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[Tips Discussion] Iron Aida - how hot?

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Post time: 2013-9-29 23:50
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This might be a silly question, but what is the best temperature/setting to iron a work on Aida? Since it is cotton, I would go for the highest, 3 point setting, but I worry that that might be too much.

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Yes exactly, with a towel between your iron and the aida you should not have any problem, the towel will protect the aida and the threads.
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Post time: 2020-8-2 15:00
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Muy buena pregunta,  protege el bordado con un paño o toalla.
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Post time: 2020-2-8 06:06
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I iron cotton setting with stitching side down on a fluffy towel
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Post time: 2020-7-30 07:21
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i put it on cotton mode and put a damp cloth on top
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Post time: 2020-7-27 06:26
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Thanks for sharing
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Post time: 2013-9-29 23:58
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I go for the cotton setting as Aida is a natural fabric and can be quite stiff - just need to be careful to not iron over the stitches themselves as they are easily (and permanently) flattened if you do.

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Thanks! I didn't know the stitches could be flattened - is there a way to avoid that? xx  Details Reply Post time 2013-9-30 00:36
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Spooky-Nurse respondió a las 2013-9-29 23:58
I go for the cotton setting as Aida is a natural fabric and can be quite stiff - just need to be car ...

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I didn't know the stitches could be flattened - is there a way to avoid that?

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Post time: 2013-9-30 02:27
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first
put avery fluffy White towel on your iron board

second
put your stitche piece on the towel face down,
i mean  put the front of the work on the towel and the back up
so you will steam your work from the back

as i am Always worried to make a mess
i put a soft piece of fabric, also White - an old piece of sheet -
between my iron and my stitched work
then stream steam steam and then softly iron it but lower then cotton,
usually i use wool setting

give it a test, if it works for you as i does for me, then you are set

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This is how I do it too - I haven't had a problem with melting any metallic thread using the cotton setting.  Details Reply Post time 2014-1-5 16:12
Thanks for the tip  Post time 2013-10-30 09:38
This is the way I do it as well - esp if I have light effects thread I worry they will melt  Post time 2013-9-30 09:56
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Fantastic advice, thanks xx
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Post time: 2013-9-30 09:57
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Tu pregunta no es tonta, pero la traduccion es horrible
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Post time: 2013-9-30 11:45
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Edited by LouAnna at 2013-9-30 23:17

I also use a dampened press cloth as witch62 does on a thick cotton towel.   I usually take a linen tea towel dampen it and then steam the creases out on the back side of the piece.  If I find it's terribly wrinkled from the front I use the press cloth since it's linen and see through I will  iron around the stitching as to not flatten the stitches.   
Now good quality glass beads shouldn't be affected by pressing, but cheaper plastic ones will melt, so care is needed also metallics and rayon floss may be affected, so always take care and test before you start on it ......... lower the temperature setting.  The linen setting on my iron is the hottest setting so I know it won't affect my tea towel and use  the linen setting on my finished linen pieces, but I will start at a lower setting and work my way up.     I don't want to scorch my finished piece.

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Thank you that is very detailed & useful xx  Details Reply Post time 2014-1-4 19:57
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Post time: 2013-10-27 11:42
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Thanks for the advice. I have always wondered what the best way to iron finished works is.
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Post time: 2014-1-4 02:51
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After reading this it has occurred to me that I am not nearly gentle enough with my work...
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LouAnna replied at 2013-9-30 11:45
I also use a dampened press cloth as witch62 does on a thick cotton towel.   I usually take a linen  ...

Thank you that is very detailed & useful

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