Emergency post

I’m so stupid – I just attached a huge sheet of iron-on interfacing onto my ironing board.

If it doesn’t have the desired fabric beneath it, the interfacing WILL attach to the cloth-covered board. DUH!

This will never happen.

Those of you who sew and understand how incredibly stupid (silly?) this is – feel free to laugh at my expense, no better way to start this week.


45 thoughts on “Emergency post

  1. Gabby

    Oh that’s not so bad! I’ve done that before, too.

    Don’t give up on sewing so soon – it can be a very useful skill to incorporate in your knitting too!

    BTW, I just finished a little beaded burgundy hat from your Odessa pattern. It’s a really wonderful pattern and now that I’ve made one, I know I’ll be making more because everyone wants one!

  2. yahaira

    think of it as an initiation or hazing, it’s happened to most of us. my old ironing board had little pieces of interfacing here and there….keep going!

  3. yvette

    Don’t give up on your sewing, everyone makes mistakes with interfacing, I used to regularly stick bits to the iron, it drove my Mum nuts!

  4. Mags

    Don’t give up, I’ve done that. I think EVERYONE does that at least once. So don’t feel bad 🙂

  5. Siow Chin

    I’m the one with interfacing stuck to the iron :D) I cut out the small stripes for the facing of my skirt and placed them on the sticky parts of the WHOLE piece of the interfacing with the sticky part facing the iron and ironed, and of course, the rest of the interfacing without the fabric stuck to the iron.

  6. Julie

    Honestly, that happens to the best of us. I still do that occasionally and I’ve been sewing for 20 years. Just wait til you try the double sticky kind, oi! Don’t worry, you’ve got it out of the way now and it won’t happen again for a VERY long time. 😉

  7. Vicki

    I agree with everyone else, don’t worry about it, we all do it at one time or another and experience makes no diffence. Kind of like picking up the wrong needle because you weren’t paying attention and it looked like the size you wanted, but it wasn’t. Doesn’t happen often, but it happens.

  8. colleen

    The last time that I sewed with interfacing I used my parents’ ironing board. I had to be so carful not to do what you just did. Just buy a new cover for over the interfacing. Problem solved, and now you have extra padding.

  9. anne

    Been there, bought that T-shirt (er, ironing board cover). Don’t feel bad. How could a hot iron and a sheet of heat-sensitive glue *not* be an accident waiting to happen?

    Quilt stores sell large, flexible non-stick sheets to protect the ironing board (and deal with lots of itty-bitty applique pieces). If you have one in your kitchen, it’ll work in a pinch.

  10. Stephanie C.

    Join the club! It IS better to have ironed it to the board instead of the iron! Forge ahead.

  11. Carole

    You know what my sewing teacher told me at my first class? She said, I guarantee none of you will make a mistake that I haven’t made at some point. And she was right. We’ve all done things that we thought were dumb but we’re all in good company, too!

  12. Mary K. in Rockport

    Yea, I’m a knitter not a sewer, but I will occasionally break out the machine for a baby garment or Halloween costume. The woman who helped me through these experiences warned me that mistakes will happen and that she herself had sewn things to the arm of her upholstered chair or to the knee of her pants…. Sewing is quicker, but not UNdoable the way knitting is, which is why I prefer knitting for some reason. But – carry on! Ironing board covers are replaceable, after all.

  13. trek

    At least it wasn’t stuck to the iron – that means a whole new iron – this way it is only a new board cover.

    Sorry it happened to you…and I didn’t laugh – it was too sad.

  14. Kaitie Tee

    He he! I’m only laughing because I can totally see myself doing the EXACT SAME THING!

    Mind you, I haven’t done it yet, but I’m sure I will some day. When I do, I’ll think, “This isn’t so bad. Even Kathy made this mistake and she’s a knitting goddess. So, it’s alright…not so bad. It’s even kinda funny.”

  15. kelly

    LAUGH at you?

    no, on the contrary, I’m impressed that not only are you able to diagnose and fix mistakes in lace knitting the first time you knit lace, you are ALSO able to post your “so stupid” mistakes – the ones EVERYONE makes and MOST of us are too embarassed to admit — and laugh at yourself and invite others to laugh with you.

    I so enjoy your honesty. Sewing mishaps or perfect knitting, I don’t care, just keep writing please! ;o) Thanks for sharing your life with us. Oh, and I love the new beaded hat – beautiful!

  16. knitnana

    OH….hehehehe…I STILL do it on a regular basis (been sewing since I was 11 long BEFORE iron-on interfacing!)…I often do this when I’m rushing to finish a Nana Sadie Rose bag! Toss on another board cover, cut out another piece of interfacing and start again! It’s okay…


  17. Melissa

    As with most of the other posters here…I’ve done this too. And it’s definitely better than ironing it to the actual iron. Done that, too! Don’t beat yourself up over it. We’ve all done it 🙂

  18. Cindy

    I just want to add my two cents. I still have an ironing board cover that has bondable interfacing adhered to it. It’s ugly, but I just keep on going. If you only do that once, you are queen of the novice sewers.

  19. Peg

    Everyone who sews does that once or twice! As I said before, offer to knit something for someone who can sew for you!

  20. bethieee

    I did something very similar when trying to make fairy wings out of two layers of polyester organza and one sheet of double sided iron-on glue. I melted the organza (I think the polyester melted slightly before the hot-melt-glue) and the glue to both my iron and the board.

    End result: Before finishing the costume I had to go get a new ironing board cover and an iron cleaning kit. (the iron cleaning kit worked wonders by the way, I’m not sure I want to know what was in the tube of goop they had me smear on the iron’s plate).

    You’re not alone, don’t give up yet!

  21. Stephanie

    Ah crap. I’ve literally been there, done that. It was a good excuse to buy a new ironing board cover (which is a lot cheaper than an iron!) Keep at it. It’ll get better.

  22. TracyKM

    I have strips of iron-on fusible webbing on my ironing board. Is that the same thing?

    I’m counting on you to make that skirt! I might have a wedding to go to in June and I really don’t want to go shopping for another ‘post-baby’ outfit. But to sew one, that might be okay!

  23. CatBookMom

    Kelly (9:40am) said exactly what I was thinking. I think it’s one of the reasons so many knitters love your blog, that in spite of the wonderful skills you bring to your knitting, you post about those annoying little screw-ups, too.

    Personally, when I win the lottery, I’m planning to start a national foundation to study the unacknowledged birth defect known as clumsiness. {VBG}

  24. Tina

    It’s okay! You can buy a new cover!!

    Pretty covers, a cover for every season. Covers with cherries, and banana’s and little watering cans on them with maybe even a little matching apron!

  25. =Tamar

    If it’s at all like the fusible web sold for hemming, reheating it ought to re-liquidize the glue and let it be pulled off. Dry cleaning solvent also ought to get rid of it. Or a product called “Goo Gone”(R). But buying a new cover is faster.

  26. Mary

    Wsn’t there a cute new ironing board cover you’ve had your eye on? I agree, good thing it’s not on the iron.

  27. Angela

    Dont’ be so hard on yourself! If the interfacing didn’t come with instructions, I’d for sure have messed up.. maybe even put interfacing on the iron! Now that would have been bad!

  28. Karla (threadbndr)

    As others have confessed – been there, done that. Recently even.

    Heck, my Marine son has done that! (He ironed an whole sheet of name tags originally destined for the inside of his uniform shirts to the ironing board LOL). I’ll bet you didn’t swear as much as he did.

    I just told him (and you) at least you didn’t iron them onto the *outside* of the shirt/skirt.

  29. Laura

    Okay, I can’t read the million comments you got, but did anyone suggest sew-in interfacing? My mother always said that the fusible interfacing created such an unnatural and stiff garment/fabric plus all the mess – I never use fusible. With sew-in all you need to do is baste the interfacing to your fabric and then sew as the pattern states, removing your basting stitches later.

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