How to Prevent Your Iron from Leaking

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8 Tips to “Fix” a Leaky Iron!

Does your iron tend to sputter and dribble when you’re using steam? Or does it leak after you’ve been using it for a while? Or, heaven forbid, have you ever had a new iron leak the first time you used it? Quilters need good reliable irons to produce the best quilts, and a leaking iron can cause all kinds of problems, not to mention aggravation.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent an iron from leaking. Understanding the anatomy of an iron is a great start, as that’s where leaks begin. As it turns out, steam irons are naturally leaky contraptions.

How to Prevent an Iron from Leaking

Karen Brown from Just Get It Done Quilts explains why and goes on in her very informative video (below) to provide several tips for preventing leaks. Of course, you can sidestep the issue entirely by spritzing fabric with water using a spray bottle instead of using the steam setting on your iron. However, you shouldn’t have to do that, unless that’s what you prefer.

Click here to watch the video at YouTube if it doesn’t play on your device.

Karen mentions the following in her video:


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