Water is water, isn’t it? Not when it comes to ironing – or should I say pressing.
Do you know the difference?
Ironing is when you use pressure and friction; when your iron glides across fabric. Pressing is when you use pressure alone; you hold your hot iron down on a section of fabric, lift the iron and place it on a new section of fabric. No gliding, which can stretch fabric or add shine.
I find the difference essential when adding fusible interfacing – you must press rather than iron, which just drags the interfacing out of place.
But back to the admittedly niche topic of water. I usually use pre-boiled water to fill my iron’s tank. Recently, I bought some scented ironing water but am already regretting it. The scent is so chemical.
There are myriad liquid options out there:
- Water straight from the tap – use caution if living in a hard water area
- Pre-boiled and cooled water
- Water in a spray bottle
- Spray starch – can leave chalky residue
- Ironing water – smells of chemical flowers
- Easy Iron Water
- A damp press cloth
The list goes on and on!
Of course, there are times when you don’t want any moisture and a dry iron is best. When pressing silk, for example, which can be vulnerable to permanent water stains.
I never used to spare a thought for my iron’s water tank. And then I started sewing…