Two}  Cloth Diapers

Did you know it's rather easy to put new elastic in bumGenius cloth diapers?  Yep.  True.  There are oodles of tutorials out there, but basically it just involves turning the diaper inside out and running new elastic through original casings.  Once I learned how, I found I could replace elastics in 5 minutes per diaper!

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I've been fixing Rora's cloth diapers, which weren't up to the task of staying snug on her wee baby thighs.  Our rainbow of cloth diapers are hand-me-downs from Eleni who must have worn them more often than I realized.  Look how much shorter the diapers are with refreshed elastic!

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So that's mundane, but super useful sewing.

{thing Three}  New Fabric!

Don't know about you, but I've been making eyes at the new fabric lines lately.  It seems like a bunch of awesome stuff is coming out all at once.  I subscribe to newsletters from several of my favorite fabric store sponsors, which alerted me to the new collections in advance.  With stunning self-control (wink), I narrowed it down to just two collections:  Sleeping Porch by Heather Ross from Windham Fabrics and Friedlander by Carolyn Friedlander from Robert Kaufman.

Sleeping Porch

Friedlander

They couldn't be more different!  Sleeping Porch wants to be a pretty, pretty dresden quilt and Friedlander is heading for ruler-free improv.  Both fabric stacks have recently arrived in the mail and begun vying for my attention. 

I may have narrowed it down to two collections, but with each I wanted the entire range.  They are both such complete winners, in my opinion.  I know I won't regret it!  First up, Sleeping Porch...

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Crossing fingers I'll be back after the weekend with lots to show!

Sleeping Porch is in stock now at Fat Quarter Shop, Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory and Gotham Quilts

Friedlander is in stock now at Lark Cottons, Westwood Acres, Fat Quarter Shop, Gotham Quilts, Quilt Sandwich and Mad About Patchwork.

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Signing off with this precious little yawn...

56 comments:

  1. The Rowenta iron cleaner kit works really well--it has a cleaning paste you put on a rough cloth to clean and then a polishing cloth. (Though, sadly, does not stop the leak I have in my iron.)

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    1. My super fancy rowenta leaks too! 😢

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  2. Joanns sells an iron cleaner that works great! It is a white tube with blue writing. I give it as a give away when I teach fusible applique since dirty irons and fusible applique go hand in hand for me and it works great for fusible gunk...Oh I remembered it's called Iron Off. https://www.amazon.com/Dritz-Iron-Off-Hot-Cleaner/dp/B00AQ6OT64

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    1. See, I knew there must be a product for this, but didn't want to just buy something when you would be able to give me a good recommendation. Thanks!

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    2. I work at Joann's and use Iron Off for the classroom iron, where I teach seeing classes. Someone is always getting interfacing glue on the sole plate. I also have used it on my iron at home. It works great.

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    3. I love Iron-off. I fold up a thick washcloth, but the cleaner on the cloth and then scrub the iron. (That is basically the opposite of the instructions and comes with much more risk of being burned by the hot iron but I find it's easier to clean when I can look at the thing I'm cleaning.) I also second the dryer sheet method. If I clean my iron with the dryer sheet after every use of fusible interfacing that seems to reduce the number of times I have to get the hot iron cleaner out.

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  3. Have you tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? It works very well removing residual surface stains. Make sure you wet it before using! A friend of mine told me how useless she found them until we put together that she had been using them dry.

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    1. OMG!! I just ran and tried the magic eraser idea and it worked better than anything I have tried... immediately. without scrubbing. had everything. off!!!! I have tried specialised products and they worked a little after a lot of scrubbing and I am not doing that anymore!! thanks for the great tip!

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  4. My iron wasn't terrible but I had managed to get residue from some iron on products. I used a Magic Eraser and it worked like a champ.

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  5. I am chiming in on the recommendation to use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser - and yes, wet. It's been all I've used since I discovered it. Plus, it's so easy to do that I just clean gunk off as soon as I get the iron dirty. That demoted the task of cleaning the plate from major hassle to No Big.

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  6. I also couldn't resist the friedlander collection. Had to have it! I know I'm going to cut into it the minute it arrives.

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  7. I use baking soda and vinegar/water mix as well, but I leave it on to soak. Make a paste and spread it over the dirty bits, leave it for a while, then scrub. I dampen it again a bit first before I scrub it. I'm trying to do it more frequently now as I used to let it get really bad. I've tried the magic eraser as well, but it didn't seem to work for me!
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  8. Faultless hot iron cleaner from amazon but I don't know if it will work on yours that you have already tried to clean.

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  9. Uh oh.....I use nail polish remover to clean my dirty sewing iron. Works like a charm....

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  10. Ditto on the damp magic eraser. But works best if cleaned soon after soiled.

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  11. pressing used dryer sheets with a hot iron removes sticky gunk - I learned that in an applique class ... I don't use dryer sheets, so I had to buy a box - and it really did work!

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    1. This was a hit or miss for me. When I used Bounce brand it worked great. The store brand didn't hold up and was kind of melty. Not actually melting but heat shrinking.

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  12. I also use the Rowenta iron cleaner and have found it to be good.

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  13. Hmmm ... the Sleeping Porch will make a beautiful Dresden plate quilt, but is that wasting its lovely lawn-ones? Or maybe it's a wise idea to appliqué the pieces onto a background of sturdier fabric? Either way, it's been tempting me too, but it seems I am destined to have a houseful of boys and there's not much use for prints with flowers and butterflies!

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  14. Another one here for the Mr Clean Magic eraser. =) Works like a charm!

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  15. Hi Rachel, I too use the iron cleaner product that is sold at Joann's on the notion wall. It completely cleans my iron when it gets yucky!

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  16. Iron Off is a great iron cleaner. It's white goo in a tube that removes that nasty stuff that happens. You can get it at Joann and Walmart by the spray starch. A Mr Clean eraser will work on some stains like spray starch. I have a Tfal iron with a ceramic soleplate and it's easy to clean- nothing sticks!

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  17. I just use a steel wool soap pad, wet, to scrub myniron. I then turn my iron on the highest setting and run it over waxed paper.

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  18. Baby Elora is such a sweet little flower
    What a doll. (eeek I can't wait until August)
    I love this photo of her in red. - Baby in Red♥️
    I am glad you got the diapers redone! those look fancy!
    Well, if we had time, we would do a study on iron cleaning, wouldn't we. I would. I think I did a web search for cleaning my iron a few months ago. I tried every chemical hahaha even "Goof Off" I was desperate! I did get it clean but I had to go over it with a hard plastic spatula to scrape some pieces off. It is 2017, this matter needs to be solved.
    Lastly, fabric. Oh my. I want everything. It is all beautiful.
    I just bought some adorable cotton and steel to make crib sheets.

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  19. I love Magic Erasers too! I also pour salt on a clean dry rag and iron over the salt with a hot iron till the iron comes clean.

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  20. I use Mr Clean Magic Eraser to clean my iron. I starch so it builds up after a while and looks like yours!

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  21. I use a wet magic eraser on a hot iron... don't burn your fingers though! :)

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  22. Try gliding your hot iron over coarse salt a few times, takes off all thd burnt on stuff. The fabrics are fabulous!

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  23. Interesting comments on how to clean irons. I've never had to clean an iron because (a) I don't use starch and (b) I've followed my mother's advice to only ever use distilled water in an iron and never tap water. There are no minerals to build up and spit out. Of course, you have to buy distilled water, and from a cost point, it may be cheaper to use tap water and an iron cleaner of some sort. Back on the plus side of distilled water, though, you'll never ruin any fabric with that unexpected and disheartening squirt of built up gunk. And guess what: I haven't answered the question 'how to clean an iron,' but this may help someone prevent future iron yuck.

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    1. I wish it were that easy for me! My iron messes are due to children ironing synthetics and using fusibles. It's tough stuff!

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  24. I also use the store-bought iron cleaner. I think it's called Iron-off. It's been identified earlier as white tube with blue printing. That's the one.
    I have also used dryer sheets but I didn't find that that effective. I've also purchased some other iron cleaner sheets and they did not work.
    As for dryer sheets--I've stopped using them entirely--for anything. They are apparently full of very obnoxious chemicals which are really quite dangerous. And despite common believe--they do not keep mice away--and neither does peppermint tea!

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  25. And--I forgot to mention--I use q-tips to clean the steam holes.
    I rarely use steam when sewing quilts--it distorts the fabrics, but I do use steam for clothing.

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  26. My husband took our iron out to the garage and hit it with his grinder. LOL. I'm sure that's not how it's supposed to be cleaned.

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  27. Gosh that Heather Ross line look fabulous I always regret not buying her lines when they're available so I'll have to track it down! Looking forward to hearing how you go with the irons xx

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  28. I always use toothpaste to clean the iron and q tips to clean the steam holes. Afterwards I take an old teatowel or and old piece of sheet to steam the cleaned iron on, untill it’s no longer giving stains and all the toothpaste is gone ;-)

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  29. Bartender's Friend powder works great too.

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  30. I love Heather Ross new collection it's just so cute!

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  31. I have a used a MR Clean Magic Eraser on my iron with some success. I need to try the vinegar and baking soda mix.

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  32. Had to buy a new iron because old one (very old) wouldn't come clean. I used baking soda and vinegar, then used salt and it was ok, but still not great...so glad to hear of Magic Eraser working! Think I'll try it on the old iron today...thanks!

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  33. Most adorable yawn I've seen in ages! xoxo

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  34. I use Dritz Iron Off to clean my iron.
    Also I have several pressing cloths that I use to help keep my iron clean.

    What a cutie you have. Yawn and all.

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  35. I use Dritz Iron Off to clean my iron.
    Also I have several pressing cloths that I use to help keep my iron clean.

    What a cutie you have. Yawn and all.

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  36. Rachel, are your irons Teflon coated? If not, the Magic Eraser works great. Just be sure to use it on a cold iron because heat will burn it. And I'll bet that little cutie at the end would look adorable in something made from the Sleeping Porch fabric!

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  37. I use a wet (store brand) magic eraser and the gunk comes off immediately. I set my iron on it's lowest setting and just 'iron' over the wet magic eraser and my iron is like brand new!

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  38. What I've always used to clean the soleplate on my iron is to sprinkle table salt onto a piece of waxed paper (freezer paper or parchment paper might work, but have never used it), then iron all over the salt. Back and forth. I usually have it on Cotton. I got this tip from my mom, who was born in 1912, back when it was make-do. It's always worked for me, and the price is right! 8-)

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    1. I'll likely try the salt method next, just because I already have that! There are lots of votes for Magic Eraser, but I don't like to buy those because of the toxins.

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  39. For my non teflon coated iron I use elbow grease :) and a Scotch Bright scrubby pad. I heat the iron up then let it cool half way and scrub the gunk off with water.

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  40. Magic eraser, great idea and I'm going to try it. I burn through about an iron a year. At a certain point, they stop working as well, and I tend to drop them ( three little boys) so I've just accepted they are a yearly purchase. I look mainly for a nice tip that is a little extended in shape. Although I'm considering getting a real seamstress gravity iron.
    Don't be afraid to just bite the bullet and buy a new one at a certain point. Cheap is fine, as I find expensive ones aren't all that great. Just a thought.

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  41. I totally messed up my teflon coated iron by pressing fusable interfacing on the wrong side. Can I use a magic eraser on it? All the milder methods made it worse. Right now it is unusable.

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  42. I love the fabric collections! Just beautiful. I was talking to my 26 year old son last week about using the Mr Clean sponge on dirty irons. He said he had read that the sponges are the equivalent of fine grain sand paper. It's worse when the sponge is damp. Before he used it on a college art project he researched what the sponge could be used on. On certain things it will take off the top layer of certain surfaces. Use with care.

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  43. I always clean my irons with a dryer sheet -- nothing else just a dryer sheet on a slightly warm iron

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  44. I have also had great success cleaning gunk off my iron by running the hot iron over a used dryer sheet.

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  45. Thank you for sharing the diaper tip. We have those same Flips covers and I don't think the elastic gathers like that anymore! Sam started wearing them this week (when I finally decided that disposable blowouts were more work than diaper laundry, ugh) so I am going to need to fix ours too. Sweetest ever baby yawn! Oh my!

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