While I do try to treat this iron well & I don’t purposefully get it gunky, over the years there’s been a build up of wonder under residue, some t-shirt quilt adventures, and starch (I *really* love my starch!).
I’ve tried the various frugal methods out there to include: windex (that was so bad I actually thought I might have ruined the iron!) and the dryer softener sheets (made it worse & then I had more gunk to wipe off), but none really cleaned the iron plate.
I decided to actually buy an iron cleaner from the store (gasp! I typically don’t buy things like this!) & after balking at the price (over $7 in my part of the country!) I was able to find it (specifically “Dritz Iron-Off Hot Iron Cleaner) at a box craft store where I could use a coupon.
I was hesitant (had I just bought another chemical that wouldn’t do anything?), but in the end it worked so well, I can’t believe I spent all that time with the other methods.
The directions were easy:
1. Turn off steam & set iron to High heat
2. Put a dollop of the iron cleaner on a rag (I used an old towel)
3. Iron over the goo on the towel in a circular motion, until all the goo has been ironed into the towel
4. Check the iron to see if you need to repeat the process
Now my iron was really bad, so I had to do this about 3 times, but wow did it come out all nice & shiny! It now literally glides over the fabric!!
In the end I want to say this tip isn’t about this particular brand of iron cleaner- I just wanted to share how well it worked for me. It doesn’t actually matter how you clean your iron (I’d be sure to check with your manufacturer first about their recommended cleaning processes though) just that you keep your iron clean so it will last & not damage or leave marks on your projects.
There are many ways to clean an iron out there, I’d love to hear what’s worked for you!
Has this ever happened to you? You’re going along, cutting all your fabric pieces & then suddenly your ruler has shifted & you realized you’ve made a crooked cut like this?
I’ve tried the sandpaper dots on the backs of rulers, but I don’t like them on “regular rulers” as I feel their opaqueness prevents me from accuracy.
I’ve tried the plastic dots, but I felt they lifted the ruler too high & sometimes the ruler would shift.
I’ve tried the plastic sheets you place to the back, but they were difficult for me to afix them (think of a bad duct tape experience….)
So when I found this technique! I couldn’t believe how wonderfully simple it was!
Take a 2″x2″ or so piece of non-adhesive plastic shelving liner:
And place it under your ruler:
I’m very excited to bring back the Tuesday Tip!
This happens to me all the time! Somehow it made it’s way to the community cutting table or even someone else’s sewing station!
I used to put my initials on the cutter with “permanent” marker, before I learned it would eventually rub off the plastic handle.
Now I use a beaded fob on the end to avoid any confusion. I received mine as a retreat gift, but I’ve seen cute ones at LQS’s. If you can’t find a fob, or if you need one right now for the class you’re going to in 10 minutes, you can take a scrap piece of fabric & knot that around the end!