Here is my revelation that happened, as so many "Aha!" moments do, by accident. My sister and I had had a garage sale in late summer where I spied a small old ironing board with little screw-in peg-legs of hers. I saw it and thought, "Perfect to take to my guild's Fall Retreat!" which was coming up. So she said to just take it, which I most happily did! It changed my pressing life.
Any awkwardness at the small size (maybe 2/3, if that, of a regular-sized ironing board) was overcome by the fanTAStic sharp seams I got with little pressure from my iron. The firmness of the board was delightful.
Once I got home, I set the little board on top of my regular ironing board, and there I had another revelation: the stability of the iron was greatly increased; no more grabbing it frantically if I bumped my ironing board, or pulled with a little too much oomph on a quilt top, sending the iron to wobbling alarmingly.
Later, once my darling husband built my beautiful sewing room in our acreage home in Alberta (such a view I had there, forest flora and fauna to die for), I put the little ironing board on one end of my large cutting table for a terrific pressing area.
|A different angle - December|
Here, in the Florida condo, it wasn't long before I had to create a similar pressing surface, as the ironing board feels like a pillow after being so used to such a firm surface. So, we went to Lowe's where we found a 3/4 X 12 X 36" knotty pine board. I brought it home, covered it with some ironing board cover fabric from JoAnn's, followed by a piece of cotton,. I glued, with minimal success, the ironing board fabric to the board, but the cotton fabric is large enough to wrap underneath the pine, so it's held in place quite nicely.