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How to know what is the best wattage when purchasing a new iron for your sewing

How to know what is the best wattage when purchasing a new iron for your sewing

How to easily know what is the best iron when purchasing a new iron for your patchwork sewing

Do you know what the best iron, including the size of wattage for your iron is when doing patchwork, quilting, sewing, etc?

Do you know why the size wattage of your iron can make a huge difference to your sewing and fabrics?

Do you know why it makes a huge difference to attaching stabilisers, to
your fabrics, particularly ones like a stitch n wash type stabiliser?

As many people these days don’t particularly like ironing, nor do they
iron their clothes as much as people used to, and this is not something that I’m aiming at anyone in particular, it’s just a fact of the times of the era that we live in. With the above, many people don’t put a lot of value or thought into their purchase when they’re purchasing a new iron.

I myself do iron our clothes, so I look at irons possibly quite different
then many people. This is not about whether you iron your clothes or not,
but it’s very important when we’re ironing our fabric pieces etc for our beautiful quilts and patchwork techniques that we’re working on.

Different times when teaching classes in person, some people would have issues with ironing their quilt fabrics etc, and some wouldn’t. I’d quietly check out the irons and sure enough the ones with the lowest size wattage's were the
ones that were creating the majority of issues for people.

I’m not talking about the volts of your irons, but the wattage.

Some of the adhesive stabilisers that we use when creating many of our patchwork techniques, will not adhere to our fabrics properly, due to the iron not having enough wattage to be able to create the needed heat and then during our sewing etc, these stabilisers can start to fall away creating havoc.

I saw this happen so often, that it got to a stage that when I would be
teaching an in-person class, I’d take several of my irons with me, that I purposely purchased just for taking to in-person classes, that the students then could use. I of course was always very diplomatic to the guild or class hostess. I noticed an instant change in the next class that I held with these higher wattage irons.

This happened after a class, where part way through the class, all the student’s stabilisers were coming away from their fabrics and this actually ruined their whole technique. It was something that could not be rectified at that stage. The students could see what had happened, and if nothing more, they did gain the insight to the values of having irons that are really high in their wattage.

I must admit that now I often suggest using some 505 basting spray as well,
on the fusible stabilisers if you don’t have an iron that has a high enough wattage.This certainly helps the issue. If you do any of my on-line courses you'll notice that I've mentioned this as well within most of those classes.


When looking to purchase the best iron for your sewing & patchwork sewing, you want to make sure that the wattage is no less than 2200 watts, but 2400 watts is better.

It’s the wattage of the iron that makes the huge difference as this is the
amount of heat etc that can be generated by that particular iron.
I’ve found over the years that some irons are so “cool” on their hottest setting, that you cannot adhere a piece of Reynolds freezer paper to your fabric with it.

Go and do yourself a favour, and go and look at the wattage size of your
iron. Not sure where to look, it’ll normally be on the heel of the iron somewhere.

I myself use a steam station and that can put out huge amounts of heat, but of course not everyone wants one of those. A normal iron is fine, as long as
the watts are somewhere between 2200-2400 watts.

If it costs you an extra few dollars, and I don’t mean huge amounts of
dollars, then the ease of ironing your patchwork fabrics and your quilting and sewing stabilisers, will make your life will be so much easier, but your finished quilt will be so much better particularly when pressing those seams, ironing those points, and attaching those iron on stabalisers.

You will still need to adjust your iron to the types of fabrics that you're ironing, as you definitely would not want to have your iron on the hottest setting when ironing something like a chiffon for example.

With saying all the above do a test on your fabrics first to check it’s heat tolerance and I do not take any responsibility for any mishaps that you may have with using an iron of 2200-2400W.

Of course, like many things in life the better the quality, the better the end results, including but not limited to, the quality of your quilting fabrics, sewing threads, stabilisers and their adhesion that you use within your quilting and patchwork techniques, and of course the quality of your iron.

To me using good quality products all the way throughout your quilts, definitely helps to achieve a better finished quilt and takes away many frustrations.

Have you checked out this brilliant
thread painting on-line class yet?
It's a very unique technique that I teach within this
on-line class.

That's it for me for this week,
as usual I'll be back same time, same place next week...

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