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Enter to Win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron!

Submit your best ironing tip to win an Oliso® Pro Smart Iron with iTouch Technology.

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed and a winner has been chosen. Thank you for entering!

Ironing is such an important step in the sewing process. A great iron and the right techniques to use it, can improve your sewing results on almost any project.

That’s why SewStylish is proud to present our first Oliso® Pro Smart Iron TG1600 giveaway contest. You could win this fabulous new Oliso iron, worth nearly $200!

Designed for sewers, the Oliso® Pro™ Smart Iron prevents scorches, burns, and tipping with its cutting edge iTouch® technology that allows the iron to lift off, and lower onto, the ironing board by simply touching the handle.

With an efficient 30-minute auto shut-off function, an anti-drip system (so spitting and leaking won’t occur while the iron is hot), and a point detailer tip for creating crisp pleats, pockets, cuffs, and collars, this iron is sure to become your new best friend in the sewing room.

Leave a comment below with: 1. Your best ironing tip(s) and 2. What you plan to sew with hep from your new Oliso® Pro™ Smart Iron. Entries must be received by Friday, August 23, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

The winner will be selected randomly from qualified entries, as determined by the editor of SewStylish magazine. The winner will be announced the week of August 26, 2013 here on SewStylish.com, and contacted via email.

Good luck, and see Official Rules for details!


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  1. bekabug8 | | #1

    My tip is press often. A garment always sews up better and looks better when you press as you sew. I will use the iron for everything!!!!!

  2. nujoi1908 | | #2

    1. Always use a press cloth! 2. I would love to use this iron on a wool crepe skirt -- I want to make a twirly skirt with gores.

  3. hollyso | | #3

    1. When sewing curtains, it is very helpful to steam the fabric well and let it hang before cutting and sewing --- it relaxes the threads that have often been pulled out of shape (square) on the bolt.

    2. I'm in the thick of a curtain project now, and realizing my iron is running out of steam. How I would love the Oliso to help with the rest of the nursery projects!

  4. idosew | | #4

    pressing is a make or break for the finished product. Never leave out any pressing

  5. Marty_Marie | | #5

    My tip is to always test a small piece of fabric with your heat level and to use a press cloth to protect delicate fabrics. nothing is worse then having an iron burn on your dress you just spent hours working on

  6. marymary | | #6

    My tip: use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Strength to clean the face of your iron.

    I am planning a wool jacket for Fall and really need a good iron to get professional results.

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    WillaMcNeill | | #7

    First is always press. Press every seam in order. For most things I am using best pressed spray and liking it a bunch.

    Next project for a super iron? Linen bags.

  8. TarDan731 | | #8

    After washing your fabric, press before cutting.

  9. creative_native | | #9

    Use pressing tools such as a ham for curves, sleeve board for sleeves, pant legs, etc, a straight edge for sharp seams & points. I've been sewing for 52 yrs. and it is still exciting, especially with the variety of available fabrics.
    I would use the Oliso Pro to continue sewing designer dresses, suits and bow-ties, and of course, everyday clothing.

  10. erica_ | | #10

    My tip, if you're using a poor quality iron, is to iron your pattern pieces first, before you ever turn on the steam. Once you've ironed those, then turn on the steam and iron your fabric. I've had cheap irons continue to drip and spit after I've turned the steam off, distorting my pattern paper!
    I would love to use this iron for my next project, a big carpet bag!

  11. user-2001342 | | #11

    I have been sewing for over 30 years and have used cheap irons. When I press as I sew, I use a slightly damp cloth laid over the material, especially the seams a nice steam iron effect; using this Oliso Pro, will definitely give the debutante dress I am making for my daughter's debutante ball a more professional look. I will use it on everything I iron.

  12. margiwarg | | #12

    I press my seams flat before pressing them open to get the smoothest finished look. I would love to use the new Oliso Pro to make a button down shirt I have planned.

  13. user-1020183 | | #13

    I press my hemming before stiches it is much faster on the sewing machine. look for more tip on thread that deal with ironing.

  14. Delores10550 | | #14

    Make sure the iron is set for the correct temperature so that you don't scorch or burn your fabrics/outfit. Ironing with a good iron is essential to good garment making

  15. taro009 | | #15

    I'm very careful not to move the iron around when applying fusible interfacing; just press and lift. I learned this the hard way after several bubbled and wrinkled pieces!

    I would use this iron for Vogue 1177. Creating precise tucks with my current iron would take forever!

  16. hairshaper57 | | #16

    I have been sewing most if my life, and i have tried many irons. Expensive and inexpensive. Always being careful not to pull or tug on whatever im working on. Or being in a hurry, can really mess something you have spent so much time on. Taking your time and care for the details in what your doing seems to me to be the only way to iron. With this or any other iron on the market. I would like to see how this one works though.

  17. VanRudolf | | #17

    1. I have my iron plugged into an outlet strip with a small light also plugged in the strip. So when I have my iron on, my light is on also. That is to remind me that my iron is on because I do not have an off switch. Then when I leave the room I am reminded by the light being on that my iron is still on.

    2. If I win the iron, I am going to make me a pair of trousers with very nice material which I would be afraid to press or iron with my iron. I don't trust my iron and if I had yours I would not have anxiety.

  18. msgerritz | | #18

    I love the fact that this iron pops up and youd don't have to set it upright. I would use it to iron seams in my quilts! The fact that you can just grab it, do a quck press and slide it over and let go seems like it would save a lot of time when you are pressing a lot of seams...

  19. sewandgolf | | #19

    I have been ironing for 65+ years. My tip, remember there is a difference between ironing and pressing. An Oliso iron would make the task so much simpler for a senior citizen.

  20. brandina | | #20

    I just finished a velveteen jacket without a needleboard. So, my tip is corduroy, velvet, and velveteen specific. Press from the back of the fabric where possible; layer your leftover fabric on your ironing board to help support the pile of your fabric; and only use the very tip of the iron if pressing from the back-if you must press from the right side, use only steam even light contact with the iron tip can crush the pile of your velvet.

    I would use this iron for everything! My next project is a nice breezy linen dress with a pleated skirt.

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    agapantha | | #21

    If you must use an extension cord for your iron be sure that it is sufficient to carry the amount of power drawn by the iron. I learned this the hard way when the plug of an insufficient extension cord blew up in my hand as put it into the outlet.

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    agapantha | | #22

    Oops. Hit the send before I was finished.

    If you must use an extension cord for your iron be sure that it is sufficient to carry the amount of power drawn by the iron. I learned this the hard way when the plug of an insufficient extension cord blew up in my hand as put it into the outlet.

    My next ironing-intense projects are custom western shirts for my rancher son and his three year old son.

  23. SuzSews | | #23

    My ironing tip is to always use a press cloth, my favorite being silk organza. My second tip is teach your children to iron, it's am important skill that so many have missed. Handkerchiefs are a perfect starting point.

    Would love to use this gorgeous implement on a linen shirt for my husband!

  24. user-2003399 | | #24

    I always press serged seams using a silk organza press cloth and a clapper. It makes the seams lay smooth and flat. I need a iron that gives lots of steam as this fall I plan on sewing a coat which will need lots of pressing.

  25. PinkFrog | | #25

    If your water supply is very hard, use distilled water in your iron; it will last longer!

    That iron would be great for both sewing and general ironing.

  26. Gjeometry | | #26

    If you are pressing on right side of fabric, press cloth press cloth press cloth. I managed to burn a heavyweight cotton muslin. How, you ask? Not even sure but press cloth would have saved it. i would use this terrific iron for pressing all the seams and hems and garments that I will be sewing. I am in the market for a new one and have been researching.

  27. OC_Moka | | #27

    My ironing trick ...... When I prewash my fabric I take it out of the dryer still slightly damp& iron the fabric. Then it's hang on a hanger the kind that has pincher claws. The next day the fabric is perfectly dry & straight.

    I would love to use the Oliso Pro to iron all of my sewing projects especially the ones (Heavy weight fabrics) that would cut my ironing time in half!

  28. memarston | | #28

    Pressing is the only way to achieve custom made results instead of homemade so press for success.

    My next project is will be making my own jeans for the first time. My iron is old and does not have great steam output and so I use a mist and press approach. I would not miss that extra step and I might get more done as well.

  29. SaraZoe | | #29

    My tip is always have the iron by your sewing machine, every time you sew iron the seam, first the way that is folded, then open it, I made from a roll or paper towel with padding one side with wool, the other with muslin, not to have the seams scorched. That's the difference between home made & professional made. I would love to win this state of the art of the art iron since I just can't afford one, but need to make new cloth for me since I have lost over 60 pounds. I've been ironing for a long time. Thanks for your generosity of sharing to one lucky winner your iron!

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    LuvThreadsMagazine | | #30

    My trick is to iron both side of fabric, it lays so much better. Try it and see.
    I would make crisp creases with an Oliso iron on all my sewing projects, particularly at the hems.

  31. jennieMB | | #31

    Out at the cottage I have a wood stove going in the winter and a few old sad irons (no electrical iron), so my tip for using those is to have a few heating up on the stove so you can keep switching to a hot one. I would love this new iron b/c I just found thrifting some old packages of vintage iron-on patterns in full colour. Can't wait to add some fruit to the bottom of a skirt.

  32. njts | | #32

    pressing tip: don't move the hem, seam, etc you have pressed until it has cooled. it is easy to wrinkle, crease or undo your work when the fabric is still hot.

  33. waves_gulls | | #33

    I use my iron constantly while sewing. It does not have an auto off. I tie a pretty bright ribbon to the end of the cord and clip it to my wall bulletin board when I am finished pressing. When I pass the doorway I can glance in, see the bright ribbon, and verify that the iron is unplugged.
    I would use the new iron to press everything I make, from Home Decor to my entire wardrobe.

  34. MrsNOYB | | #34

    My ironing tip is to have a sturdy ironing board with a great iron. Be safe. I will use this iron when I make dresses and pants - two of my favorite things.

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    StitchesByJeni | | #35

    Tip, use a needle board to press velvet or any fabric you could possibly crush with an iron.
    I will use the iron to make a.few dresses at first, because that is what I have on my table now. Who knows what will be next.

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    user-2713063 | | #36

    I like to have a cushiony ironing surface so I add some big towels underneath the ironing cover to absorb the steam and to have a perfect surface to iron not only garments but embroidery too. Also, I wash the cover often.

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    kprincegentry | | #37

    I am working on a color blocked fitted dress using a linen fabric. Oh the wrinkles this fabric gets. I have used my iron for almost 30 years and it has been a good one but just the other day it has decided to spit water out like a fountain. If I want steam I fill it, if I want dry I have to pour all the water out. Grr.. The best ironing tip is use a pressing cloth. It saves your project from ironing mishaps!

  38. user-2588822 | | #38

    My tip is when storing an iron in a holder made for a door, make sure it is not so high that if it is accidentally dropped it hits you in the face. I will use the iron for home dec and garment construction.

  39. Liberty1889 | | #39

    My ironing tip is: If your ironing board must be on a carpeted surface, purchase an old-fashioned ironing board with wooden legs (check estate sales.) The board will be much more stable than the type with cylindrical bars as front and back "legs." I sew mostly for dolls, so I will continue to do so with this wonderful iron.

  40. bajjmayer | | #40

    My tip is to watch the heat setting on your iron....better to iron with a lower setting and decide if you need more heat because if you iron with an iron too hot it could burn your fabric or add a shine on seam areas that discredit the quality of your garment

  41. camilleclark | | #41

    Use a press cloth. Also, press early and press often.

    I'd be so excited to win the iron - mine steams even when the steamer is turned off. After re-reading this I realize how middle aged I have become. I'm truly excited about the prospect of winning an iron!

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    Maydge | | #42

    Through many trial and errors, I've found it fruitful to always have a cover on the iron. They are made out of Teflon and it is like always having a pressing cloth on my fabrics. The heat is there but it is not directly on the fabric. Nothing melts and the iron doesn't get dirty!

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    shreya_l | | #43

    When the clothes are just out of the wash cycle that the best time to Iron! but I know it is not always feasible so steam setting works nicely on clothes. I have been planning on making a small quilt and as we know iron is a must for a quilter!

  44. RALL | | #44

    My favorite ironing tip is to press seams to one side before opening them. It gets rid of the little 'ridges' that sometimes happen on the right side of the fabric.

    I owe my great niece a quilt so with my new iron, I plan to get that quilt made and get rid of that debt.

  45. user-2684066 | | #45

    I love to iron period.I iron everything even to my husband's work shirts and hankies.
    posted;10;33PM on July 27th,2013

  46. manigoldgirl | | #46

    I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A GOOD IRON. I have raised 6 kids, all in hand sewn clothes. Taught the girls to sew, and the boys to iron. At 74, I now sew for others,(my turns coming for some new dresses)and I use my iron continually. TIP: My husband wears suits(not wool), and I found that I can wash pants in cool water gently and press when almost dry, using a pressing clothe. They turn out perfect. The jackets go to the cleaners when needed. Having a dependable iron would be great.

  47. Ikebana152 | | #47

    When using cording with bias strips for edges or button holes , hold the iron over the cording to steam it. Do not let the iron touch the cording as it will flatten it. After steaming, gently lengthen the cording on a flat surface and roll it back and forth under your hands. The cording will be uniform in diameter , with no little kinks and ready to be covered with your bias strip.

    I will be making a dress for the falll meeting of our Dress Up club.

  48. User avater
    user-1109649 | | #48

    Tip: buy a yard of silk organza in white, ivory or a light beige. Yes, use REAL SILK! It can take high heat and gives really good visibility of whatever you are pressing underneath. Cut the yard in half and you have 2 press cloths, use one for pressing and one just for fusibles. Zig-zag or serge along the cut edges to prevent ravelling. How to remember which press cloth is for fusibles? Use a bright color thread when you sew around the cut edges, to designate the "fusible press cloth". Use a thread that matches the organza for your non-fusible use press cloth.

    I iron almost everything. I prefer to look "well-pressed", not just "wrinkle-free out of the dryer".

  49. sharonaboo | | #49

    My favorite tip is.... ironing a shirring project when you are done shirring. The better the iron the better it sets your shirring. In my opinion the iron makes the shirring look very professional.
    I would LOVE to win this iron so I could do a better job ironing and faster so I could have extra time to spend with my family.

  50. BevW | | #50

    Have a good sturdy ironing board and use a press cloth. Press cloth helps to set the seam when sewing your clothes, and a great iron will make that job easier

  51. CherieNightOwl | | #51

    The best ironing tip I have is to iron every seam as you sew it. Not only will this make a more professional looking sewn product, but it will be less time standing at the ironing board at the end of a project. I plan to use the Oliso® Pro™ Smart Iron with all of my garment making!

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    ockysana | | #52

    My tip is when you iron your fabric before you cut it, iron with steam, spray on starch and iron again. I sew and quilt so this iron would come in very handy for getting seams pressed down right.

  53. DianeQue | | #53

    My ironing tip is if you are unsure what heat temperature to use when ironing an unfamiliar fabric is to always start with a low heat and work your way up to get the desired results.

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    slmendes | | #54

    My ironing tips to use while sewing is to press seams both flat as sewn as well as open or to the side both on the wrong and right side as you sew, allow the seam to cool before removing from the ironing surface, and to use ironing tools such as a pressing ham for curved seams, a seam roll for long, narrow or small curved seams and a sleeve board for sleeves and pant legs. I hope to invest in additional ironing tools for tailoring such as a tailoring pressing board, a clapper to pound seams open, and a needle board for pressing piled fabrics.
    Pressing is essential with sewing and a wonderful iron such as this Oliso Pro would be a dream to own and use!

  55. dianajanssen | | #55

    Use a clapper to help you press better seams.

  56. beckypb | | #56

    There are times when I need to press a seam, dart, etc. that just does not fit well over my standard pressing ham, seam roll or board. It's those times when I need a smaller "tool." I bought a pack of 18 washcloths for $4.00 at Walmart (get a pack with all white cloths) and I make a "ham" (smaller size, different amount of curve, etc.) and I put a small scrap of thin quilt batting on and wrap it with a scrap of muslin. It works like a charm for those "odd shapes" that need to be pressed with accuracy. I have quite a few of these in different sizes and shapes in my sewing room! I would use the Oliso iron both in sewing and art quilting. It's so aggravating when you're ready to press and the iron has turned itself off! Plus, I think the Oliso will greatly cut down on the repetitive motion we have with other irons, especially when you are working on a project that requires very frequent pressing.

  57. user-378864 | | #57

    Buy the best ironing board and iron you can afford - an adjustable board is essential! We're not all the same height, and the right height helps get it right for those details that make a project go from 'OK' to 'Oh, wow!'.

    I just invested in a new machine to tackle remaking my bedroom from duvet to curtains to surprise my husband, and making all new costumes for the church's Christmas pageant. The Oliso Pro Smart Iron with iTouch would make it all so much better, and I'd get to say, "Look what the right equipment can do!" over and over and over!

  58. fudgebohn | | #58

    My tip is never iron in your underwear!! Too easy to burn your stomach - don't ask how I know. A new iron would give me incentive to actually iron my 'wrinkle free' clothes which should be ironed.

  59. user-2481695 | | #59

    My tip is always make sure iron temp. is appropriate for your fabric. I plan to use the iron on all future sewing projects.

  60. user-2688147 | | #60

    Keep a spray bottle with water handy to remove water souble markers.
    Press the seam flat then press open. Use a light colored silk organza press cloth, you can see what you are working one. Many uses for a new iron.

  61. user-2032950 | | #61

    Your iron is probably the second most important tool in your sewing room. While sewing. It is important to press as you sew. Good pressing techniques take your garment from "homemade" to "handmade". My tip: (1) repurposing is very important in this day an age. Save your old toothbrushes. Use them to dampen seams to generate more steam. (2)Cut strips of brown paper to under seam allowances. This prevents seams from showing on the right side.

    I do a lot of tailoring,especially with wool. Having an iron dedicated to just sewing would be my wish.

  62. user-2032950 | | #62

    Cheesier 1107 Your iron is probably the second most important tool in your sewing room. While sewing. It is important to press as you sew. Good pressing techniques take your garment from "homemade" to "handmade". My tip: (1) repurposing is very important in this day an age. Save your old toothbrushes. Use them to dampen seams to generate more steam. (2)Cut strips of brown paper to under seam allowances. This prevents seams from showing on the right side.

    I do a lot of tailoring,especially with wool. Having an iron dedicated to just sewing would be my wish.

  63. User avater
    LoyalT | | #63

    Shorten your ironing time in half if you choose to cover your board with aluminum foil. It reflects the heat the iron creates which helps to heat the fibers of the garment on both sides.

    I plan to make more dresses.

  64. justmanette | | #64

    Press as you go! I have a pleated skirt this would help me out for in the fall, seeing as my old iron spits water out on my fabric all the time!

  65. stillchey | | #65

    For flawless projects, iron while fabric is slightly damp before cutting. Press all seams as you sew them and iron each piece before sewing.

  66. mrnglry | | #66

    I press everything! Even my silk embroidery ribbons, since they come of the cards with creases.
    I will be helping my granddaughter learn to sew and teach her to press, press, press.
    Thank you for including me in the drawing!

  67. User avater
    dgray | | #67

    When pressing ready to wear, start with the smallest areas and work out to the largest, e.g. pocket flaps, cuffs, plackets and collar first; then sleeves, front and back. My pressing tasks for my sewing projects would be so much more beautifully accomplished with an Oliso Pro Smart Iron, and it will look so stylish as the centerpiece of my pressing station!

  68. hojobj | | #68

    Use distilled water in your iron at all times.

  69. user-2352691 | | #69

    I use my iron to block simple knitting by holding the iron above the knitting and pressing on the steam button. The iron should not touch the knitting. What I would like to do with the new iron is to make more quilts and ironing is always a must for quilting.

  70. radanay | | #70

    When sewing garments, press each seam before moving on - it seems like extra work, but don't get lazy (learn your lesson from me) - your garment will have better shape and symmetry in the end. 30-min auto shut-off is a must for me; it helps you not forget when you are sewing late at night.

    I'm about to costume my first community theatre show this October, and I can't wait to sew for it - looking forward to sewing a 1950's style dress for the first time, and this new Oliso iron would be much appreciated at our nonprofit playhouse. Thanks!

  71. User avater
    gueneveremcmahon | | #71

    1.Always, always iron your seams open first to set the stitching and shape the garment correctly, even if you then iron the seam allowance(s) in one or the other direction for finishing.

    2. The Oliso iron has a 30 minute auto-shutoff, which makes it much handier for sewing, where you often press a seam, sew another and return only to find your iron has shut itself off in the meantime.

  72. User avater
    ppinnc | | #72

    I agree that a good iron is probably one of the most important sewing tools. I am still searching for the perfect iron and I think the Oliso is the one. I have my ironing board set up on a 90 degree angle from the left side of my sewing machine table. It is set at a 27" height which is the perfect height to make a left turn and slight roll from my sewing machine w/o getting up. It's a perfect set up for me and a great time saver. I highly recommend this if you have the space.

  73. User avater
    missgrowly | | #73

    I wanted a larger table to sew on, so we built one with 2x4's and a plyboard on top. Then covered it with cotton batting and convas fabric! Now I can make drapes and larger items and press on it too! Love it. I will use the new iron in all my sewing projects, from coats to curtains! Ironing is THE single most important thing to do!

  74. ItaB | | #74

    Always use distilled water, and test a corner of your fabric to ensure the right temperature. I'd use this iron for pressing seams and all other pressing and steaming requirements.

  75. ClassicStylez | | #75

    Use rainwater or distilled water in your iron's water reservoir as an ironing help tip to give your clothes a nicer feel.

    Aspiring fashion designer this iron will be a great addition to my new sewing room.

  76. ClassicStylez | | #76

    To clean the water chamber and vents of your iron, use a solution of one part vinegar to one part water and allow the mixture to steam through the iron. Once the process is complete, repeat the steaming with plain water to remove all traces of vinegar.

    New to Fashion Design would love to have my first professional iron.

  77. User avater
    BeenieD | | #77

    My favorite ironing tip is a lesson I learned from my dear mother. Keep a spray bottle with distilled water handy and spray clothes that you are going to iron about 15 minutes before ironing or the day before and place in plastic bag in refrigerator.
    Mother used to use a Coke bottle with a sprinkler cork in it to sprinkle her clothes and would roll them up in a plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator overnight. She always ironed first thing in the morning and our clothes never had a wrinkle.
    I have admired this iron since using it at my favorite quilt shop in SC. It irons so smoothly and because you don't have to keep sitting it up, it reduces stress on the wrist. I would use this iron for sewing, quilting as well as ironing our clothes. I wear a lot of linen and a good iron is essential. This one fits the bill because of the long cord, longer shut-off time and heat settings.

  78. User avater
    ppinnc | | #78

    Oops, I forgot to say what I'll be doing w/my new OLISO !! I have a SABLE (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy) problem that I love and w/4 granddaughters and myself to dress, I'll be sewing nonstop !!

  79. user-2542567 | | #79

    My ironing tip is to press paper pattern pieces before cutting them out, using a low(!) heat setting. This helps the pieces to lie smoother, which leads to more accurate cutting of fabrics. I plan to sew many things with help from an Oliso iron, but one special project I have been gathering fabrics for is a wallhanging depicting children of many nationalities and ethnicities encircling the world.

  80. Madquilter65 | | #80

    I think that it is important to set your seams before opening them. This iron would be awesome for mei have disabled hands but bear the pain to quilt, this iron would hell me not to have to lift the iron thus hurting myself motr

  81. User avater
    ali0423 | | #81

    Iron your seams open first to set the stitches and shape the garment correctly, then iron the seam allowance(s) in one or the other direction for finishing, press often, clean your iron internally and externally, and most of all test your fabric on a small area to make sure your iron is on the right setting.

    I will use the iron for making curtains, bedspreads and any other home dec items for our new home

  82. user-1138829 | | #82

    I suggest using T shaped metal pins rather than pins with a plastic ball on the top when pressing! If I win this fabulous prize, I will make a lovely satin handbag with pleating. A good iron makes pleating way neater!

  83. notcotuit | | #83

    I plug my iron and my ironing lamp into a plug bar together. instead of turning off the iron, I turn off the plug bar so the light goes off as well. That way I can always tell for sure if I've turned off the iron--the room is dark!
    I am a life long sewer and I have learned an iron is almost more important than a sewing machine. I would use the Oliso Pro Smart Iron for all my sewing and tailoring projects.

  84. Susan545 | | #84

    Oh, I need a new iron!

  85. quiltjls | | #85

    Tip: Read the manual. Especially if this is a new brand of iron for you. There may be some things about the iron that you would not know intuitively and you may not access all of the features if you do not acquaint yourself with the manual. Also, it could save you a lot of anguish if there is a very important difference from other irons you have used that you learn about the hard way from not reading. ie. using the wrong type of water creating brown spots on your fabrics
    I would use this iron for my quilting projects, but also any home decor, or small children's garments that I would choose to make should I be blessed with grandchildren. I think the half hour auto shut off is a better idea too.

  86. Susan545 | | #86

    I'm making my MOB dress....pressing is so important. Press before, during and after!

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    Pamellia | | #87

    I keep a remnant of corduroy next to my ironing board. When ironing on the wrong side of fabric, that might leave crush or press marks on the front, I first lay down the corduroy and lay my fabric on top. The corduroy keeps the fabric from crushing. I also use cheesecloth as a pressing cloth. I can use it single layer or fold it depending on the fabric I am ironing. I find it holds moisture well, if I need a little steam, but isn't too wet. The next project I am working out in my head is a quilted purse.

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    Colorful | | #88

    For a crisp seam: First, press (lifting the iron up and down; not iron (sliding) the seam flat, then press the seam open, and using a piece of silk organza, press the seam flat from the right side.

  89. stillchey | | #89

    For flawless projects, iron your pattern pieces first without steam, iron while fabric is slightly damp before cutting. Press all seams as you sew them and iron each piece before sewing.

    I plan to sew a lots of cotton jersey knits any my first coat, with my new Oliso® Pro™ Smart Iron.

  90. user-178494 | | #90

    Always remember the difference between "press" and "iron". If you iron (side to side) when you should press (up and down) you may stretch the fabric.

    I would like to make something with sharp crisp pleats using this iron.

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    Colorful | | #91

    Tip posted at 9:47am on July 30.

    I want to tailor a wool jacket with this iron!

  92. CindyBech1 | | #92

    I have found over the years that an iron is your best friend when sewing. Pressing seams out will give you nice crisp edges. Since I am expecting my first grandchild in January, you can bet I will be sewing lots of "girly" things for her.

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    Colorful | | #93

    Tip: Preshrink your wool fabric with a steam iron instead of sending it to the dry cleaners.

    I want to tailor a wool jacket with this iron!

  94. User avater
    thepkl | | #94

    Oh my gosh, I want this iron. Always press seams as you go when dressmaking. Use a press cloth if you think the fabric might shine and be careful pressing seams that have been serged in case they show through, especially on the likes of taffeta. Always press the double parts of the fabric first. When I finish a shirt I iron the inside back yoke first followed by the outer part, then the back, followed by the sleeves. Next comes the inside of the button bands and a run over on the back of the pocket before doing the fronts and outer part of the bands. Collar comes last with a little spray of water or starch doing the back collar first and then the front. In this way you will never get a wrinkle on your collar of cuffs.

  95. lmbarber | | #95

    I think the best tip that someone gave me when I first started sewing is take your time and press at every step of the process so that you will have professional results. I have never forgotten this and I do this every single time. I would like to win the Oliso so I can replace my dying iron and start to make my first dress.

  96. lmbarber | | #96

    I think the best tip that someone gave me when I first started sewing is take your time and press at every step of the process so that you will have professional results. I have never forgotten this and I do this every single time. I would like to win the Oliso so I can replace my dying iron and start to make my first dress.

  97. RobinMazz | | #97

    Ironing/pressing tip. When pressing a garment after cleaning; press curved seams over a ham or sleeve roll. It helps retain the correct curve of the seam without stretching panels.
    When sewing I love the heat reflective cover on my ironing board. Reflects the heat back so you get more heat but, not higher temps..

    With my new iron my very first project would be a batiste summer dress. I have the material but, have been daunted by the detailed pleats in the bodice and on the sleeves.

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    SnickerDoodle_Kids | | #98

    Pressing your seams while sewing a garment is absolutely imperative if you want a professional looking and not a "loving hands from home" sewing project. My tip is about saving time. I sew as many seams as I can before I press. I also press up hems on the garment on my FIRST trip to the ironing board.
    My next sewing project is a silk charmouse blouse for my daughter. I tame this challenging fabric by pressing it using heavy spray starch on the wrong side of the fabric before I cut it out. It makes all the difference in the world!

  99. CandMart | | #99

    I learned how to iron a shirt in 4-H back in the 50's. My approach has always been the same with a little variation since then. I cannot imagine not having an iron for clothing and for sewing as I appreciate smooth fabric and the assistance pressing and ironing gives when creating a project. There are times when i wish I had more than one iron. I have seen this iron demonstrated at a Sewing Expo and I think it is a wonderful tool.

  100. bermbroro | | #100

    I always use a press cloth and typically muslin. It is transparent and makes viewing your pressing so much easier. I will use the iron to immediately kick my old iron to the curb and finish those darn pants!

  101. User avater
    annenet | | #101

    I always use a wood clamp when pressing - it makes seams lay flat and provides crisp edges. Put the clamp down after pressing and hold for about 5 seconds.

  102. Guiditta | | #102

    1)Use distilled water in your iron. Hard water is hard on your tool!

    2)I'd use the Olio to get a handle on my fall sewing.

    Thanks for the chance to win this outstanding iron!

  103. Hummer589 | | #103

    Always use a pressing cloth on pants. I am is the process of making some pants and this iron would really come in handy.

  104. user-1115937 | | #104

    1. I always have a pressing cloth handy, as well as cold boiled water for the iron.
    2. I actually love ironing so a new fancy iron would just fill my heart's desire!

  105. KatieCrabCakes | | #105

    When sewing a garment, remember to press not iron. There is a big difference. Pressing when done properly sets the seams and does not distort the garment pieces. I would be using this iron to work on my quilts and maybe if I could squeeze it in time wise, a few shirts for my husband LOL!

  106. mcspeer | | #106

    Several comments have said to always use distilled water in your iron, but it is not always best. About twelve years ago, I bought a new top of the line Rowenta iron and used distilled water in it, as I always had with previous irons. Within just a couple of months, it began spitting and dripping every time I used it. I hauled out the directions and read them finally. Rowenta had designed that iron specifically to use tap water, NOT distilled water, and the instructions said that using distilled water would cause sputtering and dripping. For places with high mineral content in tap water, they recommended using bottled drinking water. I changed the water I used, and the problem gradually went away.

    Now I say, READ the directions before you begin using your new iron, and use the water that your iron's manufacturer recommends. Always press your seams as you work, so that when you're ready to join two pieces, they're ready to be joined. It makes the work looks so much nicer and the pieces go together more smoothly.

  107. Stephanie2X | | #107

    I'm still new to sewing so I don't have any ironing tips but I would love to win this iron and try some of the great tips so many have left.

  108. semcen | | #108

    Tip for pressing and ironing. When dealing with a large load sort your items by the temperature of ironing and then go either by going from highest setting to the lowest or vice versa. At least you will not waste time sorting for things that can be ironed at same setting.
    If I was to win this great iron, I would press seams of chanel style jacket I ma planning to make.

  109. Lillypocion | | #109

    I sew professionally and my ironing tip is about safety I used to burn my self on the iron as I worked near it. Creat habits that include careful placement of the iron far away from you on your work surface but with in reach. Also if you have the space a large pressing and cutting table that is wide enough for the width of the fabrics so you can press it flat and then cut is very nice.
    I would make my self a wrap dress with this new iron as I have started all 5 of my other projects already for the two Weddings I am going to this summer. I sew a lot!

  110. Lillypocion | | #110

    I sew professionally and my ironing tip is about safety I used to burn my self on the iron as I worked near it. Creat habits that include careful placement of the iron far away from you on your work surface but with in reach. Also if you have the space a large pressing and cutting table that is wide enough for the width of the fabrics so you can press it flat and then cut is very nice.
    I would make my self a wrap dress with this new iron as I have started all 5 of my other projects already for the two Weddings I am going to this summer. I sew a lot!

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    2tango | | #111

    Pressing all your seams as you sew is key for a wonderful garment. I like to use strips of paper in betweeen the seam allowances and a pressing cloth to make sure I have no imprints or shine. This iron looks fantastic!

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    DebyAnn | | #112

    For me, the thing I do is use filtered tap water. It's got less gunk in it than regular tap water, but not as purified as distilled water. My iron says tap water, and for the last 10 years I've used filtered tap water.

    I'm in the process of making myself a whole new wardrobe, so that means a lot of pressing and ironing. I could certainly use a new iron to help with the pressing of seams and general ironing of everything from satins to cottons as I create my new clothes.

  113. CelticDiva | | #113

    I have always hated the cord getting in my way when I press things, so I thread the cord through a large cup-hook on the wall above the ironing board. It helps!

    I'm interested to see how this iron performs on silk and wool... I love natural fibres!

  114. susanna | | #114

    My best tip is to keep a basket near the ironing board filled with press cloths and pressing hams, spray water and spray sizing, curve presser, and wood chopsticks for pressing crisp points and seams. Makes life in the sewing area a lot easier. If I were lucky enough to win this iron, I'd use it to finish a baby quilt for my new grandson... it would be great for pressing all those little bits of fabric.

  115. mrscameron | | #115

    My tip is to use a non-stick pressing cloth when working with interfacings and other sticky items. It keeps your iron nice and clean.
    I would like to make a peter-pan collared-dress for my little girl. I made one years ago that didn't turn out well at all and I'm ready to give it another go!

  116. jasminechampagne | | #116

    Press as you go! Is the best advice I've ever gotten. The finished result will always look cleaner. I would like to make gown with glitter skirts.

  117. jasminechampagne | | #117

    Press as you go! Is the best advice I've ever gotten. The finished result will always look cleaner. I would like to make gown with glitter skirts.

  118. jasminechampagne | | #118

    Press as you go! Is the best advice I've ever gotten. The finished result will always look cleaner. I would like to make gown with glitter skirts.

  119. jasminechampagne | | #119

    Press as you go! Is the best advice I've ever gotten. The finished result will always look cleaner. I would like to make gown with glitter skirts.

  120. pmkurth | | #120

    My grandmother passed this tip on to me, Keep slightly damp dress shirts in the refrigerator prior to ironing! makes ironing easier! I iron a lot- and would love to take this iron on a test drive over all my fabrics!

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    sewmuchknittting | | #121

    My tip is to not forget to get out my ham for pressing darts. That way the little 'tuck' at the base of the dart can be avoided!
    My big project this Fall is a Chanel-inspired jacket. This iron would be a great addition to my sewing space as I get ready to tackle this project :-)

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    EllynAnne | | #122

    Spritz dry clothing items, roll individually, place in plastic bags, and store in the refrigerator (if ironing is to take place soonest) or the freezer. The iron fairly glides over the chilled laundry, wrinkles disappearing like magic!

    I'm putting together a modern-day hope chest and utilizing vintage cloth goods to personalize and embellish easy care napkins, table cloths, hand towels and pillow cases. A great iron will make all the difference in the preparation and presentation of this gift.

  123. Regina_Cassady | | #123

    I really like a very fine spray when dampening or starching the fabric while pressing but I've also been concerned about the effects of the propellents used in the aerosol cans of spray starch and sizing. I use the Misto spray cans marketed as a substitute for Pam cooking spray. I've filled one with water and one with laundry starch and labeled them accordingly. When fully charged with air by pumping the lid up and down a few times they give me a superfine spray and no nasty propellents eating away at our atmosphere. An added bonus is that it costs much less to use the liquid starch than an equivalent amount of aerosol cans and then the bottle can be recycled when it's emptied.

    I'd love to use a new Oliso iron to sew tailored shirts and blouses for my husband and myself, beautiful clothes for my five grandkids and for teaching all the neighborhood kids the joys of sewing.

  124. user-1127978 | | #124

    so many great ideas. Use a dole rod and pressing cloth to help press open the long seams of a pant leg. A better iron? yes!

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    MelissaAbbott | | #125

    I can recount all the things everyone else is saying about using an iron while sewing, yes, all garments look good if you press the seams as you sew them but the seams of your quilts and your patchwork looks so much better too. I want this iron so my quilts will look better.

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    SansSouci572 | | #126

    I have a gravity feed iron and a dry press, which I love. Except that I sew all over the house! I would love to have a smaller iron to take from room to room without lugging an IV pole!

  127. hazelspi | | #127

    My tip is to not press too hard when ironing bias pieced material, a lighter up-and-down motion will help to keep the material from stretching. I am a quilter so I would be using the iron daily...I would LOVE to win it!

  128. CPeterman | | #128

    My tip, when quilting and pressing the seams of pieced work, turn the steam off. Dry pressing will minimize distortion. I'd love this beautiful iron. I'm making pants and a wool coat for fall that will definitely need some careful pressing!

  129. island_aunt | | #129

    my tip? keep your sewing iron (like your sissors) away from your husband! I will be working several projects including a couple of vest with fancy pockets for my nephew who just got his first job!

  130. nicolars | | #130

    My favorite ironing tip is to use a clapper to flatten out your seams immediately after you've ironed them, you will get much more professional results this way.

    I need to make new curtains for two different rooms, so a new iron would definitely come in handy for that project.

  131. Coelle | | #131

    My most-used ironing tip is to forgo the steam feature on the iron. Use a fine mist spray bottle on garment area, then press. For a more precise area such as along a seam line, use a small sponge-top bottle (from the office supply store for wetting envelopes. No waiting, sputtering, or accidental spills from your iron! I have a few stage costumes in the works.

  132. Charisse | | #132

    When pressing small details use the new silicone thimbles to protect your fingertips!

    I plan to make my grandchildren some outfits.

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    Kukana | | #133

    When using fusible fleece, use a very hot iron and a damp pressing cloth to protect the fashion fabric. You will get a better adhesion and your bag will be less likely to get those little bubbly puckers. I just retired my Oliso after 8 years and I miss it. I mostly used mine for quilting, much easier on the hands for those of us with arthritis. Makes all the pressing of hundreds of seams a breeze!

  134. morai | | #134

    Iron on the inside of clothing to prevent garment from fading! Continue on a newly discovered love for making my new granddaugher's clothing, next project has panels and pleats -lots of ironing.

  135. Marya1 | | #135

    When in doubt, I always use a press cloth! When pressing fusible products, I use a scrap of "ugly" fabric to use as a pressing cloth. After pressing, I just throw it away.

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    SusanLSSmith | | #136

    1. Use an oven liner with a no stick coating to protect your ironing board when applying fusible webbing or interfacing.
    2. I plan making some dresses for myself and my daughter. This iron is a great invention.

  137. Brandyfroufrou | | #137

    Number 1 ironing tip: ALWAYS wipe down your iron before using it. For some reason I always have mystery smears of some cosmic nature on my iron plate. And I plan on sewing steampunk winter coats for friends and family. A new iron will help with that monster task!

  138. jags62 | | #138

    Press as you sew. It makes sewing easier. I sew almost everyday and use an iron always.

  139. sewingtrekker | | #139

    I wear a silicone oven mitt when I want to shape fabric using the iron. I am planning to sew a new fall coat.

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    Sharonsews | | #140

    My best ironing tip....everyone has already given the tips that I use! but the number 1 thing is to "IRON AFTER EVERY SEAM IS SEWN" and I use an unfinished dowel that has a flat bottom to iron my seams. It is about 15" long and I bought it at a 'big box' hardware store.
    I am sewing a few garments for my Grandchildren for school and before that gets started, a few things for myself. I need a new iron!

  141. aindava | | #141

    I like using a larger metal knitting needle for holding down points and small areas where you're in danger of steaming your fingers. Would be fun to have a "fancy" iron, for a change.

  142. User avater
    cjwdobermom | | #142

    As a novice sewer, I'm still learning all I don't know about ironing. Here's a few things I've learnt thus far:

    1) Press as you go, using the appropriate tools for the job (clapper, ham, pressing cloths, etc).

    2) Always know exactly where your iron is on the ironing board in relation to your hands/arms. Better yet, get in the habit of always putting the iron in the same place, facing the same direction. (Yes, I AM a klutz. Yes, I've burnt my fingers trying to pick the iron up from the wrong side because I grabbed without looking - at least once. Yes, I've burnt other body parts through inattention. Yes, I'm learning to do this.)

    3) Always know where your curious cat is lurking! (Why YES, she HAS knocked the iron off the ironing board a few times!)

    4) Always unplug your iron and move it to a more stable surface at the end of your workday. (See previous comment about curious cat.)

    5) Keep a small pair of scissors nearby to trim those wayward threads that always seem to appear as soon as you step away from the sewing machine. I've found a pincushion helpful as well.

    Fortunately, even a klutz learns relatively quickly when an extremely hot surface and pain is involved! :-)

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    chelosunny | | #143

    I dampen clothes like cotton shirts before ironing. I recently recovered my ironing board with the next to the top layer being aluminum foil. If I win I willl use it to make a quilt for my niece. Thx

  144. rcolacci | | #144

    I keep a bottle of water nearby in case I come across a stubborn wrinkle OR for the purpose of ironing a crease into the item.
    I would use this iron for my quilting projects and all my sewing projects as well. Right now I am making items for a wedding and could have used it at this moment............

  145. GrandmaNaNas | | #145

    My best tip is to use wrinkle release spray when ironing difficult fabrics. I will be sewing everything with the help of this new iron.

  146. 4sons | | #146

    The best ironing tip I have is always have a piece of silk organza as a clothe to prevent marks on your fabric. Very good to see thru to the fabric being pressed. Gives a lovely press without shiny material or crease in fabric because you could not see.

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  148. 4sons | | #148

    press as you go with an organza pressing clothe and wood clapper or press.

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    Knitnut | | #149

    I still iron my white, embroidered, cutwork table linens, my pillowcases, and my sheets (the top one only - about 1/4 of the way down from the top so my face is happy with the fresh press! I am making Renaissance garments and plan to press YARDS and YARDS of fabric and trim. My best tip is to use a spray like Best Press for a nice finish, but always TEST, TEST, TEST your fabric starting with the lowest heat, lowest steam and work up to the best settings. Sometimes, my iron isn't as hot as needs to be to get the best job done, just because I'm afraid to damage the fabric. But - with my test scraps (or inside selvedges) and a silk organza press cloth - I can ramp up the heat/steam and find a good temp to get the job done easily and quickly. Good Luck Entrants! And, thanks to Threads for the opportunity and amazing publication.

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    sparkklesox | | #150

    When ironing a tight space where one would be sorely tempted to use your fingers to hold down the fabric to stop it from unfolding or unraveling and risk a nice burn I have simply used a silicone covered (or not too) pair of cooking tongs. That was before they invented silicone finger covers. It works almost as good as your own finger and lets you turn hot fabrics too.

    I would love the Oliso Pro for getting into smallish pocketed areas when turning fabric (aka birthing)my iron is not so hot at that (no pun intended - giggle).

  151. judylocke | | #151

    I have severe rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. My hands are severely deformed and painful. I think the features on this iron would make it possible to do the sewing for my granddaughter and myself. I also have everything I need to make roman shades. Sewing and reading are the two thinks I'm still able to do.

  152. momadd | | #152

    So many great tips have been given already. My tip is to learn the difference between pressing and ironing and let your iron work for you.

  153. entwistle | | #153

    Set your seams first with a quick press before you press them open (or if you're a quilter, in one direction). You'll get a more accurate seam and your fabric will lie flat.

    I'd use my new iron for the many quilts I've got planned. Lots of piecing coming up that requires lots of pressing.

  154. amysmatthews | | #154

    My ironing tips. I bump my ironing board next to my clean dining table to let long fabric rest rather than drag or hang, makes it less messy and easier to manage.

    I also use the finger tip glove that came with my hair curling wand to protect my fingers when managing tight areas.

    I have my twin daughters moth costumes for halloween that this iron would be a great help!

  155. User avater
    CarrGrand | | #155

    As a sewing instructor, I always teach beginners the difference between pressing and ironing.

    Pressing is when you put the iron down and press hard to create or reinforce the folds of hems, pleats etc (i.e. to create creases) and is essential to garment construction.

    Ironing involves sliding an iron back and forth to remove wrinkles and is normally only done on finished garments.

    Once they know the difference, they are more apt to press as they sew.

    My current project is to complete a chevron quilt. My next project is to make an embroidered tunic.

    I've used the Oliso Pro and a dealership where I teach and would love to win one!

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    Staxx | | #156

    Tip: A hand towel can do in a pinch, if you don't have a sleeve board. Roll up the towel, bend in half, and use the rounded part to press/steam your sleeve cap.

    I will use this iron, as I sew through all the fabric I inherited from my gramma!I've making a lot of work dresses lately, so likely something like that.

  157. Carly_Sue | | #157

    I have the top of the line Rowenta that works great. I would like to win this one though...have seen it used on Sewing with Nancy and Fonz and Porter sewing shows. My tip is to always read the directions carefully, whatever appliance you buy...also, to always empty the water from the iron when done using it...especially if you won't be using it again for a while...third tip is to use the
    'self cleaning' feature fairly often for fool proof maintenance and of course the pressing cloth is a must.

  158. User avater
    MsMadisson | | #158

    Hello everyone. :) I would have to say my tip is that I like to iron dress shirts out from the dryer partially damped so the items will have a clean finish once pressed. I believe with the Oliso Pro Smart Iron, I would definitely achieve a great look.

    Thank you for having this giveaway.

    [email protected]

  159. babygirlinco | | #159

    My tip is more of a safety tip. When I first started sew quilts a few years back, I had put the ironing board to the left of me and my sewing desk. I would reach over to quickly press the pieces. I did not think to keep my knees from under the ironing board and when I ironed and hit the steam button, the steam went through my knee. It took a long time to heal and had to seek medical treatment. I have since replaced the traditional ironing board with a small homemade one (made with plywood, batting, and a heat resistant fabric) that sits on my sewing desk along with a quilter's iron for piecing.

  160. BridgetMaeve | | #160

    I also like to press my seam flat to "set it" and then press it open. The threads almost mesh with the fabric when done in this manner.

    My next project is to make several receiving blankets for a niece's first baby. My daughter always appreciated the larger sized blankets which can be made by using the entire width of 45" fabric (minus the selvedges.) Sew two contrasting fabrics and then finish as desired. She liked the bound blankets best, and it was fun to add a third, coordinating fabric to the mix.

  161. Grandmagwen | | #161

    When ironing take your time, keep a spray water bottle and spray starch by your side and a pressing cloth.

  162. hulamomma | | #162

    My tip: clean the iron. :)
    I would use it to sew all kinds of things, I love upcycling and recycling the most! It's a bag thing!

  163. ln2 | | #163

    I always press each seam- while still closed, then open, then right side. Always use a seam roll to open the seams. (ALWAYS)

    I have a few press cloths from muslin to organza. I stitched a buttonhole in the corner of each to hang on the ironing board.

    I have a blazer cut out and ready for that Oliso!!

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    sewhidbey | | #164

    I've found white silk organza to be the best press cloth -- it seems to take any ironing heat, so you can use a bit higher heat with delicate underlying fabrics, resulting in good pressing results.
    Silk organza is also translucent; you can see what you are pressing -- no more curved seams or tight spots with ironed-in wrinkles.
    I use a piece about 16" x 14", but any size that's manageable and covers the width of your board will work.
    I'd use the Oliso iron on a Susan Kahlje class project through Threads that I am about to begin.

  165. tigerb | | #165

    My tip is to know what NOT to press with your iron! If using a fabric with special coatings or finishes, be careful of your iron temperature, and beware of finishes that can just melt onto your iron -- always use a press cloth to protect the soleplate.

    If I won this iron I would attack that big quilting project!

  166. pbrown6 | | #166

    My favorite sewing tip that I learned from my Mom and grandmother: always use a press cloth. We made press cloths out of face cloths. Another tip: when sewing I always press as I complete each section of my garment, press as you go!!

  167. user-979878 | | #167

    Before starting, make sure the ironing board is at the right height for you. I teach sewing and many of my students are kids. This iron would be a great tool for my next project, a T Shirt quilt for my daughter. Lots of ironing fusible interfacing to the back of T Shirts!

  168. CarolynSoto1 | | #168

    I stand on a gel mat to keep my legs from getting tired while I'm ironing. I'd use this new iron immediately for everything because the iron I have is awful. I'm working on re-creating some sentimental clothing that I made in high school 50 years ago.

  169. suemari | | #169

    Best ironing tip: Make sure you have good lighting in your ironing area. It can be easy to create problems when you can't properly see what you are doing.
    Sewing plans for new iron: Jeans for fall.

  170. daglag | | #170

    My tip is - use a quality iron to make pressing and ironing less of a chore. The bargain irons at most box stores aren't worth bothering with - save up and buy a good one! As far as what I would make - I just bought some beautiful wool/silk that's asking to be a tailored dress.

  171. lilacpimlico | | #171

    i have several different press cloths on hand, i.e. lightweight cotton for pressing fusible interfacings and silk organza for pressing darts and linens.

    my old iron spews hot water at me when steaming, so i'll retire that one and use this one for everything!

  172. fergus4 | | #172

    I like to press using a clapper, and I usually like to spray with Best Press to get a good finish. My best tip is to use asilk organza pressing cloth - you just can't beat it.

  173. deirdrenf | | #173

    I think the most important thing when ironing is to use the proper iron for the job. Sometime a little tiny one will accomplish what a large one can't, and a big one does not always get into the smallest places.

  174. user-2635900 | | #174

    Always use a press cloth and take your time pressing. Also, test your plate temperature, sometimes what you set it for is not what you actually get. I have a very long list of Christmas presents to make this year and this iron will help me get into the spirit much easier.

  175. fiberthyme | | #175

    My tip for good ironing and pressing is to go with "no steam" and to keep a spray bottle next to the iron. I switch between quilting 100% cottons to velvet and wool to drapery fabric and heirloom sewing. All needing different ironing/pressing techniques and steam/no steam. If I keep the iron empty and spray as needed for steam then I am always ready for the next garment or project. The project I am currently in the middle of is new drapes for my bedroom. One panel done 3 to go.

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    firesheep67 | | #176

    I always unplug the iron (or use it on a power strip that I can turn off). Better safe than sorry!

    I would use a new iron on all the things I plan to sew...they could all benefit from a clean, smooth soleplate with accurate temperature. My iron is a bit tired and likes to spit water on occasion ;)

    Best of luck to all!

  177. daintydeb | | #177

    My mom used to keep wet wash in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until she could get time for an ironing session. Those were the days when my dad wore one white shirt everyday.

  178. cherM | | #178

    Hi. I never put my husbands dress shirts in the dryer. I press them after they come out of the washer. Not only do they look professionally done but they seem to look nicer longer. I have a beautiful wool that would make a gorgeous fall jacket. I'm looking for that perfect lining at this point.

  179. User avater
    BarbJMW | | #179

    I've discovered that the ironing surface makes a big difference. I have a vintage wooden ironing board that I cover a layer of 100% cotton batting and muslin (that I can change when it gets stained). The firmness gives me a nice crisp pressing for all the American Girl Doll clothes that I will continue to make with this iron!

  180. peej2 | | #180

    Always use a pressing cloth. Keep a wooden skewer handy to steam open seams, not your fingers.
    I will use this iron for everything.

  181. user-1109867 | | #181

    A sheet of wax paper will make an iron glide over any fabric.
    you all have some great tips !

  182. SewDian | | #182

    My ironing tip is: Teach your children to iron and press. I am amazed at the number of people who never iron and they don't even own an iron.

    What is your most important tool when sewing? Your iron!

    I always press as I sew. Right now I am making garment covers for the clothes we don't wear often. I have placemats to make, embroidery to do, and mending. All these projects require an iron. I hope the iron I will be using will be the new Oliso Pro!!

  183. User avater
    clairezbo | | #183

    Use the cardboard from material to put inside pant leg to press open seam.

  184. CovingtonClass | | #184

    My best tip relates to my niece going off to college last year. Her mom is an avid embroiderer and sewer and had always done her ironing. My niece bought a new top and tried to iron it herself. She burned it center front near the neckline. Her Christmas stocking from me included two press cloths purchased from a fabric store. Always test the iron on the press cloth to see if it sticks. I have made all of the balloon shades and drapery in my home. This iron would be great for the coordinating pillows I will start soon. (Maybe I could give my niece my iron - with directions.)

  185. gypsysue | | #185

    I keep a small pair of scissors near my iron to snip any stray threads I notice while ironing. And I never press dark-colored items without a press cloth to eliminate shine. My sewing backlog includes several T-shirts for myself and a new quilt for my granddaughter.

  186. User avater
    krawz | | #186

    My tip is to buy professional iron cleaner for your iron rather than messing around with vinegar or clorox or any homemade iron cleaner. It's well worth spending an extra few dollars if you really love your iron.

  187. yummytops | | #187

    Press carefully during each step of the construction. Don't wait until the end to press seams open, facing into place, darts the correct direction, and finally get a professional to press the final garment.

  188. User avater
    tzivia | | #188

    I learned from my father that ironing their clothes is a way to express love for family members.

    I would use a new iron for my new business: innovative baby clothes. Innovative? Yes: not more cute or more sweet; more versatile, more durable, more expandable.

  189. Shangam | | #189

    I have learned to use my iron allot more now.My clothes I make look soo much nicer ironing as I go. My Iron just died on me so this would come in handy very much..

  190. Rainespat | | #190

    Pressing a project can make or break the project. Since I have precious time involved in any project, I would have the TOL iron to complete.
    According to sewing blogs, OLISO is definitely TOL.
    My OLISO project would be a family history quilt hopefully creating a keepsake for future generations. At 75 a person starts serious thinking about projects such as these.

  191. Shangam | | #191

    I forgot to let you know what I would be making with my new Iron! I have material all set up to make my step daughter a purse, and I can't wait to get started.. Need an Iron to make it...

  192. Flanerie | | #192

    My best pressing tip is to keep all your pressing tools and equipment handy - press cloths, spray bottles of water, a sleeve board for those hard-to-get-into areas, a tailoring ham to press smooth curves into the seams that will follow the body's curves, a roll of 1/2" wide fusible webbing tape, a can of "magic sizing" for crisp fabrics (like starch but doesn't flake)...if you have to go find the right tool when you need it, you won't use it, and life is easier when you have the right tools.
    and don't skip pressing every single seam as you sew it!
    What would I use the Oliso Pro for? Everything and anything! Talk about having the right tool...

  193. user-2698071 | | #193

    My tip:If you are teaching a child to use an iron, it is safer to have them mist or spray the fabric, rather than use the steam feature. Also make sure the ironing board is positioned at their waist level.
    I will use the new iron to iron both personal items and sewing projects.

  194. MorganaCostumes | | #194

    My ironing tip is have a spray bottle with vinegar and water handy. The vinegar will help release a bad creases, like if your are dropping the hem of a garment, or just have a stubborn wrinkle. It can also help you get a crisper long lasting crease if you want one. I find the vinegar water particularly useful on suits.

    If I won the new iron I would to make some super fun up-cycled projects I and been wanting to do, using old suits and reinventing them in to a modern shabby chic outfit.

  195. josephine54 | | #195

    To press button placket place a towel on the ironing board and the placket button side down and press from the wrong side--protects the buttons or snaps from the heat of the iron. Also I plug my iron into a strip that also has a light plugged in so that I know my iron is on if the light is on.

  196. AnneLamb | | #196

    Ironing tip: a men's cotton handkerchief works well as a pressing cloth, when dampened (repeatedly, as needed) in a bowl of water near your ironing surface.

    I would use my new iron for sewing projects (mostly quilts).

  197. TegwenIanthe | | #197

    Tip: When I doubt, iron. One should always iron as they go when sewing any project. The key to making a professional looking item is ironing your seams as you go. Also, ironing your permade clothing items can take you from looking nice to looking well put together and on top of your game. I can not say enough about ironing, and having the right iron makes all the difference.

    I always have a project going, so I would use this iron for everything! My current project is to sew everything in my wardrobe. I can tell you having an amazing iron would make this project go so much smoother.

  198. User avater
    Barb05 | | #198

    It is always best to press as you go when making a garment and using a tailors pressing ham for body seams & cures, a sleeve roll for the sleeves and a pressing mit for those hard to get at places always makes your garment look more professional. The first thing I would make after winning the amazing Oliso iron is a party dress for my granddaughter!

  199. User avater
    SuzySews | | #199

    My best ironing tip: For pressing open seams of small projects like handbags, patchwork, etc., use a sleeve board which can be kept nearby your sewing machine. This avoids having to drag out the big ironing board (or running back and forth from the sewing area to the laundry room) for those of us not blessed to have our very own "real" sewing room. ;0)

    If I win the iron, I would get a jump start on home dec projects for Christmas gift giving.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  200. machinemaven | | #200

    My best tip it to always keep your iron clean. It is so easy to make a dark mark on light fabric that is from a scorched area of the iron surface. Keep it clean and use a presscloth.
    I do a lot of sewing for others, as well as quilting and teaching. I'd immediately replace my barely surviving iron, and get to work on the king sized batik quilt I have begun.

  201. Betty McKinnon | | #201

    Along with keeping a clean tea towel handy for a press cloth, I keep a bottle of lovely-smelling lavender linen water and a couple of sheets of teflon for sandwiching appliques, etc.

    When ironing laundry I start with the delicate fabrics grouped together that require low temp, then turn up the temp for each heavier group of fabrics, ending on high for my favourite linen pants.

    My favourite quilt shop has the Oliso Pro smart iron and I love using it, especially because of its stability on the ironing board. I quilt and use multiple fabrics that are bonded with heat and I would enjoy having my own Oliso for its non-spitting quality and it's ever-charming ability to lift itself up off the ironing board to cool.

  202. User avater
    ustabahippie | | #202

    I have replaced the original padding on my ironing board with a preshrunk wool blanket, then with a heavy cotton cover. It holds the steam and sends it back through the garment I'm pressing.
    I would use that new iron for everything. I sew for my family and myself, and would love to have a fresh, new modern iron.

  203. User avater
    ustabahippie | | #203

    I have replaced the original padding on my ironing board with a preshrunk wool blanket, then with a heavy cotton cover. It holds the steam and sends it back through the garment I'm pressing.
    I would use that new iron for everything. I sew for my family and myself, and would love to have a fresh, new modern iron.

  204. User avater
    PKKing | | #204

    Tip: When using steam for the first time after I turn the iron on, I always iron over a piece of scrap fabric. Many household steam irons (including many I've owned) spit and sputter until they reach maximum temp and it can spray out water or even brown colored water if you haven't used distilled water in the tank. I've had bad water spots left on special fabric by not running the iron over scrap fabric first.

    If I won the Oliso Pro Smart Iron I would use it only for my sewing projects, and use my regular iron for household stuff. And, I have more projects than I can count going, from making cushions for an old bench, a designer handbag, a quilt for my granddaughter, blouses for myself, etc.!

  205. matrice43 | | #205

    My tip is never leave the water in your iron, which I always do but have been told not to all the time and always press those seams. I would use the iron for my first tailored jacket project.

  206. juli | | #206

    When ironing tablecloths, or any large piece of fabric, I fold it in half and press. In the end I open and press the fold to complete. It really speeds up this chore.

    If I win the iron, I'll use it to iron every sewing project in my future.

  207. user-125980 | | #207

    My suggestion is to never leave the house without ironing your clothes. I learned this from my mother and it has stood me in good stead all of my life. It is always in your best interest to put your best foot forward and shows proper respect for yourself and those you meet! I am learning to quilt and would put this iron to good use in that endeavor and also with the students I teach to sew.

  208. 3feathers | | #208

    A dear friend (who is an expert heirloom sewer)taught me to always let spray starch dry totally before ironing. If not, brown spots might appear.. : (

    My next project is nightgowns for my 3 year-old granddaughter. What fun!!

  209. Changmom | | #209

    Bought a new ironing board cover a while ago, but the padding wore thin in some spots right away. Instead of taking it off to change it, I covered the old pad with a new muslin pad and cover. Love the extra padding...fewer seam lines show through.

    I would love a TOL iron. I think quilting would be in my plans.

  210. vo1234 | | #210

    My best tip is to lay your piece on the ironboard with seams up and run your fingernail/fingertip up the seam to open it up before ironing. The seams will iron perfectly open and you won't be scorching your fingers trying to fix fabric that doesn't iron perfectly open.

    I'd use the iron to iron everything (I find ironing somewhat relaxing).

  211. mylisa | | #211

    I have my iron plugged into a strip outlet, along with a radio. The sound of the radio reminds me to turn off the strip- and my iron.

    I'll use my iron to help my nine-year-old grand daughter who just made her first garment.

  212. greenbp | | #212

    Press the shape you will sew in an example is a curve. This will make it much easier to sew. I would use the iron in making garments for my five grandchildren.

  213. Katywho | | #213

    Love my "little ironing board" or sleeve board for a no-line sleeve. Also a must for the cotton Pioneer Dresses I make for 4th graders who go on a 1 day trip to Heritage School.

  214. User avater
    sootfoot5 | | #214

    My tip is don't be afraid to have several irons and also several ironing boards. Each do different things, thus, each are indispensible. Would you want to press fusible products down with an expensive iron? No way! And why get out your big board for little jobs when the small portable will do as well?

    Folks often skip the important step of pressing when they have to get out the big board or heavy iron, but in my house I have 2 different rooms where the board folds down from the wall. And I cherish my good iron too much to use unnecessarily.

  215. amh61771 | | #215

    always press as you sew. and use the proper tools press cloth, sleeve board, hams, etc. it truly does make a difference. I sew almost everything and do lots of altering and repairs for family and friends a good steam iron would make everything easier

  216. Moonchaser | | #216

    My tip is to iron any seam laying flat on the ironing board before ironing it open or to one side on quilting. The ironing sets the thread into the fabric and makes it easier to press the seam open.

    I would use the iron on my quilting and clothing projects.

  217. lucilledupuis | | #217

    Always let important presses (interfacing, pleats) cool in place before moving them.

    I'm learning to quilt, and this iron would be perfect for all those little seams.

  218. dodgeforever | | #218

    I also use my iron to get rid of the water rings on my wooden coffee tables... works like a charm...dish towel between the table and iron mainly to protect the wood from getting scratched..

  219. user-734452 | | #219

    My tip is to press even when you don't think it needs to be pressed!
    And if I should win this iron of my dreams, I would use it for everything I sew from quilts to garments!

  220. MsWhimsey | | #220

    Whenever you press wool, mold the piece as it will lie on the body, and then let it cool in place to set the curve.

  221. cyn2355 | | #221

    I keep an ironing pad by my machine to press seams when quilting. No need to get up and down all of the time. I also finger press seams open/run them over the edge of the table to keep them open before pressing.

    If I win the iron I will use it when making baby clothes for the little angel in our family due in Sept.

  222. smallchangepurses | | #222

    I, too, "build" my ironing board surface. I buy old woolen garments, wash and dry them, cut to correct shape, then add a fluffy towel and top with cotton cover. Also, using a fluffy towel when ironing vintage fabrics or embroidery yields perfect results.

    I still iron our sheets and pillowcases, and have three purses ready for sewing and pressing....I will easily find a place to use this magic iron!

  223. User avater
    glendasews | | #223

    Pressing is the key to successful garment sewing. You can never press to much. You can press to hot so always keep the fabric content in mind before pressing.

  224. jjenner | | #224

    As others have said I think the best tips have already been given. However, you can't reiterate enough, press each seam as you sew. Also, always use distilled water, when using spray starch wait until your fabric is dry so you won't stretch it, and when steaming large flat areas, glide over the surface, don't press, so you won't stretch the fabric. I would use my iron for the quilts I am making for my MFA - Masters, final show and for the clothing I sew.

  225. QuiltinBarb | | #225

    I use the hottest setting my fabric will allow; I use spray starch on my clothes;Best Press on my quilting projects...2. I would use this iron for everything--quilt tops & garment sewing AND, my clothes...I actually enjoy ironing! I would rather iron than vacuum!

  226. Bia_Sodtown | | #226

    1. iron your crinkly fabric prior to cutting out (even if it doesn't seem to crinkly-wringly!) 2. I will sew more quilts (but also iron my shirts/outfits prior to going to work)

  227. Foxtrot401 | | #227

    I agree with all the tips I've read, but I didn't make it through all of them, so apologies if its a duplicate. I've started using a silicone baking mat to help with ironing, particularly when turning up a hem. I used a Sharpie to mark common widths,, with fabric wrong size up, I lay the mat on my fabric, say, an inch from the raw edge and fold the flap over the edge of the mat, I can use the line to make sure things were straight & even, and I can use the edge of the iron with the edge of the mat to lift and fold the flap without touching the fabric or getting fingers too close to the iron.

    I recommend a small travel sized iron and/or a tiny headed iron like clover's, and small board, for fine detail pressing, tight points etc without the effort and space of a large board, or the danger of an oversized iron burning fingers while trying to reach and hold the tiny details.

    Final tip, when using steam, always make sure the iron is fully heated, and make the first pass on the board or on a scrap fabric, before the actual project, to avoid spitting and sputtering water all over it, and to be sure it doesn't blast the project with dirty or rusty steam.

    We sell the Oliso irons in my shop and they are lovely, the auto-up feature would be useful for any ironing or sewing project that requires frequent stopping and repositioning. Faster, less awkward and no risk of scorching. The face down position is also more stable if the board is wobbly or bumped.

    I haven't tested the hypothesis, but I THINK these irons have a way of locking in the up position, which would make them exceptional for gently steam-pressing fabrics that shouldn't actually touch an iron hot enough to steam. I think that would be my primary use for one of these beauties.

  228. chidawn | | #228

    Press collars, cuffs, and flap pockets first. This makes the ironing process less cumbersome. If I win the new Oliso Pro
    iron I will make a brand new pair of pants, my own design.

  229. User avater
    etheldora | | #229

    Keep an old iron on hand for applying fusibles (interfacing, webs, etc). Just a small bit of errant adhesive on the soleplate can really ruin your morning when doing a quick press of a blouse before work.

    I would use the Oliso Pro Smart Iron for everything EXCEPT fusibles. My current "old iron" just quit working and I would happily demote my leaking Rowenta to fusibles only status. The Oliso ergonomics and quality look like a huge leap forward!

  230. pollyanna64 | | #230

    My best sewing tip is to learn the difference between ironing and pressing. Ironing is moving the iron over the surface of the fabric. Pressing is placing the iron on the area you want to press and then picking it up again, not moving it at all. Makes a difference! Pressing doesn't stretch your seam.
    If I won this wonderful I'd use it for everything!

  231. User avater
    grnthumb30 | | #231

    Years ago, my mother taught me to use kraft paper lightly dampened with a wet sponge of vinegar water to really press in pleats and folds. It worked great, but then our iron had become clogged from lime deposits, so it no longer steamed! I still occasionally will used the vinegar water trick. However, the one think I make a point to do is never used tap water in my iron. I only use distilled water and that way it doesn't develop lime deposits and I don't have to worry that "limey" steam might damage a fabric.

  232. mherath | | #232

    Always press as you sew. First press the seam flat and then open or to one side. If it is a curved seam press it on a tailor's ham.

  233. Sophie101 | | #233

    i struggle with Adult ADD. I am easily distracted. Buying an iron with automatic shutoff prevents me from leaving it on and burning my hand when I come back to iron after letting the dogs out and getting distracted by weeding for an hour or so; remembering I was sewing and then scorching the fabric because the iron was on all that time. It also keeps me from obsessingly worrying did I leave the iron on when I left the house? Even if I did, the iron will turn itself off. This may seem like an obvious tip but its reality for many people like me. If I win this iron, I will use it to return to sewing after many years absence. I'll start with an apron and work my way back to tailoring.

  234. user-2349097 | | #234

    With all the creativity we put into our projects and pressing as we sew, my best tip is to continue really beautifully pressing our garments as we wear them. I often say I came from the "Iron Age" and it sometimes seems like a lost art. Nothing like a well pressed garment to showcase the fashions we create.
    I'd use an Oliso iron for my many sewing projects and an abundance of wish-to-sews. I've dreamed of one for a long time!

  235. lmbarber | | #235

    The one tip that someone once told me to take my time to press after every step. That way, your garment would not look home made. Since my current iron is slowly bitting the dust, I would be able to make my first dress using the Oliso iron the I just "won." ;-) Thank you for the great giveaway.

  236. catisnapping | | #236

    I'm saving all these comments because there are so many good ideas here. What can I add? I'm tempted to suggest, when you win this beautiful iron, you use your old iron to make grilled cheese sandwiches. But that would be silly. So I'll relate a suggestion I read somewhere in the blogoverse about using a fish knife to turn corners all the way to a nice point. And then iron them to make them crisp. Like the sandwiches.

  237. mabowles | | #237

    I iron all my seams with a fabric covered tube, made by covering a deco fabric tube with batting and fabric. No seams show through the fabric.
    I have two couture dresses I'm wanting to make this fall. This iron would give me the couture pressing that I need.

  238. bjmimi | | #238

    Read your iron instructions carefully as to what kind of water to use - tap, distilled, or spring. It makes a difference. When I used the right stuff, my iron stopped spitting and dripping. The oliso uses tap water so that makes things easy. Love the features of the oliso.

  239. Ranak | | #239

    Use lots of steam. Especially for garment sewing, steam can make fabric behave so much better. I'd love to have this iron when I make my next project - a pintuck chambray dress.

  240. suzieinohio | | #240

    My tip is to take the time to iron! Ruffles look so wonderful when they are lightly starched and carefully pressed. I have tried to impress upon my daughter and sons the joys of well pressed clothing.

    If I won this iron I would use it for everything, but especially for ironing the dresses I will make when I complete graduate school.

  241. Ranak | | #241

    Use lots of steam. Especially for garment sewing, steam can make fabric behave so much better. I'd love to have this iron when I make my next project - a pintuck chambray dress.

  242. Ranak | | #242

    Use lots of steam. Especially for garment sewing, steam can make fabric behave so much better. I'd love to have this iron when I make my next project - a pintuck chambray dress.

  243. Ranak | | #243

    Use lots of steam. Especially for garment sewing, steam can make fabric behave so much better. I'd love to have this iron when I make my next project - a pintuck chambray dress.

  244. user-1100630 | | #244

    When trying to iron satin into strips, for example when making custom bow-ties, cut heavy stock paper to the width and length you want and wrap the satin around the paper and press. Wrap around the paper strips around as much as you need to press the seams. This provides a lot of flexibility for different needs.

    Of course, I would be using my great new iron to make bow-ties, but also satin ribbon for corsets. I make prom dresses, garters, accessories and dance costumes.

  245. Ranak | | #245

    Use lots of steam. Especially for garment sewing, steam can make fabric behave so much better. I'd love to have this iron when I make my next project - a pintuck chambray dress.

  246. marysew | | #246

    To remove wrinkles from very difficult fabrics while damp place the fabric in the freezer. When cold, iron. This makes the steam more effective. I cannot sew without my iron because I press as I go which helps to eliminate pinning and seaming more accurate.

  247. User avater
    Bytesprite1 | | #247

    To ensure crisp flat seams, iron the seam itself first, with right sides facing one another, (the way it looks when you are sewing a seam). Then, roll the seam open with the iron, until both right sides are facing up. Work from the center of the seam to each of the sides, and make sure each beginning stroke is moving in the same direction. This interlays the stitches with the fabric well to provide a crisp narrow seam, even on those curvy seams.

  248. User avater
    anttibear | | #248

    When pressing a looser weave fabric let it cool before moving it. This helps prevent the piece from stretching and losing it's shape.

    I would use the Oliso iron for everything. My next project is school clothes for my granddaughter.

  249. User avater
    jroach | | #249

    Be sure to empty the water out of your iron each time you are finished with it.

  250. Danitajc | | #250

    ALWAYS read the instructions for any iron before use!!! Can't tell you how many irons I have gone through by NOT following manufacture basic instructions; because I thought I knew better from 20 years of experienced sewing! Irons are as unique as each sewing machine and you would take the time to learn how to use a brand new one of those! I would love to learn how to use THIS advanced system and add it to my collections of irons! (Now keep them for different purposes!) Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose!

  251. Ranak | | #251

    Use lots of steam. Especially for garment sewing, steam can make fabric behave so much better. I'd love to have this iron when I make my next project - a pintuck chambray dress.

  252. SharonBall | | #252

    My tip is to use a good quality iron, keep it clean and always press your sewing projects as you go. I'd use the Oliso iron on garments that I sew as well as pressing seams on quilts.

  253. Danitajc | | #253

    ALWAYS read the instructions for any iron before use!!! Can't tell you how many irons I have gone through by NOT following manufacture basic instructions; because I thought I knew better from 20 years of experienced sewing! Irons are as unique as each sewing machine and you would take the time to learn how to use a brand new one of those! I would love to learn how to use THIS advanced system and add it to my collections of irons! (Now keep them for different purposes!) Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose!

    With this amazing new iron I wish become better about ironing interfacing which is always a challenge due to its matchless tendency to get too hot and stick to the iron. Please may that stop happening!!!

  254. kmegamom | | #254

    My best tip would be to have a really good comfortable mat to stand on while doing your ironing, especially if you have a lot to do, plus press accurately, don't be a sloppy pressure! By that I mean make sure you have your seams all the way open when pressing, not partly open because it will impact the size of your quilt squares if that is what you are making.
    I plan on using this awesome iron on everything! I don't just make quilts but I also do crafts and mending for my family, making outfits for my grandsons, etc.

  255. Jada_H | | #255

    When you get a new product we need to always read the instruction even if we know how to use them. They are helpful and will also help with trouble shooting, yes even irons. A new Olsio iron would be so helpful since mine is a hand me down and sometimes leaks water. The projects I have in mind are the purses I have made and some small quilting projects. Thanks for the chance to win the Olsio iron, would love to buy one, but I am on a fixed income and saving is hard.

  256. HarmonyQ | | #256

    I believe that your sewing is only as good as the tools you use and this includes a great iron. With this being said, I could really benefit with a new Oliso Pro Smart Iron! My current iron is ready to be reserved for dry ironing only since it spits and sputters too much. My tip is from my Grandmother who taught me to sew. When pressing any embroidery, especially antique pillow cases, hankies and linens, place a soft towel on your board and flip your embroidered item over so that you are pressing the embroidery on its wrong side. Also, do this for any shadow embroidery. In this way, the delicate handwork will be raised off the surface giving it the proper 3D effect, and the threads won't become flat or shiny.

  257. User avater
    MsRegie | | #257

    When ironing large pieces like curtains or quilt tops/backs it's super handy to have a large drying rack right next to your ironing board, in front of you essentially, so the bulk of the material can lay over the dowels. Keeps it off the floor and helps it to cool quickly to help set it.

    If I win this fabulous iron it would help tremendously with the pressing of the intricate costuming pieces for my art fantasy dolls and the myriad of fabric pieces used in landscape art quilts!! I too find ironing a relaxing process - has a quiet rhythm to it :D

  258. Ranak | | #258

    Use lots of steam. Especially for garment sewing, steam can make fabric behave so much better. I'd love to have this iron when I make my next project - a pintuck chambray dress.

  259. crafting_in_my_cave | | #259

    My tip: Make Kenneth King's seam rolls from this Threads article, https://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/17080/a-new-improved-seam-roll/page/all! Much cheaper than buying it; larger, which makes it easier to position the seam. Best of all, I got to use my curved handsewing needle for the first time!

    What would I press? Oh, maybe the quilt top that has been waiting to be quilted for more than 2 years; a knitting project that needs steam blocking; or maybe I'll finally sew my queue of garments that I've matched fabric to patterns, but haven't sewn, yet.

  260. momofcami | | #260

    My tip for ironing is when piecing press both sides of the seam to set the stitches then gently press the seam to the dark fabric.
    I would use my iron to finish my quilt and some other home dec projects.

  261. fabricstitcher | | #261

    Even when using lots of steam, gently spritzing cotton or linen and letting them sit givew an even better result. With a new Oliso Pro, finishing my new linin pants would be easy as pie, to say nothing of the shirts in my laundry roon!

  262. fabricstitcher | | #262

    Even when using lots of steam, gently spritzing cotton or linen and letting them sit givew an even better result. With a new Oliso Pro, finishing my new linin pants would be easy as pie, to say nothing of the shirts in my laundry room!

  263. Cyrill | | #263

    I'd love to try out that new no drip technology on this innovative new iron! When sewing, my tip is to press the seam first ( the way it was sewn, then open it and press flat.

  264. User avater
    mandymarie20 | | #264

    This isn't so much with the iron itself, but with the setup. As a short person, I often find ironing a bit of a challenge. To make it a bit easier, I find myself only raising my board halfway. Thankfully the classic board can be raised to different levels and not collapse!

    I also get all my tools ready before I begin: spray bottle, pitcher of water, and hangers. I also sort items and iron by categories ie. work shirts, casual shirts, dress pants, dresses, etc. so it's like a game. I have to reward myself or make a game of it because ironing is not my favorite job. I enjoy it, I'm just so impatient!

  265. KYHeloise | | #265

    One of the best ironing tips I use is, when ironing my silk or dark colored blouses, I iron them inside out which prevents marks on the outside which show the edges of facings. On the inside, after pressing facing, you can slide the iron tip under the edge of the facing and iron again and you will not see that line on the outside of the blouse. This is particularly noticeable on dark fabrics which are ironed on the right side, sometimes even when using a press cloth. When you turn the garment to the outside to touch up collar points or edged stitched lapels and fronts if necessary, using a press cloth, just iron the edge and do not go to where the edge of the facing is.

    I plan to finish a pleated skirt soon, and the Oliso would do a great job on the pleats because it has a wonderful amount of steam, which would make the creases sharp and long-lasting. Also, not having to set the iron on end each time you put it down, coupled with its great steaming quality, really makes short work of the ironing.

  266. LindaG7 | | #266

    My iron usage tips are to use distilled water in your spray bottles for dampening your fabric while ironing to keep mineral deposits from forming on the fabric and your soleplate and, if you are ironing a large garment (like wedding gowns or coats), whenever possible, hang the garment while pressing, steaming, and ironing to keep the weight off the ironing board, make it easier to shift the fabric, and keep the garment from dragging across the floor.

    I'd love to have an iron like this to help make pressing and ironing easier on my wrists and fingers. It would be a great help in sewing the pants I am working on in a fitting class I'm taking on Craftsy. ;-)

  267. User avater
    Cheriezel | | #267

    Use filtered water! Even if you don't have a filtered tap, you can buy inexpensive jugs from most grocery stores.

    I also now keep a small hand towel near what I'm ironing. If I'm forgetful and the iron turns itself off (as many of them do these days) and then I come back to it and hit the steam, mine tends to spit water from not being properly heated up all the way!

    Though this could be my inexpensive iron, so I'd really like to win the Oliso Pro.

  268. user-2128640 | | #268

    My top tip for pressing during dressmaking is to press (not iron) the line of stitching with a light hand whilst making full use of steam. Then either press the seam open, or as directed. Never press hard with the iron - but use a clapper instead on problem areas - ie. seams with multiple layers on jeans etc.

    Having this iron would re-ignite my passion for heirloom sewing.

  269. user-1146583 | | #269

    Keep the bottom of your iron very, very clean for best results. If I won the iron, I would start on my cool weather wardrobe. Wool shorts are my favorite things to wear, with tights or leggings.

  270. littlefriz | | #270

    My tip is: press as you go! It always make for a professional looking garment. I would use my new Olisio iron for pressing.

  271. DiannaCard | | #271

    Ironing Tip: When pressing hems or seams on stretchy knits, use spray starch to stabilize the area. I would use my new iron to make a knit wrap dress.

  272. SuzOH | | #272

    Definitely press as you go and use lots of steam - but check the fabric first to be sure you should steam it and what temperature is best.
    I have a lot of home dec projects I'll be needing soon, so that's what I'd use the iron on.

  273. pathersl | | #273

    Make friends with your pressing tools. A ham can be a more than a sandwich! I'm more of a quilter and the ease of an Oliso would be most welcome.

  274. Kristi888 | | #274

    Make yourself an ironing mat and a pressing ham. Other than a really good iron these tools are invaluable. Mat? Check. Ham? Check- Now all I need is a really really good iron...

  275. GrandmaMary | | #275

    Make sure it is plugged in and turned on to the right fabric you are going to use it on. I have a well and a water filtration/softening system so I just use my tap water which works just fine.
    I have my 60th HS reunion coming up and am making some outfits to wear for it. It cover 3 days. A really good iron would be nice to be able to be able for my outfits to look more professional.

  276. tbsnyder | | #276

    I remember my home economics sewing teacher (back in the early 70's) constantly enforcing the importance of pressing our seams as we go. A piece of advice that has stayed with me all these years later and has always proved to be true, so my best tip is simply to use the iron and you will never regret it! I plan to use my Oliso Pro to make my passion of quilting in the piecing process even better!

  277. cynsew | | #277

    The best tip I can think of is to "USE" your iron. So many young people these days don't even know what an iron is for. Nothing makes a garment look better than a good iron pressing! Cynthia

  278. User avater
    wendy_ware | | #278

    I like to iron my vintage rayon shirts inside out to avoid any
    unwanted sheen.
    Since I've got 2 formerly great irons that simply stopped working (I used them too much?), I look forward to using
    the Oliso on everything I sew - especially summer sun hats.

  279. Cleopatra_gr | | #279

    To position the perfect crease on pants always match the seams together.
    I plan to sew a new pair of pants and fortunately iron it with my new iron. YEAHHHH!

  280. GrandmaToni | | #280

    My mother always taught me to use Distilled Water, that's the only water I will use. Mom's are always right.... I am expecting my first and only grandbaby next month so a new iron would help as I start making little outfits for our new addition.

  281. RoseNelson | | #281

    I would love to have a new iron. I went to BU this year and we used several different irons while there. This is the only one that didn't spit or cool off too fast. Love the idea of not have to pick up the iron and stand it on it's end. That keeps you from knocking it off the ironing board. I would love to be able to iron organza or wool with out the problems cheap irons cause.
    When I am ironing clothes I like to spray the starch on all of them and then start from the bottom of the pile and iron. That way you don't have starch build up on the iron.

  282. rosiedoodle | | #282

    Great iron for shoulder problems. Had a new shoulder put in about 4 months ago and it works like a charm! Now, back to my quilting!!!

  283. jemima1 | | #283

    I keep a thin piece of cotton fabric near by to for delicate fabrics, steam when needed and press as you go. Reading comments brings back memories of my mother with the ironing board in the living room and the famous water sprinkle bottle-back then they ironed everything. My best friends mother ironed underwear! Sprinkle with water, roll up and place in the wicker laundry basket, put on the afternoon soaps on the TV and iron away. Thanks.

  284. shelliet | | #284

    Make a pressing area right by your sewing machine so that you don't have to get up and press as you go. This saves time and makes it easier to press and sew. Keep all your pressing tools within easy reach and use them.

  285. User avater
    Fluteplayer7 | | #285

    Having a spray bottle next to my iron to either set the press of a seam or take out a press mark. I have been working on modern quilting techniques. That's what my future irons will be helping me with.

  286. jlight | | #286

    The best tip I have for Ironing is iron as you go when you are sewing. This leaves a noce crisp seam, no puckers at seam lines when sewing together garments. Makes for a nice clan finished garment or finished item. My next project is to finish the quilt I started earlier this year, it will be a beautiful throw in my living room.

  287. SewTam | | #287

    Take time to carefully open your seams (clothing) or pressing in one direction (quilts) after you have set them. It makes a big difference in the next step of sewing. It can be the difference of seams or points matching up or missing the mark. I have wanted one of these irons for the longest time...Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

  288. KateTS | | #288

    Use your iron often. I iron my fabric after prewashing and before cutting. I iron after every seam. I iron while putting pieces together. Especially, iron after you have put in the hem for a finished look.

    My mother taught how to iron many years ago, and I still find ironing a very calming and relaxing pastime. Plus, it makes clothing look beautiful!

    Because of life circumstances, I haven't sewn much for quite a few years. I am currently making up for lost time, so I would use this lovely iron on the doll clothing I am making for a grand daughter, the fall wardrobe my daughter is designing, several Halloween costumes for grandchildren, and some new dresses for myself. I'd forgotten how much I love to sew!

  289. MaureenMM | | #289

    As a quilter, I use spray starch or an ironing spray on my fabrics before cutting and on the quilt backing. It prevents stretching and gives more accuracy to my piecing and helps to prevent wrinkles while I quilt. I would love to win this iron to use on my future quilt projects!

  290. User avater
    ritasue | | #290

    In the summer I like our cotton shirts to look crisp, but need them to retain the cotton's breathability. I use Mary Ellen's Best Fresh starch alternative & overspray with water, and iron after letting the garment rest for a few moments. I am really into making patterned skirts, this summer...the brighter, the better.

  291. UnaHagen | | #291

    Using the heat and steam of the iron, always shape a waistband into a curve before attaching it to a skirt or pants for an excellent fit through the waist. I'd love the Oliso iron to help me construct tailored pants for my husband.

  292. UnaHagen | | #292

    Using the heat and steam of the iron, always shape a waistband into a curve before attaching it to a skirt or pants for an excellent fit through the waist. I'd love the Oliso iron to help me construct tailored pants for my husband.

  293. Kcriss76 | | #293

    Something I came up with years ago has helped me a lot in getting accurate shoulder lines on a button front dress shirt so that a crisp seam down the sleeve is placed accurately and the collar has the folds in the right place. Most dress shirts don't have an actual seam to follow on the top of the shoulder because it has a separate piece for the area which leaves a front and rear seam that don't line up. So I started placing the shirts on a hanger and buttoning them in order to use their drape to find the exact place for the sleeve and collar lines. Then just remove the hanger carefully one side at a time after lines have been established and press in those crisp lines! Works like a charm!

    If I win an Oliso Iron I believe I'll tackle a quilt I've been avoiding because it has a few thousand seams; a double wedding ring pattern in a queen size. The Oliso would make it a much less daunting task to press all those seams accurately without getting the dreaded wrist and shoulder fatigue from lifting, lowering, and raising my iron so much. I love them and have wanted one since I first saw it on TV.

  294. lboisvert | | #294

    Definitely press as you go and take advantage of pressing tools such as hams; they make a huge difference in the outcome. I just got a silk/cashmere coating fabric, I'd use the iron for my fall coat plans!

  295. User avater
    sistrunk | | #295

    Use a tailor's clapper after steaming. I learned this tip from a class with Angela Wolf. Makes a huge difference!
    I've been wanting a Olisio for a long time. I use one at the place I take sewing classes. What will I use it for? EVERYTHING!!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  296. squrl33 | | #296

    Ironing tip: If you don't want it to look homemade, pre-press the fabric before cutting, press each seam before opening, and then press the seam open. This will give your project a professional finish

  297. Yklatt | | #297

    I only recently started to quilt and cannot tell you how important a good iron is. I like to use a quilting starch to help remove creases in the fabric prior to cutting my strips or applique pieces. Good straight fabric is the key to crisp sewing projects and straight lines. A great iron is essential to excellent end results.

  298. squrl33 | | #298

    What wouldn't I use this iron for?! My cheapo cheap iron would be donated and I'd use this one for ALL my sewing projects...which usually consist of making clothing and refashioning!

  299. Sewmeister | | #299

    My grandmother taught me to lightly sprinkle water on my husbands work shirts and roll them up in a loose roll and let the fabric sit to relax before ironing the shirt. The shirt when ironed turned out looking great. If I had just used the sprayer on the iron the shirt wouldn't look nearly as nice. I have used this method on all my cotton clothes, vintage linens, linen clothes, all cottons and mixed cotton material I use for sewing and my husbands work clothes.

    An Oliso Smart Iron would be a treat to use on the great variety of fabrics I work with. From silks and satins to flannels and fleece, an Oliso Smart Iron would make the finished sewing project look fantastic. I sew for my grandchildren and daughters items to wear from fancy dresses to burp pads and diapers An Oliso Smart Iron would be a fantastic addition to my sewing equipment.

  300. Deezines | | #300

    It is hard to overemphasize the importance of pressing to get the very best results from your sewing project! Learn how and when to press and take the time to insure your project turns out for the best. Why not take a little extra time to insure that all your effort has the best chance for success? I will continue to sew and create with or without the iron, but this iron will definitely be a welcome addition! I think the Oliso irons are made by people who truly know how important the tiniest details matter.

  301. Lewmony | | #301

    I spray cotton shirts with linen water (purchased or home made), not only does the spray help with the ironing but they smell oh so nice!

    And I will be using the iron for a pair of really cool summer pants!

  302. mastoll | | #302

    I love to make costumes for school plays and hem dresses for the choir. I will use this iron to continue sewing in this way that serves young people. My tip: do you remember those ironing hams in home-economics class? I don't have one, so I ball up a towel into the right shape, cover it with a damp cloth and fill the curved space of the garment I'm ironing. It doesn't have to happen very often, and it's not as good as a ham, but it's better than trying to iron a curved space on a flat board.

  303. user-2071624 | | #303

    Press each seam as you go. First, press both sides of the seam (it embeds the stitches slightly, then press the seam open.

    To make sure I don't end up with a ridge on each side of the pressed-open seams on the outside of the fabric, I use a press cloth; it actually is a soft and thin flannel nappy (it was new when I "borrowed" it from my sister and nephew several years ago). Also, I use 2 long strips of pre-washed cotton fabric (lawn, batiste, calico) about 2 inches by 12 inches. I place these between the body of the pieces I have joined and the seams before flattening out the seams (make sure the width of the strip is greater than the seam). I position the press cloth on top of the whole thing to complete the pressing - guaranteed to not have unsightly ridges or shiny patches. I find this technique really handy when pressing darts.

  304. User avater
    Karennn | | #304

    I keep two unfolded cloth diapers hanging from my ironing board for an always ready pressing cloth with or without water or for protection from fusibles or for a fast iron cleaning. My next project is a Bargello quilt of blues, greens and purples, ironing those seams will make a perfect seaming experience. Thanks Threads for all your ideas and inspiration!

  305. parsnip65 | | #305

    Oh the importance of a good iron! Obviously you have to take in to consideration how much you can afford,so I buy the best I can afford. I actually love to iron, and when dressmaking it's invaluable, and what a great difference it makes. I have never understood people who could afford a good iron, but dont, and you can see the difference. Needless to say I would use the Oliso Pro smart iron for everything.
    My ironing tip which I always use is to iron the wrong side of collars and cuffs which stops any puckering and then finish ironing on he right side.

  306. user-914408 | | #306

    This is a tip that has saved me many an anxious moment when leaving my home. I keep a beaded, stretch bracelet, made by my granddaughter, on my ironing board. When I turn on the iron, I place the bracelet on my wrist. When I leave home for an errand or appointment, I no longer have to wonder "did I turn off the iron!" I has saved many return trips to check the iron!
    I do garment sewing for wheelchair bound veterans and prayer quilts for people in need of comfort and prayers. Two years ago I invested in a European steam iron, it was great at first, but now the handle overheats, sputters, and spits despite frequent cleaning. My friends rave about their Oliso and the new one sounds even more fantastic. It certainly would make ironing a pleasure again.

  307. user-507757 | | #307

    I like to add a thick terry cloth towel as padding on top of the ironing board when
    pressing embroidered or textured fabric. This allows the supporting fabric to be pressed without squashing the texture of the embellishment.

    I would love to make a loose silk wrap to wear over my yoga clothes to and from the studio

  308. Qnb | | #308

    When sewing two fabrics right sides together that need to be turned press one seam open before turning. This will make the turned fabric lay flat with edges matching.

  309. User avater
    jamaco | | #309

    My best tip is to clear off everything from around your ironing board! We have a small space and things seem to pile up around my tiny sewing area.

    I will continue to make clothes for myself and for 18 inch dolls - really need a new iron and would love to have this one.

    - Janet

  310. BarbaraTW | | #310

    Best tip, Don't skip pressing when constructing a garment. Whatever you are making will always looks better if nicely pressed during construction. I will use the new iron for everything. I have a brand new Rowenta but am now suffering from buyer's remorse!

  311. kdubs518 | | #311

    My tip is to take your time with pressing. Rushing usually creates more work for me.
    I am planning on making a vintage 1950's full circle dress and the Oliso Pro Smart Iron would be fantastic!

  312. Lowing | | #312

    I always use a silk organza press cloth. This really helps to avoid shine and scorching and is transparent so I can see what I am working on. I will use my Oliso for all my ironing and pressing work.

  313. killerb53 | | #313

    This is a beautiful iron.I'm from a generation that had to iron
    your clothes and your work was checked by your grandma or mom.(you know I'm telling the truth ladies!!!)

    Barbara R.

  314. CAS48 | | #314

    Press down and up, not side to side, when piecing quilts. I will use the iron to press quilts, it should be easier to use than my heavy iron!

  315. MiramarMima | | #315

    Both of my grandmothers and my mother loved to sew and I spent many hours with them choosing patterns and sewing my own outfits as soon as I could reach the pedal on the sewing machine. They gave me the inspiration and the confidence to express myself. They stressed attention to detail in every step of the process and showed me how much difference it make to the final garment or quilt or whatever I put my hand and time into. They taught me to buy the best tools and the best fabrics I could afford for any particular project. I currently sew mainly for my granddaughters - teaching them the joy of creation. We make quilts, elaborate costumes, party dresses, curtains .. you name it! My ironing tip is to lightly sprinkle clothes with water, roll them up in a plastic bag and let them rest several hours - so the water droplets spread through the fibers. Then at ironing time, take out 2 or 3 garments at a time, spray lightly with spray starch, then iron the first one, then 2nd then 3rd, continuing in this manner till finished with all the garments. The water helps the starch to also spread through the fibers and you get perfect results with no starchy "flakes".

  316. user-828279 | | #316

    My tip for ironing is not only a good iron, but a great ironing board. My mother still owns a Mary Proctor ironing board and so does my sewing instructor. I always wash the fabric that I buy that needs prewashing (cottons etc) and press them and tag them with a scrap piece of paper that says "washed and ironed" so I don't have to figure it out later. I am making my first paper pieced quilt for my niece for her graduation and would use the iron to finish it. She is a single child, and struggled through college making ends meet (dad owed back child support for college expenses), perservered even though the loss of her 100 yr old great grandmother and closure of her aviation program/needed to transfer to another avaition school. I am making an Aviatrix quilt, the "Amelia" quilt seen on Fons and Porter and in the "Quilty" magazine.

  317. user-7820524 | | #317

    I sew clothing often and live in a climate where lightweight wool pants, trousers and jackets are the basis of my wardrobe from September to June. My best tip for ironing is to use a 1" wide, disposable foam paint brush to dip in water and "paint" down the center of a seam I wish to press open. The wedge tip of the foam brush gets moisture right into the seam. I use my press cloth and press and finish with the clapper. My seams stay beautifully open and creases are sharp when I use a wet foam brush to "Paint" the edge. Craft shops often have the brushes on sale at 10 for $1 so I have a lifetime supply for a $1 investment!

    The Oliso Pro sounds like a dream iron. I just finished as one of the participants at the first Palmer/Pletsch Knits seminar. I'm really excited about sewing knits now and pressing is a big part of fitting the fabric into the shape of the body. A great iron is a major item in my sewing room tool list and I'd love to have your new Oliso Pro!

  318. User avater
    msconsuela | | #318

    To keep your ironing board nicely padded when your purchase a new one just add the new one on top of the old one. I also keep an empty water bottle under the sink to fill quickly for iron refills. I attended the Mimi Goodwins conference and Mimi and Kenneth King inspired me to create my own style but most importantly don't skip the small steps because good craftsmanship is just as important as the fabric you choose. Pressing creases and hems are just as important as the sewing. I plan on refashioning my Goodwill finds and making them look new with Oliso's help.

  319. lululu | | #319

    I enjoy smocking and have found that glass head pins are invaluable when it is necessary to press an area that has pins in it. After I pull the threads to shape the fabric to be smocked, I pin the garment to a padded surface with the glass head pins and set the pleats with steam. If I won the Oliso Pro Smart Iron I would, of course, use it for my smocking projects!

  320. user-2580587 | | #320

    A good iron is indispensable, both for sewing and keeping your wardrobe looking decent. I tend to sew old fashioned baby clothes and frequently have to use a blue marking pen. I've found that using a child's syringe filled with cold water enables me to remove the mark prior to ironing with having to get the entire garment wet. My largest upcoming sewing endeavor is to make a full set of liturgical coverings for our church, and a top notch iron is a must when sewing with such expensive material and trims.

  321. user-803717 | | #321

    I, too, an am avid believer in pressing as you sew. Foremost in accomplishing a well pressed garment, whether during the sewing process or the completed project, is a clean ironing board cover. I keep at least two covers alternating between a clean one the one just removed which I wash in the washing machine. This along with other pressing aids such as a pressing ham, sleeve roll, pressing mit and pressing cloth assure the seamstress a nicely pressed fabric making construction more precise. Of course, a good iron is of monumental importance.
    If I win this iron I will make a white eyelet and lace dress for which I have acquired all the fabric and trim. I have a vintage pattern for my five year old granddaughter who will be thrilled with this dress. This fabulous iron would insure against any steam overload and scorching of the delicate fabric.
    A. Mae Conatser
    [email protected]

  322. sewgramms | | #322

    When In was a little girl growing up on a farm in the midwest, my mother heated her flatirons on a wood burning stove. Shirts, dresses, blouses, skirts were always perfectly pressed. I've never been able to match that.

  323. Ucquilts | | #323

    I made a height adjustable 2 ft. by 4 ft. ironing surface that has rocked my world!

    Step 1 - buy 1/2 in. precut wood at home improvement store. Find one with a smooth surface.

    Step 2 - Cover with 1 layer of thin cotton batting, wrapping around the sides. I used spray adhesive to attach it.

    Step 3 - Cover with 1 layer of unbleached muslin. I stapled this to the underside of the board.

    Step 4 - Attach board to ironing board. Put a well fitting cover on ironing board. Cover it with spay adhesive. Set covered board on top and press to attach it firmly.

    Benefits of this board:
    • Can be removed from ironing board by loosening cover and removing both from ironing board.
    • Makes ironing large pieces of fabric a breeze.
    • Lots of room for pressing quilt blocks and stacking and arranging the pieces. You can draw the finished size of the quilt blocks or units on the muslin to check size as you press.
    • It can be lowered to seating height for pressing while sewing, or raised to a standing height.
    • Makes an awesome extra surface to hold the bulk of a quilt while free motion quilting. The muslin surface keeps the quilt from sliding off.
    • Add a new layer of muslin when it gets dirty.

    I plan to use the iron to make quilts and bags.

  324. Kfaille | | #324

    As a weaver and seamstress my best friend is a good steam iron. My tip for pressing woven fabric is to block the fabric with pins on the pressing surface and steam heavily. Gently pat the fabric so as not to crush the fibers. Let it dry completely before removing.

    I would use this wonderful iron in all my sewing projects as I use my woven fabrics to make handbags and clothing.

  325. user-659305 | | #325

    Press seams, don't "iron" them. I will use this iron on both quilting and garment projects.

  326. tdigioia | | #326

    I use several different pressing cloths, of cotton, wool and silk, depending on the type and weight of fabric I am pressing. I will use the Oliso SmartIron for making clothes.

  327. user-2313416 | | #327

    Wow, reading all the great tips has been an eye opener. I have dabbld with my sewing over the years. I've never been very satisfied with most of my results, but I just learned the importance of ironing seams and hems as you go along with your project. Getting happier with my result!

    If I were to win this iron - which by the way has features that I never knew existed - I would be so happy with producing more professional garments.

  328. Porfiro | | #328

    Ironing over the years have produced disasters and excellence. My best tip is to test garment's scrap fabric before ironing the actual garment. Over the past year, I've viewed tv hosts using the Oliso iron, and I read reviews. I have a disability with which my dominant hand moves involuntarily and I exhaust quickly. If I don't have to take another step while setting the iron aside, I won't drop it, and every step I save allows me to sew more! Oliso has excellent features that would assist me with all my ironing. I wanted another brand and was sold on it. Now, however, I will purchase an Oliso if I don't win of course! I can't wait!

  329. ttzcb5 | | #329

    Ironing is a lost art. I remember watching my Grandmother spritz all her clothes with water and starch---then ironing them with a huge heavy black iron. I loved that iron. She taught me that using the weight of the iron to just press produced nicer results than long strokes with the iron.

    I use that today when I am sewing. I have had many run of the mill irons and have always longed for one that will provide the crisp clean results as the old black iron without the weight.

  330. repool | | #330

    I ironed a piece of freezer paper to an old shirt, so that I could use it to not have my iron on fusible reside gum up my ironing board. The reside comes off the paper and I don't have to pay for a silicone ironing pad.

    I would love a new iron, since I had to clean my iron from my husband using it to fuse edging on his wood project.

  331. Weena | | #331

    All my favorite pressing/ironing tips have already been offered several times here, but pressing as you sew cannot be stressed too much.

    I have an ivory silk blouse to sew, but I've been putting it off until I can buy (win?!) a new iron that doesn't spit and leak. This Oliso would be wonderful for that, and so much easier on arthritic wrist and fingers. Thanks for this opportunity.

  332. TheresaS | | #332

    My newly won Oliso will be used to teach my kids and friends how to iron and press properly. Maybe if they used the Oliso, they would be as enthusiastic about ironing as I am. Have a collar standing up on your golf shirt? Press it with an Oliso. Have a wrinkly t-shirt? Press it with an Oliso. A quality tool will always produce a quality job.

  333. Momsy_Dear | | #333

    I am a quilter but it seems most of my sewing projects lately are alterations for co-workers. I recently shortened the sleeves on a Ralph Lauren jacket and the point presser element on the Olioso would have made that mitered placket even sharper.

    One of my best tips - especially for alterations - is to spritz the crease line of the hem you have let out with a mixture of white vinegar and water and then press using a press cloth. The crease magically disappears and the new hem looks crisp and professional.

  334. Micky1 | | #334

    Basic, but important: test your iron settings on scrap fabric, press to set seams as sewn, use ham, seam roll, padding, etc. to shape to desired body curve, don't overpress. I'm planning to make my first wool tailored jacket for fall and would love the big assist the high quality Oliso would provide.

  335. User avater
    andysmom | | #335

    I always keep a large rectangle of silk organza handy as a press cloth. My second tip is get a ham holder. If you can't find one, use a football holder from a sports store. Worth its weight in gold when ironing princess seams.

  336. luvtosew66 | | #336

    My best ironing tip: I keep a medium -sized spray bottle full of water and sitting on my ironing board. To help get deep set wrinkles out, I spray the wrinkled area with a little water and iron over it - while drying the dampened area with the iron. Presto! Wrinkles gone without the fuss!
    I would not only use the iron to press quilt pieces and garment pieces that I love to sew, but also use it in a Life-Skills class at a transitional home for women that I teach at. Laundry,sewing, and ironing is a life-skill indeed! :-)

  337. luvtosew66 | | #337

    My best ironing tip: I keep a medium -sized spray bottle full of water and sitting on my ironing board. To help get deep set wrinkles out, I spray the wrinkled area with a little water and iron over it - while drying the dampened area with the iron. Presto! Wrinkles gone without the fuss!
    I would not only use the iron to press quilt pieces and garment pieces that I love to sew, but also use it in a Life-Skills class at a transitional home for women that I teach at. Laundry,sewing, and ironing is a life-skill indeed! :-)

  338. skiss | | #338

    I have never used an official press cloth but am going straight for some white silk organza after reading all of these tips! I generally let the settings guide me but this iron would make my pressing even better. My tip is the space you iron in should be as uncluttered as possible. Not having a dedicated sewing room means making space for all that goes with cutting, pressing, sewing. If I can keep things organized and uncluttered then I love sewing even more.

  339. pattymac | | #339

    When I travel
    I bring a pressing cloth with me to avoid scorching or ruining nice clothing that gets wrinkled when packed, since hotel irons are generally not high quality irons and clothing needs extra care. My next sewing project is a "Chanel" style jacket.

  340. User avater
    Mignsews | | #340

    My best tips are 1.Use distilled water 2. Iron garment both before and after pinning, and then again after sewing. 3. Always use a pressing cloth - organza works well, and so does lightweight muslin!
    I would use this iron on all of the gowns that we make at my bridal shop, Mignonette. It would be perfect for the tricky silk chiffons and satins and for making sure all those little details are crisp and perfectly pressed!

  341. Willie_C | | #341

    A great iron with a great shot of steam is wonderful! It makes ironing ruffles easy; round out the ruffle to open it, use the pointy end of the sole plate, and hit it with a shot of steam (keep your fingers as far away as you can...no burns, please!). For a new project, being able to iron the the seams open for a smooth sewing area is the best. I'm also a "old-fashioned kind of starch" person, so having a good-sized water tank and again, great steam ability makes the task so much easier!

  342. sewncreations | | #342

    I just got a sewing ham and it makes my pressing while sewing so much better. I would use the iron to replace my old one which doesn't work very well anymore.

  343. karen5684 | | #343

    1. I hate ironing...I take warm clothing directly from the dryer and mist it with a water bottle...then hang the clothing to finish drying...most things then don't need to be ironed
    2. If I had a better iron I might not hate ironing so much...and I would iron more items more often

  344. User avater
    user-2737395 | | #344

    I use a wooden TV tray stand next to me to iron everything while I sew! I am a bbeginner and would love to have a wonderful iron such as this one. Thank you!

  345. Vaune | | #345

    Press as you go, don't wait until the end!!!!! Can't emphasize that enough! I have a couple loads of vintage linens that I need to wash and press!

  346. user-956840 | | #346

    When pressing your seams, you are not "ironing". Remember not to pull and stretch. I will use my iron while making some new pencil skirts for fall!

  347. User avater
    nonna_mahoo | | #347

    Press every step of the way for more professional results! And remember, pressing is not ironing. I'd love to own this iron to help me sew some new fall dresses. Thanks for the chance to win!

  348. SueinNE | | #348

    Clean your iron as directed. white vinegar does a great job,with the steam vents Always use distilled water- ruined a few irons not doing that. Mary Ellen's Spray is wonderful

  349. user-2684818 | | #349

    i would love to win this iron as mine is old and needs some major cleaning but whether I win or not, I am already a winner with all these wonderful hints and tips. thank you everyone

  350. Sewl0vely | | #350

    My ironing board is set up behind my sewing chair so I can sew, turn around, and press. I have a lot of things on my list of things to sew. Would love a new iron.

  351. cakrt | | #351

    Periodically I prefer to iron wax paper. The stenciled logos on TShirts "pop" in appearance if ironed with wax paper. This also keeps the iron gliding.

  352. user-2340998 | | #352

    1 - Keep your iron clean by using filtered water to avoid mineral deposits.
    2 - I'll use to press my first tailored blazer, and everything else ; )

  353. mmkrzus1 | | #353

    I cannot stress enough the importance of using a ham on your ironing board for seams and rounded pattern parts. It really will shape your pattern pieces or help keep the sleeve cap shape. It also helps avoid the seam show-through you get when ironing on a flat service. Having sewn for 55 years, I was actually pretty new to iron hams. Now? I wouldn't be caught without one! As far as what I will sew using my new Oliso Pro Smart Iron, I plan on starting a craft business as soon as I can get enough bags made. A good iron will be a good business partner and will help give my bags that professional touch. Thank you.

  354. D_Mac | | #354

    When ironing a shirt, start with the collar, move on to the yoke, then the sleeves, and last to the body. This prevents the body from wrinkling again while ironing the rest of the shirt. I'm working on baby accessories. Won't need a lot of pressing, but this iron will be great when I need to.

  355. WendyBowie | | #355

    I cannot adequately stress the importance of proper pressing to a professional looking garment. Do not slide the iron, lift and press. Press often, every seam you sew. Take the time to press and your garment will look spectacular. Buy the best iron that you can afford. I will face that purchase soon as my iron is showing its age. I am saving for that purchase and plan to buy the best iron I can afford. Next to your sewing machine, your iron is the most important purchase and your most important tool.

  356. CynthiaRu | | #356

    The best suggestion I have for ironing is actually a negative....Don't put off your ironing. With the right iron, and ironing board, you can make the most wonderful original items for yourself, for family, for friends. (I've never minded ironing and actually have a reputation for it that I've developed over a lifetime.)

    What would I make with the help of my new Oloso Pro?? I'd actually start with three itens: 1) Another very feminine PINK outfit for our elder granddaughter; 2) a new Karate outfit for our younger granddaughter; and 3) a handsome jacket for out grandson. Ages for these three: 7, 5 1/2, and 1 1/2. And they love their Nanny sewn items!

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  357. olechka | | #357

    pressing can correct a lot of mistakes! each and every stitch should be ironed! i would use Oliso on my next project which is a coat!

  358. squirrel_ee | | #358

    Ironing has always been looked upon as drudgery or laborious when sewing, but when done correctly will make the project go smoothly and will decrease frustrations.
    Using a press cloth will make your life much easier.

  359. User avater
    ExclusiveHerb | | #359

    Always use a pressing cloth between your iron and your costly fabrics. There will be zero shine on your fabrics and no stain on or from your iron. Any texture on the fabric will remain exactly the same with out any smashing of brocades or burn-out fabrics when you use a high steam setting on the pressing cloth, but add no pressure to the fabric, just steam. Finger press the warm and subtle fabric flat when you feel it is necessary, and ...

    this is the tip you may not have tried:

    to protect your fingers from any steam and heat from your iron, use a chop stick or the handle end of a wooden spoon to guide the fabric as you steam press them. Have fun.

  360. user-1109679 | | #360

    Pressing is so important to well constructed garments it is hard to identify the one most important to me.... Guess I sewed for years before understanding the value of pressing enclosed seams, like collars, open before turning right side out. Pressing the seams open makes it so much easier and creates a better, crisp edge. But a point presser is critical to doing that well. Next project will be an asymetrical jacket out of a heavy cotton avant garde Japanese print, with snap closure...

  361. User avater
    ExclusiveHerb | | #361

    Always use a pressing cloth between your iron and your costly fabrics. There will be zero shine on your fabrics and no stain on or from your iron. Any texture on the fabric will remain exactly the same with out any smashing of brocades or burn-out fabrics when you use a high steam setting on the pressing cloth, but add no pressure to the fabric, just steam. Finger press the warm and subtle fabric flat when you feel it is necessary, and ...

    this is the tip you may not have tried:

    to protect your fingers from any steam and heat from your iron, use a chop stick or the handle end of a wooden spoon to guide the fabric as you steam press them. Have fun.

  362. CrystalPgh | | #362

    1. Set your iron at the correct temp. Too hot can ruin precious fabrics. Not hot enough is no good either.

    2. I'll probably use the iron to start a fall shirt or pair of slacks.

  363. Garmentseamstress | | #363

    Always press when instructed to while you're sewing - things seem to fit together so much better. My next projects are quilted placemats for Christmas and a fleece robe for myself.

  364. MrsFredPed | | #364

    My best ironing tip is to use a few drops of white vinegar in the water that goes into my steam iron. It keeps the inside of the iron clean by preventing mineral buildup and I don't have to worry about using distilled water. It does not leave an odor or mark on fabrics, either!

  365. Laisi | | #365

    Simply stated: Press seams as you sew. Waiting until you've finished sewing the garment will most likely lead to disappointment.

    I would use the Oliso Pro Smart Iron on a "Chanel" like jacket that I'm going to sew.

  366. ___Lisa___ | | #366

    My tips would be to use distilled water to avoid those sorry brown drips, to use a spray bottle to moisten your fabric, to use the clapper to hold heat on a certain area without singing, to use the ironing cloth for delicate items, and to square your shirts from the underarm seam....ironing is truly an art that is slowly fading away. I would love to see what a real iron does!

  367. ___Lisa___ | | #367

    Oh, I plan on using this wonderful item on heirloom items, such as a christening dress made from my wedding gown, and lovely quilts.

  368. User avater
    njean | | #368

    Use a clapper to press seems when doing quilt piecing to help keep the seams flat.
    I would use this iron for everything, definitely on the quilt I am planning for my bedroom.

  369. pauletteca31 | | #369

    Cut your ironing time by putting a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil will reflect heat so you're actually ironing from both sides at once.
    I'm working on quilts for my nieces-quilts require a lot of pressing as you sew them together! Beautiful iron!

  370. CCHunter | | #370

    When pressing, I gently set the iron on the material and move the iron little motion. I find that this keeps the fabric from stretching especially in quilting when matching seams are a must.

  371. golferman | | #371

    Press Often when sewing a project

  372. veras | | #372

    My tip is to use tag board or cut-up manila folders and place it between the hem and inside of the fashion fabric so when you're pressing it will prevent any lines from showing on the front.

    I plan on using the Oliso to press - and sew - my way through my fabric stash. That should keep me plenty busy!

  373. 247kath | | #373

    I always keep a press cloth handy so as not to ruin delicate fabrics. I would use this beautiful iron to make jackets for my daughter and I!

  374. Bluizeblu | | #374

    My pressing tip is to slip a piece of brown craft paper, or paper bag, between a dart and the garment before pressing. Cover with a pressing cloth, then press with appropriate heat and steam. The paper bag prevents the imprint of the dart on the front of the fabric. I would love to win the new iron because of its excellent steam control. It would help improve the quality of my sewing.

  375. User avater
    Sewfunnytroy | | #375

    When pressing I like to use real starch to make the quilt block crisp so that the bias ends do not become wonky & unmanageable. After spraying the starch on an item it is best to spread it with your hand to permit it to enter the entire fabric area & not just lay onto where the iron will absorb it all.
    I plan on using my new IRON to press the linen for the bedding as well as press my many quilt blocks in various stages of completion. I will also show off my newest member of the sewing studio with my sewing buds.

  376. greeneyes21 | | #376

    When I was in fashion design school, my teachers were sticklers for pressing. Every step of each project was critiqued and the first question asked was always "Did you press it?"

    Now that I'm older, I've been inspired to sew again by Project Runway. Everything I learned in fashion design school has stayed with me through the years. I would love to own a reliable iron that doesn't spit and drool. I am constantly pressing AND all my every day clothes are ironed--I prefer the "just pressed" look.

  377. redmoped | | #377

    My tip is: Use the right iron for the job; it makes pressing much easier. I would like to win the Oliso Pro Smart Iron for my wife so she has a great iron for her quilting! (she only has a "garment" iron right now)

  378. Sewloveable | | #378

    My pressing tip is regarding interfacing. I hate bubbling of interfacing. So here is how to prevent it. Lay your interfacing on the wrong side of your fabric of course, spritz with water, then lay sheer silk organza over the top, lay your iron over the top of a section and let it stay there for 15-20 seconds....don't move it around just let it lay and do this until you have covered every section. Finally let the fabric completely cool before even moving it from your ironing board and this will result in bubble free interfacing. I have a project I want to work on and this iron will be perfect and prevent me ruining the delicate fabric. I saw a skirt online that was $860.00 and on sale for $560.00. I am going to make this same skirt for $30.00!!!!!! Now that is what I call a deal.

  379. vhfvhf | | #379

    My tip is to roll up an old magazine, then roll IT in an old towel and pin together with safety pins. Use this roll to iron shoulder seams or any other rounded seam to keep the shape. I plan to sew a bright plaid shirt for fall and will iron during construction as described above.

  380. user-2067377 | | #380

    I swear by the Rajah cloth when ironing. It is unbeatable for getting that professional finish, particularly when setting pleats in bags, skirts or blouses. Couldn't live without it!! My next bag is now ready for the Rajah!

  381. kkarena00 | | #381

    I learned a long time ago to iron everything as you sew to create professional looking garments . I will use my new Oliso iron to iron all my new projects.

  382. SewTan | | #382

    Tip: One should always iron black and dark garments inside out to avoid getting a sheen on the fabrics from the iron.
    ~I will use the iron to teach my God daughter Jasmine how to carefully press the apron that I will teach her to make.

  383. user-2684632 | | #383

    My ironing tip is: when serging thin polyester fabric for a rolled hem, first starch heavily and then iron. Makes a much nicer looking edge and then just launder. I will use this new iron to press the clothes I am now starting to sew again.

  384. MsHem | | #384

    If ironing a very wrinkled piece and it is washable, spray it lightly with water and let it set for a minute or two. this gives the water a chance to be absorbed into the fabric and many of the wrinkles will fall out before you iron.

  385. MsHem | | #385

    Add a teaspoon of white vinegar to the water in your iron. It produces an intense steam that removes wrinkles. It will also set a crease nicely. Be careful,however, not to set a wrinkle in the fabric. A bonus of using white vinegar; it helps clear the accumulation of sediment in the water chamber.

  386. espinozalee | | #386

    If you ever have an iron that has to be cleaned on the ironing plate, you can use Scrub cleaner instead of using a mixture or a cleaning kit.

    For ironing sleeves i lay the sleeve on one side and press, then turn it over to the next side and press that.

    Paper patterns can be ironed but it depends on how crisp the paper is. If its a light weight type of paper, then it would be recommended to use a low setting, where as a hard and more crisp paper can be used at a high heat setting.

    If there is something that wont work no matter how you iron it, always try to spray water (usually spray bottles help).

    With the Oliso pro Iron, I want to be able to iron different fabrics for my patterns and to make a replica of my trench coat.

  387. User avater
    SouthernSwag | | #387

    I have two rules. 1)when in doubt use a press cloth and even if you are sure.. it is always a good idea. 2) if you don't use a press cloth then clean your iron with iron cleaner at least every 3 month. It will get the starch gunk and other build up off and keep your iron shiny and new.
    I plan to use this iron to help me press out beautiful bowties for my handmade bowtie business.

  388. pamelf | | #388

    I always use a net press cloth that you can see through-so much better than plain cloth ones. I am moving into a new home and will be sewing many window coverings hopefully in a stained glass effect. The Oliso would be a fantastic help.

  389. suenewell | | #389

    I guess my favorite ironing tip is to press the seam as sewn first, to set the thread, and then press the seam open. When I learned that, 20 or more years ago, I couldn't believe the difference! And, what would I sew using this iron? Everything! I make lots of my clothing and I love to piece quilts.

  390. ElizaDolittle | | #390

    My Iron-clad tip: Iron the fiddly bits first.(Collar, cuffs, etc.) Then iron the rest of the garment. Saves an enormous amount of time and frustration.

    How I'd use the Oliso Pro Smart Iron: I would love this iron for regular garments, but most especially for the cosplay costumes I make. Unimaginable amount of fiddly bits!

  391. pierrotdreams | | #391

    A press cloth.....I use it when ironing anything.

    Next project - a skirt for the fall

  392. sewohio | | #392

    My tip: After cleaning the soleplate of my iron, I like to run the warm iron over a piece of waxed paper and then a paper towel. Helps keep anything from sticking to my iron.
    I would use the iron to teach my granddaughters to press as they sew.

  393. user-2413788 | | #393

    Pressing is NOT a lost art, LEARN to do it and do it well! I am a studying Fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology therefore, I would use my iron to work on school projects and for my dressmaking business.

  394. vhfvhf | | #394

    My tip is to use a bar of fresh soap as a pincushion. The soap lubricates the pins for easy in, easy out. Plus, it acts like a mini air freshener by your sewing machine! I'd use my Oliso iron to press crisp pleats in the decorative sleeves of the blouse I'll sew.

  395. lakewoodlady | | #395

    Like the old adage goes 'measure twice, then cut', another lesson to be learned is 'PRESS TWICE, THEN SEW'. Pressing twice applies to seams: press as sewn to set the stitches, then press open or to one side as project requires before sewing across your seam. A much more professional look!!

  396. User avater
    CKLmommy | | #396

    Press,press and press again especially if you are hemming. It makes the job so much easier. I also use a pressing cloth dampened with watered down vinegar. Sets my hems.
    Iwould love to have this iron! It would be marvelous for all my curtain projects.

  397. user-2578315 | | #397

    I believe that pressing while sewing will make everything go so much smoothly. I would use this fantastic iron for all my garment and quilt sewing because it won't turn off after 30 seconds!!

  398. sew4charity | | #398

    1. I am new to sewing. My last iron leaked water. My current does the same while it is heating up and during the first pass in the horizontal position. Seriously. My advice, research before buying an iron. Ask the experts. 2. I live near a lot of Hurricane Sandy survivors. My plan, work with my local Habitat for Humanity to make home decor for homeowners. Considering my skill level... I will start with simple curtains, toss pillows, and duvets.

  399. tinarathbone | | #399

    1. Always use a muslin pressing cloth on the bottom of the piece/garment; and use a see-thru, silk organza press cloth on top. You will protect your ironing surface and your garment.

    2. I will use this wonderful Oliso to iron a pure silk charmeuse dress I'm sewing up, confident that the lovely Oliso Pro Iron will not spit and leak all over my precious silk the way my yucky Rowenta sometimes does.

    Hugs and wish me luck!
    (Luck, be a Lady tonight!)
    Tina in San Diego

  400. User avater
    MistressTailor | | #400

    My best ironing tip that I've read and that has changed my sewing completely is to always press your seams flat the way that they have been sewed that way the stitches will be pressed into the fabric and prevent any rippling of seams then proceed to press them open. I do this for every seam at all times and my seams always look smooth and professionally finished.
    I hope to use this iron to sew up some amazing designs and hopefully post and sell them on Etsy.

  401. babe222 | | #401

    When I want sharp Prairie points I need a good burst of steam to set the press. This seems like the iron that will do that. Thank You.

  402. smockinglynn | | #402

    My ironing tip is always press your seams as you sew. First press the seam as sewn with an up and down motion, then press the seam open or to one side. If I won the Oliso iron, I would sew a new smocked dress for my granddaughter!

  403. user-879687 | | #403

    I keep a padded mat next to my sewing machine when quilting so i can press as I sew to keep seams lined up. I would use this iron to replace my old black and decker that is always dripping water!

  404. user-2665019 | | #404

    I am a new sewer so my tip is to use a pressing cloth, it will save you a lot of hearthache. I would use my new iron to help me continue to master my new love....sewing!

  405. User avater
    sootfoot5 | | #405

    when sewing, learn the difference between ironing and pressing. I will use the iron for my good press jobs - I will use my "crud" iron for applique or anything that would get junk on the iron.

  406. user-2755085 | | #406

    I like to finger press a seam before placing on the ironing board. Just run your fingers down both sides of the seam, then press. It really helps you get a flat seam fast. If I had this iron I would love to make a princess dress for my little Belle!

  407. AIF | | #407

    My tip: Always "Test before you press!" Quite often, the temperature of your iron can change between uses and a change in iron temperature could mean disaster to your project. I will use the OLISO PRO on all of my new projects in my new window treatment business!

  408. ClariceBoyd | | #408

    When pressing with steam, press carefully. It is so satisfying to see that clean flat result, but your entire project can be ruined by stretching the bias or pulling the piece off the grain. The iron is your greatest sewing accessory. Use it and use it often.
    I am making dresses and toys for the Christmas Child Project, that our church participates in annually. Last year we contributed over 1200 boxes from our church and over 11.000 from our community. It is a gratifying ministry to serve God's children.

  409. phillykitty | | #409

    My best ironing tip is a conceptual one, once I started thinking of ironing as an equal part of the process instead of an odious task that is unpleasant but unavoidable, my sewing got much better. I am about to embark on my first winter coat made from wool using Kenneth King's tailoring techniques. Wish me luck!

  410. wlgorth | | #410

    Keep iron set up in a convenient place, iron as you sew and use a press cloth. My next project is a new fall outfit - jacket, skirt and maybe pants.

  411. sah | | #411

    Love the features of this iron. since I am a project leader for a 4-H sewing group it would come in very handy.

    My hint to my 4-Hers(and to all beginning sewers)is to always press as you go and then your finished product comes out much better. I also teach them the difference between pressing and ironing.

    My first project would probably be a dress for each of my 3 grand daughters and a shirt for my grandson.

  412. arledesign | | #412

    Fashion pressing needs pressing notions: pressing ham, log, and the wooden tools (can't remember the right names). They are not hard to use but can make the difference between a home made look and couture vision!

  413. user-970821 | | #413

    Press as you sew. It really is important and remember pressing is different from ironing. I would use this iron to make all of my future projects look polished and enjoy the smiles on my recipients faces as I tend to make gifts instead of getting down to a wardrobe for myself. Maybe this iron will inspire me to change that.

  414. mtepper | | #414

    Press as you sew. Set those seams. Use a pressing cloth. Use the WHOLE ironing board. I have a whole fall and winter wardrobe planned so I would use the Oslio Pro for all my pressing and ironing.

  415. user-1132458 | | #415

    My tip: Use a clapper. Fabric has no memory when it's hot, so cool it down after ironing by placing a wooden clapper on it for a few seconds. This works especially well with corners on collars. I would use the Oliso to help tailor the crisp garments that are my favorite things to design.

  416. margepoc | | #416

    My favorite tip came from my Mom. When she would have a fabric that was stubborn or one she couldn't use starch with, she would put it in a paper bag in the refrigerator. This iron would help me teach my grandchildren all of the special tips my Mom shared with me. I remember how special it made me feel, and I see that same look in their eyes.

  417. MaryAnnTX | | #417

    If using spray starch when ironing, spray on the wrong side of the fabric....iron on the right side so no starch will build up on your iron. The iron would be a big help in restyling several skirts, as well as my quilting projects.

  418. MaryAnnTX | | #418

    If using spray starch when ironing, spray on the wrong side and iron on the right side of the fabric to prevent starch buildup on the iron. I would use the iron when restyling several skirts and also on my quilting projects.

  419. beemmcee | | #419

    My best tip is to always make sure that your ironing board is free of lint from a previous session.
    I would use this wonderful iron in making a jacket from embroidered, beaded Indian silk, a gift from my son.

  420. violetDC | | #420

    My tip as a new sewer is to always iron the fabric before cutting out the pattern. You don't want to cut wrinkled fabric.
    I would use the Oliso iron on pajama pants for my grandchildren for Christmas.

  421. Elcey | | #421

    My favorite tip is to iron collars, cuffs and hems on the wrong side first; then iron them on the right side. This will help prevent them from puckering. I plan to make my 3 year old granddaughter a party dress!

  422. user-2086364 | | #422

    Use Best Press, ♥ this stuff! I won't ever go without it again. I will be sewing quilt blocks, from the book ~ Block Party, by Marsha McCloskey. I love the way this Iron can be set flat and the feet come out, wow!! Good Luck everyone :)

    /Cross my fingers!
    Melody K

  423. MaryJanuary | | #423

    My best ironing tip is to use a sleeve board as a tailor's clapper- it works great! If I won the Oliso Pro Smart Iron, I would use it as I make my very first quilt.

  424. vhfvhf | | #424

    My tip is to keep an aloe plant in the sewing/ironing area just in case you burn yourself. Just split an aloe leaf and rub the get on your burn. I will use the iron to crisply press the pleated black blouse I plan to sew.

  425. User avater
    bj_sews_on | | #425

    Before you hem any garment, sleeve or curtain panel, take your project and a guage to your ironing board. You can use the iron to press in and "mark" your hem, measuring with a guage as you go. This assures that the hemline will be straight and neat before you turn under or trim the edge, especially on woven fabrics.

    I love the bottom plate of the Oliso Pro. Because it doesn't have deep grooves that might snag on narrow creases, I will use it to make bias tape in bright colors. The bias will trim girl's aprons and make pillowcase dress ties for mission groups overseas.

  426. AnaV5 | | #426

    My best ironing tip for sewing begins with ironing my fabric before I even layout my pattern pieces, this will ensure that the fabric is perfectly smooth for arranging my pattern pieces & cutting. I am planning on making suit coats for myself this fall with some wool crêpe, this project requires a lot of pressing & steaming for it to turn out professional looking; so I hope I'm lucky enough to win & make my life a lot easier!

  427. Debi_11 | | #427

    Keep a spray bottle full of water handy for those stubborn wrinkles. The Oliso Pro Smart Iron would be useful when I need a hard pressed seam allowance.

  428. beabob | | #428

    My tip for ironing, steam is your best friend and all ways press your seams after sewing, don't wait till the end.
    Will be sewing a Christening Gown for my grandchild, will be born in April.

  429. Ell_Rae | | #429

    My tip is to use the spray, it really helps to have the steam, makes the pressing better. I agree also that pressing often is so very important when sewing.
    I learned to sew when I was young, from my mother who know longer can sew. I have her sewing machine now, and mine, and want to sew again, design some outfits, and get back to who I was 20 some years ago. I do not have an iron, so I would use it to make everything. I use to win prizes when I was in 4-H, went to state several times for the garments I made. I made a couple of coats, and all sorts of stuff. I want to do that again, it's part of remembering my mom how she was before she became ill and lost her memory.

  430. user-1114374 | | #430

    You can make your own seam pressing stick by cutting a length of bannister railing (available at any hardware store)to the length you want. Place it flat side down on your ironing surface. Lay your seam along the bannister lengthwise, The under fabric will drape down enough that you avoid "seam" lines on the right side as you press your seams open. You can sew a cover for this "stick" out of wool or other appropriate fabric to give yourself a bit of padding and to help your garment stay in place better as you press. I used to hide the ironing my mom gave me to do as a girl. I would love to win this iron to see the joy of an iron that actually works and smoothes that fabric! Then I might enjoy that ironong for the first time!

  431. Sewsophie | | #431

    My current best tip is to keep a roll of paper towels handy to mop up the leaks from my not very old iron. To iron and press with an iron that had the good manners not to spit would be great.

  432. user-316680 | | #432

    Use batiste, lawn, or toile as a sheer pressing cloth when to ensure proper iron placement. I would love to use this new iron on my third tailored wool jacket!

  433. User avater
    Karne | | #433

    My best ironing tip is what a difference a pressing cloth makes. I usually use silk organza, I can see through it and it takes the heat well. I would use this iron on everything I sew, but specifically on a wool jacket I'm making for my daughter. It would be super on the tailoring parts. Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  434. Ronime | | #434

    I press the patchwork seam as sewn first then open up the block and use a popsicle stick to "finger" press before using the iron to press the seam flat. With the new iron I would try a more intricate pieced quilt.

    Good luck everyone!

  435. Ronime | | #435

    I press the patchwork seam as sewn first then open up the block and use a popsicle stick to "finger" press before using the iron to press the seam flat. With the new iron I would try a more intricate pieced quilt.

    Good luck everyone!

  436. Ronime | | #436

    I press the patchwork seam as sewn first then open up the block and use a popsicle stick to "finger" press before using the iron to press the seam flat. With the new iron I would try a more intricate pieced quilt.

    Good luck everyone!

  437. User avater
    rocksy71 | | #437

    The best tip i could offer anyone wanting to Iron, press or just sew anything is...
    Give it to your Mom she always knows best and the iron is for her if i win it

  438. DMMichaelson | | #438

    When sewing, iron your seams before and between each section you sew. Your work will look much better when finished and you will have less puckered seams too. Don't forget to always use a pressing cloth. This iron would come be used for my design projects that I will complete as part of my graduate studies.

  439. user-911752 | | #439

    My best tip is to use an empty cardboard fabric roll from the fabric store to make a seam roll. Cut it to a length to fit your ironing board. Lay a piece of scrap fabric over it or wrap it in fabric and press away. It is particularly good for pant legs and sleeve seams because you can press the whole seam at once. Best of all it is free. If I win the Oliso I would use it to make my Fall wardrobe and make a new quilt for my grandson.

  440. Azurea | | #440

    I like to the caddy at the end of the ironing board to set my iron on while using it. Much easier than setting it on it's heel.
    I've moved recently so I have lots of window treatments to make. A greT iron will come in handy!

  441. franknsense | | #441

    Remove candle wax from carpet by picking up excess wax, and then placing a handkerchief over the spot. With iron on warm, iron over the spot. The excess was will adhere to the handkerchief.

  442. Zybo | | #442

    My tip is to lower your ironing board to the height of your sewing table so that you can just swing around in your chair and press as you sew. That way you don't have to keep getting up to press seams open, etc.
    I would use this beautiful new iron for all my sewing projects, especially my little grand daughter's clothes. The iron I have now leaks water all over everything.

  443. bonniecrocker | | #443

    My best tip is to use a pressing cloth to avoid the shine that can happen when pressing so many fabrics.

    I cut an 18 x 18 square of silk organza and serged the edges. I sewed a small ribbon loop on the corner and it hangs on a little hook right in front of the ironing board.

  444. mkmoore2464 | | #444

    My tips is to press press press it make all the difference in the appearance of the garment. Since retiring after 25 years with the government I will be starting my own business and also teaching (young and old) the art of sewing...this Oliso Iron will help with my method of pressing as well as steaming process of sewing garments.

  445. Sewzy | | #445

    A tip from mom: for stubborn wrinkles, spray with water then let the fabric sit for a minute. Then iron. I would use the new iron to help me make curtains and garments :-)

  446. user-1139954 | | #446

    The easiest way to iron your sheets is: plug your iron into the wall socket closest to your bed and put the bottom sheet on the mattress. Spray with your favorite spray (mine is Best Press Lavender) or use a light misting of water. Press in place. Do the same with your top sheets. Also, using the steam feature helps to freshen the mattress cover. After all, you spend between 6-8 hours in bed, why not may it a wonderful experience. Since I make costumes, quilts & clothes, plus,use my iron to do my sheets, I sure could use a nice new one!

  447. dsantil71 | | #447

    Use a pressing cloth! I will sew everything I have been planning on sewing! My iron is ages old and makes sounds now!

  448. mollyj | | #448

    Spraying garment with cold water before ironing is my best time. I'm sewing up smocked dresses and a good iron is a must.

  449. user-2779492 | | #449

    My best tip is to always set your iron to match your fabric. I would use this new Oliso iron to iron all my projects. I am using a travel iron at this time (though I do love it.) It does a great job even if only "petite".

  450. user-1127959 | | #450

    I have a small portable ironing pad I use on the serger desk next to my sewing machine desk and set my iron up there to just swing around and do small ironing jobs. If I need a larger surface I move the iron to the regular ironing board for that purpose. Sometimes it would be so nice to have 2 irons so I didn't have to keep plugging and unplugging my iron to move it.

  451. littlelark98 | | #451

    I plan to use my Oliso Iron to make a mother of the groom dress for my sister to wear to her son's wedding - she has been requested to wear a victorian steam punk type outfit.
    My best tip is to always use a press cloth and press from the wrong side on delicate fabrics to avoid leaving a seam imprint on the right side!

  452. Daffodils_Tulips | | #452

    Wow! There a lot of good and helpful tips here!
    My tips are:

    1. Make sure you have an ironing board that is the perfect height, so you don't get awful back cramps like I do when I am ironing for an extended period of time.

    2. Always turn your iron off when you walk away, even if they have the feature to turn off by themselves (that could always fail when you least expect it to :)).

    3. Use distilled water in your iron so you don't have to worry about minerals building up in the steam vents of your iron.

  453. Daffodils_Tulips | | #453

    oops I forgot to add what projects I would use this iron for! I would love to use this iron for all of my projects in the future. I am currently working on a mandarin collared skirt with ruffles and three-quarter sleeves.

  454. User avater
    Maydge | | #454

    It pays off to have a pressing ham and a clapper. A buffer, or a pressing cloth can really preserve your beautiful fabric :)

  455. User avater
    angelap | | #455

    My tip is to keep your iron clean. I clean the sole plate often & empty the water out between uses. Afetr going through a few irons that spit, I learned to empty the water out because is will cause calcium deposits. I would love to use this iron to sew clothes for kids.

  456. SnarkyVegan | | #456

    Oh man I've been in love with this iron ever since I saw Mimi G demo it on her website!

    1. TIP: Don't iron anything after more than 2 cups of coffee because you'll be more easily distracted and won't spend the time to be careful and get it right. Trust me on this.

    2. Before sewing anything new, I'd go over all the stuff I've made in the past year and "fix" them. Especially that origami hem on Vogue skirt 1292 that I made in alternating brown and red ponte. I never did get the origami pieces to have crisp edges. My old iron just couldn't handle it, even with a pressing cloth. THEN, I'd feel confident in making more of this skirt. The hem looks trickier than it really is but I believe the secret is in the ironing.

  457. BerninaFan39 | | #457

    My TIP: Don't let your sister borrow your iron unless you are there to supervise. She tried to iron her pants while wearing them!

    I am making smocks for pediatric heart patients at TX Children's Hospital and a good iron makes the job easier with better looking results!

  458. User avater
    user-2481826 | | #458

    My tip: When pressing over pins, always be sure to use glass head pins. Plastic can melt and harm your fabric and iron. Also, when ironing an embroidered design, turn the design face down on a thick towel. Never iron the embroidery design itself.

    I will use the iron in making the following: 3 Christening Gowns I have already designed, a baptism dress for my daughter, an Inverness Cape for my husband, a kilted skirt for myself, and maybe a hat or two if my hubby can find me a good fabric for them.

  459. ncjeepster | | #459

    1- I always iron my fabric before I cut. It really helps when I cut it, it lays flatter and I know I'm getting the best cut. Really helps when cutting strips.

    I need an iron, this iron would be my 3rd hand to help me iron my quilts and other sewing projects.

    Thanks for the chance.

  460. catharoo | | #460

    My tip is to always iron your fabric before you cut and sew. I sew everything; quilts, clothing, curtains, car seat covers!

  461. user-1112581 | | #461

    Tip: Clean your iron with magic erasers, works well when hot. I sew constantly, the iron would be constantly used.

  462. User avater
    MissPat | | #462

    Use both ends of your ironing board to iron shirts. I iron as follows, collar, and sleeves, on the middle, the yokes on narrow end of the board then switch to the squared end to iron the fronts and back. My iron and ironing board are never "put away" as I am a costumer for community theatre and also sew for a 14-year-old granddaughter who wants to wear vintage clothing from the 1940's. I also quilt in my spare time. I would love one of these new irons.

  463. User avater
    Beckys_CSA | | #463

    Tips: Press your seams as you go when constructing a garment. Everything just seems to go together better. Also, when in doubt and even when not in doubt use your press cloth especially with bridal and formal wear sewing. I will use the iron mostly with alterations and garment construction.

  464. User avater
    zanygumby | | #464

    tip: when cleaning your iron put a cup of vinegar in where you put the water to and turn on iron push steam button this will clean out any calcium build up in you iron.
    I will be making headbands with my granddaughter:)

  465. reinbarb | | #465

    My ironing tip: steam your dart, then pinch the tip before ironing.
    I'd use the iron to make a gored skirt.

  466. Lolli1215 | | #466

    I love to iron, it is therapy for me and i can get into my thoughts, a great iron can help me do the best job while I keep creating what I want to do next.
    I make drapes for family and friends.
    Would love this great iron
    Thank you for the entry

  467. patsy331 | | #467

    DON'T. Let anyone "borrow" this iron. YOU WILL NEVER GET IT BACK. This iron almost talks, that's how easy this iron is.

  468. StitchingSiren | | #468

    While ironing don't forget to use a pressing cloth for your fabrics because it will prevent unwanted shine, scorching and any gunk from your iron plate re-transfering to your fabric.

    I can't wait to have my own sewing iron to make some clothing for fall.

  469. Jabm | | #469

    TO PRESS GATHERS gently pull the fabric that the gathers are attached to as you guide the iron in and out between the gathers. Move out from the gathered seam about seven inches before moving back in. Lift iron up as necessary to reestablish the straigt line of pressing into the gather.

    The finished line of gathers will look even, rolling and well pressed.

  470. angel80715 | | #470

    I iron my patterns before using them and found that they will get smaller if your iron is to hot. I ironed one on med to high heat and made the skirt and it was to small. I made the is skirt two times before so I looked the seams, no that was ok, so I got the tap message to see if I got bigger, and no that wasn't it. So I messaged the pattern and it was smaller. So use a good iron for your pattern, one that you know what the temp is. Funny but true!!!

  471. JennClem13 | | #471

    For my husband's work/dress shirts, I like to use liquid starch in the final rinse and run them through the spin cycle twice. I pull them from the washer one at a time and use the cotton setting, or linen if needed, on my iron.
    If I won the Oliso Pro iron, my first project with it would be making quilted Christmas tree skirts for my family this holiday season.

  472. Munchie66 | | #472

    Learn the difference between pressing and ironing. Always press when sewing as ironing can distort the fabric and seams. I will use the Oliso Pro Smart iron to help me make my first wrap dress.

  473. user-2297052 | | #473

    Run out of iron cleaner and you've gunked up your iron? Wrap a piece of white wax candle in a piece of soft clean old cotton or terry, warm up the iron then gently rub over the cloth/candle pad until the gunk melts onto the cloth. I would use my new iron to press the frills on the 6 long train Spanish flamenco skirts I have to make!

  474. sparkyd | | #474

    A clapper makes all the difference in the world! It is well worth the price.

    I will use the

  475. Bicyclekitty | | #475

    The clapper is the best tool for ironing bar none!

  476. zzz123 | | #476

    My best ironing tip is for pressing quilt fabric. I lay my fabric out on a flat surface and spray it very well with starch. I smooth out the damp fabric with my hands and let it dry in place. Then I press the fabric. I find this eliminates most of the wrinkles and my fabric is nice and crisp and ready for cutting. If I win this wonderful iron, I will use it to press the fabric for my next quilt, and my next one, and my next one,......!

  477. talliana | | #477

    My tip is to iron each seam as you sew them for a more professional looking project. I will use it to iron everything.

  478. meg | | #478

    My favorite tip is to have an electrical outlet installed in the ceiling, above the ironing board. Then your cord doesn't get tangled in the fabric you're trying to press or iron. My very handy husband installed an outlet and an industrial-sized retractable extension cord above the ironing area in my sewing room, and I am SO happy.

    If I win this fabulous iron (and I have iron envy, because one of my quilty-friends owns one of these beauties), I will continue working my way through my stash: I'm making simple wraps for our elementary school children to wear when they have fire drills each month. Thank you!

  479. JAS3122 | | #479

    This is a great iron for anyone who wants to keep their ironing board cover from scorching!!!

  480. smiley45324 | | #480

    I always start with my iron on a cooler setting to be sure it is not too hot for each new item being ironed or pressed. I have never had a really good iron and would sooo love to win this one! I quilt and sew clothing and cragts and it would be wonderful to have this great ironn. Im sure my lironing and pressing. Would be easier and more fun!

  481. bertha20 | | #481

    My tip is: buy an iron with a long enough cord!!

    I would use the iron for everything - soup to nuts, so they say.

  482. SewWhatLilly | | #482

    I make my own liquid starch from water and boxed cornstarch (it's all natural). I use it mainly for ironing my husband's white dress shirts (gives a nice crisp finish). But I also use it from a spray bottle on seam edges of fabrics that ravel easily or just need a little stabilizing. Works great.

    I will use this new iron for making Bags, Bags, Bags...My current interest is in sewing bags, totes, purses of all kinds ...and I do a lot of pressing...thank you for the chance for this giveaway.

  483. smiley45324 | | #483

    I always start with my iron on a cooler setting to be sure it is not too hot for each new item being ironed or pressed. I have never had a really good iron and would sooo love to win this one! I quilt and sew clothing and cragts and it would be wonderful to have this great ironn. Im sure my lironing and pressing. Would be easier and more fun!

  484. smiley45324 | | #484

    I always start with my iron on a cooler setting to be sure it is not too hot for each new item being ironed or pressed. I have never had a really good iron and would sooo love to win this one! I quilt and sew clothing and cragts and it would be wonderful to have this great ironn. Im sure my lironing and pressing. Would be easier and more fun!

  485. palgus | | #485

    My best tip would be simply to use the iron for every seam you sew, nothing improved my sewing as much as simply using my iron!

  486. user-2422167 | | #486

    My best tip on ironing is to press in an up and down fashion so as not to stretch the fabric. Currently I am looking for a new iron as mine has died. Not having an iron is holding up progress in getting my stash depleted. I would love to have this wonderful iron to continue making children's couture. I have my eye on making an eyelet trenchcoat with a silk charmeuse lining. Thank you for the opportunity to learn about this wonderful iron.

  487. isoqlts | | #487

    I always press the seams flat and then open, it sets the stitching and makes the pressing open easier! I would use this lovely yellow iron for making my fall wardrobe!

  488. tinarathbone | | #488

    I learned in Tailoring class to press straight up and down, no rubbing, with a thick piece of cardstock or pattern paper under the seam allowance to keep the seam from showing on the right side.

    But the best trick: get a clapper, and learn to use it. It magically flattens and perfects your work, from everything to a simple seam to a welt pocket.

    When I win the iron, I will finish my Tailored jacket. It would be dreamy to use it for wool.

    thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity,
    Tina in San Diego

  489. 12Grace | | #489

    garment fitting so important and learning the right way. thank you for giving everyone to learn this and more.

  490. user-2592332 | | #490

    1. Sweater a little too big/too tight? Shape it! Smoosh/stretch, steam, steam, steam..... let it dry. Repeat until it's just the right size & shape. Works on shaped facings, bindings, sleeve caps, eased seams. 2. I'll be making a linen suit and blouse.

  491. user-2578315 | | #491

    I press everything- first, the pattern, then the fabric, then after each seam. Everything goes smoother!

  492. kniter | | #492

    1. I plug my iron into an outlet that is switched with the room light, so if I forget to turn my iron off it turns off when I shut the lights off.
    2. I will use my iron to complete a quilt project that i have been working on.

  493. user-2578315 | | #493

    I press everything- first, the pattern, then the fabric, then after each seam. Everything goes smoother! I'd use this iron for everything: sewing, quilting, blocking knits... you name it!

  494. squirrel_ee | | #494

    I always make sure that the iron does not get gummy from anything.
    Lately scarves are my thing and I need to iron the seams well as I use lots of different pieces. This keeps everything looking nice and neat.

  495. bjb830 | | #495

    One of the most important steps to iron is after sewing a seam and before sewing the next seam. I use my iron the most when I sew, whether it is sewing garments or quilt blocks.

  496. User avater
    Lizzy_Beth | | #496

    My tip is to always iron. I use the press press lift method. If you iron each pattern piece as you go, you will get a much more profession looking garment and/or other item that you are making.

    If I should win this lovely iron, I plan to have it help me with making a new wardrobe. I am long overdue.

  497. sensorydeb | | #497

    I know this sounds strange but I actually like to iron. I hang out all my clothes in the summer so my iron gets a workout touching up. For sewing,I have my big board iron set up so I just swivel my chair around from the sewing machine. It is so convenient you never would think to skip a pressing step while sewing

  498. GrandmaKim | | #498

    Even though my iron turns off automatically I always unplug it when I am not using it. (A friend of mine's kids were chasing each other and bumped into the ironing board before it cooled off and burnt her carpet).

    I have an old Oliso and love it. Would love to win a new one!

  499. user-1146583 | | #499

    Try to let your garments dry after pressing before moving them, especially when using interfacing. The interfacing needs to cool off and dry before moving to make sure of a good stick.

  500. user-367034 | | #500

    My tip is to keep your iron clean! If I win, this iron is going to help me sew skirts for my twins.

  501. SherryLee4 | | #501

    I learned in a clothing project for 4H that the correct way to iron a shirt was the following, which I have done for the last Hmmmm years. Press the collar, then the yoke, sleeves, then start with the left front and work your way around the shirt, eliminates some of the wrinkles this way. I would use the iron for garment and quilt sewing. Always ready to try something new.

  502. winterwindarts | | #502

    ALWAYS press a seam before stitching the next one. It may seem annoying to do but waiting until the end is one of the easiest ways to ruin a project. Pressing as you go makes the entire thing look so much more professional. I would use this iron for the victorian gowns that I am currently planning.

  503. user-2334979 | | #503

    My best tip for ironing has to do with cleaning the iron. The best product ever for iron cleaning is actually ceramic stove top cleaner. It works great, needs only 1 application and comes off easily without leaving residue. It it the most awesome product for cleaning your iron, really. I would first use this iron for the new dress I am just about to start, but I know I would use it for EVERYTHING - this is my dream iron.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  504. vilosa | | #504

    To iron linen so that it wrinkles less, wash and let dry, then use spray starch instead of water. It actually works. I would use the iron for my next project - doll clothes for my granddaughter's 18 inch doll.

  505. cmp | | #505

    When making new pants vinegar and water solution sprayed on the crease before ironing will set a very crisp crease. I'm back to sewing again after a long hiatus and feeling very creative, the next best thing to a good sewing machine is a good iron when sewing and I need this one bad.

  506. Chatelaine03 | | #506

    1. My best ironing tip is to always press your seams flat before pressing them open. This simple change has vastly improved the quality of my lovingly sewn garments.

    2.I would use this wonderful iron to make the dress for Susan Kalje's Couture Sewing class on Craftsy!

  507. Chavi | | #507

    My very best technique is to iron the garment seams on the wrong side before ironing the front. By doing this, I iron faster accomplishing the best results. In addition, always let the piece cool completely before hanging it properly in the closet. I will use this wonderful iron in my heirloom sewing, home decorations and everyday iron.

  508. Ranak | | #508

    Steam, steam, steam! It makes fabric behave so much better. With this iron, I'll try a chambray pintuck dress I've been thinking of.

  509. user-955301 | | #509

    Remember safety first when ironing. I teach children to sew and always lower the ironing board for them so it is at an appropriate height. I would enjoy using this iron to press my quilts tops. It would be used by my students as well for all their projects from bags to skirts.

  510. AliceEliza | | #510

    Use a tailor's ham when pressing curves - darts, sleeve caps, princess seams, etc., and be patient and wait for the cloth to cool before moving it after steaming or pressing - especially for wool. If I had this iron I would use it for everything I make, and lately I have been making clothes for my grandchildren & for their dolls.

  511. mb230slk2000 | | #511

    Contrary to most quilt pressing instructions pressing the seams open like for a garment makes the quilt much flatter. I would use it for twirly dresses for my grand daughters

  512. 44Bunnys | | #512

    I learned how to iron shirts and bloused from my mother who used to work in a commercial laundry. She said you start with the small pieces first. Do the collar and cuffs, then the yoke if there is one, the sleeves, then the front plackets and finally the shirt body. That way you didn't wrinkle up the shirt body while trying to finish up details. I learned how to iron this way when I was a little girl and still practice the technique today as it works extremely well.

  513. 44Bunnys | | #513

    If I win this iron I plan to use it to help me with all my garment making. I love to make jackets out of home dec materials and I'd love to use this iron to make all pressing perfect!

  514. nanaof26 | | #514

    My tip is to spray white vinegar on a crease you want to iron smooth or to set a crease. It works great. Spray on fabric and iron.

    I would love to win the iron because I have been debating about purchasing one for several years and winning would stop that debate!

    I would be using the iron for quilting and making a jacket.

    thank you

    Susie Nana of 26

  515. emilynd06 | | #515

    I waited far too long to get a pressing ham and seam roll, so my advice is to invest in those. I have fabric for a waistcoat for my husband waiting to be made up, so that would be a dream to sew with a new iron!

  516. User avater
    NikkiHuff | | #516

    My advice is to take your time pressing, I used to try to rush through because it was my least favorite part. Also, use a tailor's ham, totally worth it. I would use this iron for everything, because my current iron is spitting on everything I make and it's getting on my nerves. More specifically, I've been planning to make a tailored suit for some time and I'd feel more confident if I had a good iron.

  517. SETNHOME | | #517

    Hi, I enjoy sewing and with 3 granddaughters there are a lot of possabilities. The teen is about to start college and I plan to do several of her acessories.
    A good iron and learning how to properly use it will improve the outcome of any sewing project.

  518. sillykid | | #518

    I was taught to iron when I was a little girl. My grandma and mother taught me how to iron, and one thing I do is I start with a spray bottle of water sitting on my ironing board just in case the garment is really wrinkled, if the garment is really wrinkled I spray a little water over the garment to get the wrinkles out, but I start ironing with the collar first and then the front plackets after that I do the sleeves and cuffs and last is the shirt body. I also am a firm believer of starch. I use starch on almost everything I own. I have seen a iron like this one, on the sew with nancy show that comes on pbs. I have always wanted a iron like that so my clothes and things I make looks professionally done. The way they should look with nice crisp seams

  519. kaychan | | #519

    I use a silicone oven mitt when I want to press real close to a fabric, to prevent burning myself.

  520. missabee11 | | #520

    Probably an oldie, but a goodie: I like to use a cotton press cloth when trying to iron fabrics that need low heat. That way I can bump the heat up a bit and still not melt/make glossy the synthetic fibers. I'd use this iron to make some wool neckties!

  521. User avater
    pamstitches | | #521

    I started ironing my dad's shirts as a young girl. I always keep a spray bottle of water near my work and a spray bottle of diluted starch for areas that need a little touch up. The Oliso iron would be ideal for working with the wools I am planning to use for fall.

  522. jklimt | | #522

    I keep use remnants of silk organza as press cloths. They are not expensive and I can wash them easily.

  523. sewsewnerdy | | #523

    Never underestimate the value of careful pressing during construction. It is often the difference between a garment that looks 'home made' vs. "custom made'.

  524. embmimi | | #524

    I firmly believe in ironing everything as you sew a project. It makes such a difference in how your finished project looks. I use my iron all day long. I would love this iron so much as I've used one at my sewing center, and it really spoiled me to wanting one.

  525. moviedoll | | #525

    1. Make sure the heat setting is correct for the fabric type. You do not want to burn a hole in the center front of the special occassion dress you are trying to make for your sis
    2. Ill be using it to press open the seams of future corsets.1. Mak

  526. Tempest1961 | | #526

    Because I always wash my fabric before I sew, at the end of the garment making process I give the garment an all over press, using spray starch to get the "sizing" look back into the item. The customer is always pleased as they do not have to iron before wearing.

    Currently making my son's school pants, would love to use the Oliso to "sew, press, sew, press" all the seams open.

  527. user-2463208 | | #527

    Press each seam as you go. Press both sides of a seam to one side then the other, then open the seam and press again. Press on the outside as well. To make fabulous garments, pressing as you go is as important as having great sewing skills. I use a silk organza pressing cloth.

  528. tkaldy | | #528

    My mom taught me when I was young to go slow when pressing garments that have intricate seams. I've been re-learning this with my introduction to quilting.

  529. tkaldy | | #529

    I am working on my first quilt for my niece and can't seem to find an iron that gets the seams to sit flat.

  530. User avater
    sjmoore | | #530

    If I get anything on the surface of my iron, I press a dryer sheet and it cleans the plate of the iron everytime and it smells great too! I would use this iron everyday to sew my purses, totes and grament bags!

  531. Sambo | | #531

    Iron cotton before you work on it.

  532. divanina | | #532

    TIP: When pressing curves, I press over a ham, clip as needed, THEN trim the seams if necessary. I find you get a smoother seam that way.

    I would use this iron to work on my bowtie creations and hairbows for my niece.

  533. User avater
    auschick | | #533

    when looking for a good iron, look for one that produces lots of steam, versus one that's heavy. While weight can help, steam is key!

  534. User avater
    auschick | | #534

    oops, forgot about part 2! I use an iron for sewing *everything* but since my next project is a jacket, I'll use it for that :)

  535. User avater
    CosmicCaro | | #535

    I also always press as I sew, starting by setting the stitch by pressing the seam close, then to one side or open depending on the seam finish. I use a tailor ham to help press the curves seams. And a manila envelop to avoid the seam allowance showing through the right side of the garment.

    I still have my first iron, bought for me by my little sister when I left for University in another town, about 18 years ago... It spits water and have a sole plate that can't be clean anymore (I use a press cloth for fear of staining my fabric) So I would love a new one to sew garment for myself and my kids. Thanks!

  536. MichelleAP | | #536

    I pre-wash everything then press the fabric and the pattern ( if it's a tissue ready made pattern). Then I press every seam as I go. The right pressing surface plays a huge roll in well pressed seams...standard board, sleeve board, ham, or roll, etc. A quality iron sure helps, too! I bought mine in 1987 or 88..I was young and paid almost a third of a rent payment...never regreted the purchase. I think it might be time for an upgrade, though. :) I have fabric for a skirt up next to sew.

  537. DoragonMama | | #537

    I keep two irons, one for sewing and one for crafts.

    I pre-wash all fabrics that can be washed and then iron them out making sure to keep the selvages even.

    I keep a spray bottle of distilled water on the shelf of my ironing boards to use for spritzing instead of putting water in my irons, no need to clean out deposits.

    My husband put a hook in the ceiling over my ironing board that has a long bungee cord attached to it that I keep the iron powercord in, it never messes up my fabric since it is held away from the ironing board.

  538. nutso | | #538

    Always press the collar first when pressing a blouse or shirt. My next project that I would love to use the new iron on will be a few pair of shorts for myself.

  539. sewclassic | | #539

    Just as important as sewing a seam sample for specialty fabrics. Test the sewn seam with the suggested iron setting. Press cloths and Teflon press cloths are a good tool to own. I am currently pressing paper-pieced quilt squares.

  540. MHB116 | | #540

    nothing like a great iron to help sewing projects turn out perfectly

  541. stitchinfool | | #541

    Always use appropriate heat settings for the particular fabric that you are pressing and make sure that your iron is clean.This is very basic,but,very,very important.

  542. sew_ginger | | #542

    1. Use tools like a tailor's ham to help with tricky areas and seams; press all seams as you sew; take your time. 2. My 8 year old son wants me to sew Civil War uniforms for himself and younger brother for play, plus a Revolutionary war jacket for Halloween. This winter I would like to sew a few dresses for myself.

  543. Menubabe | | #543

    I'll be using it to teach my nieces how to sew. They have both started home school this year and I'm the home ec teacher! Very excited to pass on knowledge!

  544. qstitcher | | #544

    1. If unsure of fiber content of fabrics, always test with a small piece with a low to medium heat. Increase heat until the fabric responds negatively and then lower the heat to an acceptable level.

    2. I make a lot of shopping bags for the local food bank using donated/recycled fabrics. It is always a challenge to utilize what I'm given and create a useful item.

  545. Gardenridge | | #545

    I spray all things needed to be ironed with water, then put it into the freezer in a plastic bag until it's convenient to iron. The moisture spreads through the clothing and it is perfectly ready for damp ironing.

  546. Gardenridge | | #546

    1. Change the cloth on the ironing board as often as is necessary. Sometimes stains appear on your clothes that originate from that ironing board cover. Over the clothes, a pressing cloth is also sometimes your best friend. It can be damp to help get the right amount of moisture for a perfect ironing job.

    2. My granddaughter and I sew together and I would love to continue to show her the difference between ironing and pressing. We make clothes and quilts together. That iron looks like such a step up for us.

  547. User avater
    sewsite | | #547

    The iron is your friend!
    Always press each seam, you will be happier with the final project, garment or quilt.

  548. Lawana55 | | #548

    I keep a small wooden craft stick near my iron to help hold edges so I don't iron my fingers... I am doing more applique work and a new iron would definitely make pressing the edges under easier

  549. SandraBrick | | #549

    Ironing is the easiest with a good iron - right weight, correct temp and superior egomaniacs like the Oliso Pro Smart Iron.

    I will iron about 30 hand dyed silk scarves.

  550. JaneCisneros | | #550

    I use a flour sack dish towel from the Dollar Store as a pressing cloth and lots of steam. Always many little projects happening, but I'd like to start working on a Christmas quilt for my 16-year-old granddaughter soon.
    Jane @ http://www.handiworking.com

  551. denajmartin | | #551

    My favorite way to clean my iron is to use a Magic Eraser. It works wonders with hardly any effort. I buy them in a box of four so I always have them on hand. If I am the winner of the Oliso Pro Smart iron, I'd use it for making my quilts. Ironing is a critical step in achieving accurate seams, whether it's for quilts or garments and this would make a great addition to my sewing/quilting tools. Thanks!

  552. QuiltinBarb | | #552

    I actually enjoy ironing! I like seeing my clothes neatly pressed...I'm also a quilter, and press each seam, for crisp even blocks...I also make pillowcases for gifts, & find my pillowcases look neater when they are pressed as I stitch! My iron is old, and if I'm not careful, I get a brown stain on my fabric from the side of the iron (frustrating!) I have a new iron on my monthly "wish list!" THANKS for a nice giveaway!

  553. User avater
    sewhappybjm | | #553

    My best tip is to get the gridded ironing board cover. It makes so many things easier.

  554. Texbelle527 | | #554

    When ironing black, navy or other dark colors, iron on the reverse side to keep the fabric from getting shiny. Oh, I hope that I win because I will use my Oliso iron especially when sewing quilts and I am always up and down and back up pressing the seams.

  555. Spaarky | | #555

    Iron salt on a paper bag to safely rub the junk of the bottom of the iron. A new iron would be a welcomed relief. The iron I have now can get too hot and has melted fabrics!

  556. User avater
    sewinggal1 | | #556

    Buy about a half yard of muslin or any 100% cotton fabric that is white or undyed. It should be a lightweight fabric that you can see slightly through. Use this as ironing clothes by cutting it into 2 or 3 pieces of fabric. Use pinking shears so they won't fray.

    Keep your old iron for crafts, and hide your new one where your husband and kids can't find it, so they won't use it for nasty projects that will leave the sole plate dirty and sticky!

    I've seen this iron used on sewing programs on TV. It doesn't scorch the fabric if left down flat. I'd use it for ironing clothes, and for all my sewing projects. One in particular would be a dress with pintucks down the front bodice that I've been wanting to make for a while. It requires lots of pressing!

  557. michaela_49th | | #557

    I have several different wood dowels and sections of PVC pipe in various diameters and use these to press open the seams on small diameter tubing. I just fit the appropriate size dowel or pipe into the tube and press the seam flat. If needed, I flip the tube right-side out and press the seam again. This keeps my tubes from being pressed flat while pressing open the seams. You can find dowels and PVC pipe in various lengths for cheap at your local home improvement store.

  558. michaela_49th | | #558

    Woops, let me repost with the second part of the entry requirements...
    1. I have several different wood dowels and sections of PVC pipe in various diameters and use these to press open the seams on small diameter tubing. I just fit the appropriate size dowel or pipe into the tube and press the seam flat. If needed, I flip the tube right-side out and press the seam again. This keeps my tubes from being pressed flat while pressing open the seams. You can find dowels and PVC pipe in various lengths for cheap at your local home improvement store.

    2. I would use this fabulous iron on silk and knit fabrics. I always seem to get my current iron too hot on my knits, resulting in a bit of scorching if I'm not paying attention. :( I pretty well iron everything, including t-shirts, so a good iron is my best friend.

  559. SewFueled | | #559

    1. After putting in an elastic waistband, hold a steaming iron about 1/4 away from the completed work. It will bring the elastic back into shape and set the fabric. It makes the waistband look spectacular! 2. I would use this new iron to press all the holiday gifts I'm about to make!

  560. LisaMarie66 | | #560

    I do a lot of machine embroidery at home. To avoid flattening embroidery while ironing, iron project with embroidery face down over a clean towel.
    The first thing I would sew with help from the Oliso® Pro™ Smart Iron TG1600 would be a new pair of jeans with some added machine embroidery!

    Good Luck Everyone!!

  561. SuzyQCanuck | | #561

    PRESS, don't iron.

  562. mommajo23188 | | #562

    I love an iron that is not too heavy and presses fabric flat with out spitting on it. I would use this iron for all my needs.

  563. vvshannonvv | | #563

    1. it seems crude…but always make sure you have the right heat setting for the fabric you are ironing. 2. I would use the iron for pressing seams for quilting and for general family cloths pressing.

  564. snowm | | #564

    1. press after sewing each seam -- especially before you cross it with another seam. Use lots of steam if appropriate.
    2. I want to make some dresses and shirts. :)

  565. judylocke | | #565

    When pressing seams always press they way the seam was sewn, that will set the thread, then press open. Using a ham makes for a nice press.

    I have severe rheumatoid arthritis. My hands are badly deformed but I still manage to sew. I bought a new Rowenta Iron but its much too heavy for me to manage. This looks and sounds like to perfect iron for me.

    I have several outfits planned for my granddaughter that I would love to make but we all know how important pressing is to sewing. I would like to get started on projects for Christmas.

  566. LAKBerry | | #566

    Press cloth and steam!

    What I would sew: Clothes!! I have a shirt pattern cut and waiting for time at the machine.

  567. user-101503 | | #567

    1. an old handkerchief makes the best press cloth. 2. I will use the iron for everything

  568. RoseOK | | #568

    1. Use a piece of wool fabric as a pressing cloth when pressing wool.

    2. I am making my daughter's professional wardrobe. She needs "big girl" clothes since she has graduated from college.

  569. Va1erieKay | | #569

    I use an old hanky. I would use my iron for all of my sewing projects and misc

  570. sps124 | | #570

    I use a piece of muslin as a press cloth for clothing, free standing lace and machine embroidery.
    I would use the iron in my quilt making, sewing and ironing.

  571. Diamondgal | | #571

    My ironing tip is to be sure that first off, you have a very good surge protector for your expensive irons!

    I would use this iron during the construction of my husband's new batik bath robe and 3 pairs of boxer shorts.

  572. Diamondgal | | #572

    I would like to add a post to all the other entrants of this contest. I have really really enjoyed reading all of the postings and have been taking notes of tips that I did not know or think about. Most of them, I am familiar with, and live by when sewing and ironing, but I must say that I just loved the tip of the magic eraser for cleaning the plate of the iron. So thank you all for helping to remember or learn a few new tips.

  573. pbrown6 | | #573

    My best ironing tip: I iron as I sew using a piece of muslin, and I use my iron as a steamer to remove wrinkles from my garments while on the hanger.

  574. pbrown6 | | #574

    My next sewing project for the fall that I plan to sew is a light weight wool boucle coat.

  575. user-54160 | | #575

    I keep a squirt bottle of water near my ironing board, both to add extra moisture to my press cloth, and to "encourage" my cat to get off the ironing board. I would use the iron on tote bags, pillowcases, and the next four camp shirts I'm planning to make for my husband.

  576. User avater
    Staxx | | #576

    Tip: if you can't use the "right tools" (ham, roll, sleeve board,etc.) a rolled up towel can usually substitute really well! Exception, there is no substitute for a good pressing cloth.

    What I will sew: New work clothes with the fabric I bough in NYC!!!

  577. momster399 | | #577

    1. Tip: I use organza as a pressing cloth if I need to "see" what I'm doing.
    2. What I would sew: I'm doing both quilting and clothes sewing and have been eyeing this iron for awhile!

    Love all the other tips as well! Never too old to learn!

  578. User avater
    user-1109780 | | #578

    My iron is always within arms reach when I sew.

    I have a large piece of white 65% silk and 35% cotton as a press cloth. I was looking for silk organza and found this instead. It is opaque and not see through like organza, but it works great.

    A good iron is as important as a good sewing machine.

  579. user-1133879 | | #579

    I set up an ironing station on a table set 90 degrees from my sewing machine. I just pivot my chair to press. It ensures I don't get lazy and skip pressing! All my pressing tools are stored underneath.

    Is there anything I wouldn't sew? My next project in need of pressing is a hunt jacket for my daughter's upcoming horse show.

  580. amh61771 | | #580

    I iron everything even the tissue pattern before I pin it on the fabric I always use a press cloth, the right tools do make a difference as in a dressmakers ham sleeve board etc. this iron will make a difference

  581. User avater
    CherryCorners | | #581

    Tip:Use a spray bottle when pressing vintage cotton linens. I use a lot of vintage table linens in my sewing projects and it really helps get those wrinkles out!

    I will be making some hanging organizer bags using a combination of vintage linens and new fabric. A new iron would really help!!

  582. AltheaDi | | #582

    As a Lingerie designer I use a lot of silk with lace trim. I find that it's best to turn the garment inside out when ironing silk and and cover the lace with a piece of cotton fabric.

  583. CAS48 | | #583

    Press straight up and down when ironing quilt pieces. I'll use the new iron to press quilt pieces without worrying about scorching them.

  584. rosiedoodle | | #584

    THE BEST IRON for rheumatoid arthritis. To help with the pain and to prevent further joint damage. Wonderful product.

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