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Re: Ironing water

The front crease in mens trousers should first be pressed flat (seams to the outsides) on the front side, at knee level, to allow the warp/weft weaves to re-mesh, and then re-pressed to show the creases.
Otherwise one keeps pressing any knee buldges in the fabric resulting in baggy-knee syndrome - that ends up giving trousers legs a "bent" appearance, quicker saggy-baggy knees, and varying creased edges over time.
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Old 23.02.2015, 17:12
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Re: Ironing water

I think we need to distinguish between ironing and pressing

I've never used a trouser press, in fact I don't think I've ever seen one So all of these nuances and how to-s are irrelevant to me. So you might be right Ken, you're the only one who knows how to press a suit trouser!
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Old 23.02.2015, 17:30
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Re: Ironing water

I stopped ironing clothes when I was pregnant with my first baby, and my tummy was simply too big to fit behind the board.

I never took it up again.

I fold clothes carefully, count on gravity to help me, and shirts are reservent for once-in-a-lifetime events, such as weddings and burials.

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Old 23.02.2015, 19:24
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Re: Ironing water

This is a 21st century problem. In the good old days, no one thought of purchasing fragranced irononing water. They would simply have used one of these . . .
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This is a 21st century problem. In the good old days, no one thought of purchasing fragranced irononing water. They would simply have used one of these . . .
You still used water though, to produce the steam that helped iron out creases and produce a crisp finish....
It was either sprinkled on by hand, or by taking a mouthful and 'spraying' it!!!!
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I stopped ironing clothes when I was pregnant with my first baby, and my tummy was simply too big to fit behind the board.

I never took it up again.

I fold clothes carefully, count on gravity to help me, and shirts are reservent for once-in-a-lifetime events, such as weddings and burials.

Most sensible lady!

Now I iron as little as possible. Folding after drying works for me. I only iron shirts my mother-in-law is likely to see. And I iron work trousers that the boss sees. The rest gets just folded!

Ocassionaly I have a brain-fart and iron stupid stuff like bedding linen/tea towels - while waiting for inspiration for the next painting.
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Re: Ironing water

I can't go anywhere wearing something that wasn't ironed... To my OH's horror I iron even my jeans..
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I stopped ironing clothes when I was pregnant with my first baby, and my tummy was simply too big to fit behind the board.

I never took it up again.

I fold clothes carefully, count on gravity to help me, and shirts are reservent for once-in-a-lifetime events, such as weddings and burials.

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Most sensible lady!

Now I iron as little as possible. Folding after drying works for me. I only iron shirts my mother-in-law is likely to see. And I iron work trousers that the boss sees. The rest gets just folded!

Ocassionaly I have a brain-fart and iron stupid stuff like bedding linen/tea towels - while waiting for inspiration for the next painting.
I don't iron either. Hang stuff and pull it into shape while it's still wet (hanging shirts on hangers) - sorts out any possibility of wrinkles. I can't be arsed to dig out the iron and board every time, buy gallons of distilled water and (because I mostly forget the distilled water) clean the calcium residue in my iron.

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I can't go anywhere wearing something that wasn't ironed... To my OH's horror I iron even my jeans..
Socks as well?
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Most sensible lady!

Now I iron as little as possible. Folding after drying works for me. I only iron shirts my mother-in-law is likely to see. And I iron work trousers that the boss sees. The rest gets just folded!

Ocassionaly I have a brain-fart and iron stupid stuff like bedding linen/tea towels - while waiting for inspiration for the next painting.
I also stopped ironing everything except the most important stuff, and bless the day someone invented curved coat-hangers; no more 'pokes' in t-shirt shoulders.

@Mesuline, good move. A friend has a small triangular burn on her stomach after catching the end of her iron on her bump!!

My Mother ironed everything, my teenaged sons were horrified when she'd even iron their socks and pants....
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Old 23.02.2015, 21:51
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Socks as well?
I iron everything except for socks and bras. I think everything is so much more pleasant to use if it's been ironed nicely.

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I iron everything except for socks and bras. I think everything us so much more pleasant to use if it's been ironed nicely.

Grandmum, is that you?!

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Re: Ironing water

I hang clothes till they are about 75% dry then they go in the tumble drier with the spiky balls which soften and make them smell nice. You have to get them out before they crease, fold and then put away.

I only iron if I need a dress or something for an event but I did read recently that you can burn quite a lot of calories ironing so maybe I will do a bit more
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I hang clothes till they are about 75% dry then they go in the tumble drier with the spiky balls which soften and make them smell nice. You have to get them out before they crease, fold and then put away.

I only iron if I need a dress or something for an event but I did read recently that you can burn quite a lot of calories ironing so maybe I will do a bit more
That wouldn't work around here as it clearly involves some kind of forward planning and actually remembering to take the wretched stuff out of the drier....
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Old 23.02.2015, 22:51
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Re: Ironing water

Since retiring I have been the designated ironer...
I have tried various systems including the Bernina ironing systems that cost CHF 1,600+ but finally I recommend the Laura Star lift.
Mine cost around CHF 300 from Fust.

When ironing suit trousers I recommend removing them first
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I don't iron either. Hang stuff and pull it into shape while it's still wet (hanging shirts on hangers) - sorts out any possibility of wrinkles. I can't be arsed to dig out the iron and board every time, buy gallons of distilled water and (because I mostly forget the distilled water) clean the calcium residue in my iron.



Socks as well?
No, not socks... neither things like lace lingerie, "lycra" (or whatever that fabric is) sportswear or leggings
But if they're made of cotton, or get wrinkled after washing - most of my things, yes. Even my OH's shirts... (he's perfectly able to iron but apparently I love to do it anyway and I'm really good at it )
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I iron everything except for socks and bras. I think everything is so much more pleasant to use if it's been ironed nicely.
Absolutely ... and I love good quality cotton sheets and bedding- and even though I hate ironing, getting into a fresh bed of properly ironed linen is just bliss. I have one daughter who irons everything, and another who irons nothing

My dad trained as a tailor, and he used a damp cloth and a wooden board to press a crisp fold in suit trousers. Still got his old iron, cloth and board- and his fabulous Singer sewing machine.
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Old 23.02.2015, 23:30
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I used to iron everything… now I only iron stuff if it really look creased!

…… life is too short!!!

……………. and ironing water I have no words!!!
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On the subject of ironing, in a straw poll with friends it appears I am the only person who knows how to press suit trousers.

Is it really such a rare skill?
My husband does as well - good thing as the butler went AWOL

I guess he figures I might try this

(I would rather like a modern mangle - linen table cloths might come out of the closet then)
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Old 24.02.2015, 03:55
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I always find it evaporates immediately on contact with the iron. Bloody annoying .
Beginners mistake. Turn down the heat a bit. Depending on the water do you have to iron it cold.
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Old 24.02.2015, 09:35
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Ironing water -- sounds very OCD and not a little futile!
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and ironing water I have no words!!!
I know I know! I used to think it was ridiculous as well, but as here I HAVE to buy water just for my iron, I thought i might as well get one that smells good. IIRC I used to see several rows of it on the shelves at tesco, right next to the fabric softeners. I guess I can live without the fragrance though, the clothes smell good anyway because I use lenor and comfort fabric softeners.
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