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Old 11-13-2015, 05:00 PM   #1
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Need advice from quilters

I am not full time yet and I got the eye roll from the DH when I informed him that my Sophia is coming along for the ride. I have planned out how I am going to bring projects (lets face it, my 23bd Greywolf won't hold all my fabric) along with me. I am planning on labeling the bins my projects are in and have them shipped to me if I have someone reliable at home base. So question #1 is has any of you done this successfully and how did you do it?

Question #2 is any recommendation for a good travel iron that does not draw 1100 watts. With only a 1000 way inverter, it won't work and I don't want to be running a generator just to iron. I will bring my Oliso along for when there is shore power. I did just pick up a nifty little roller tool that works great for pressing the seams, but I will need to get the wrinkles out of the fabric.

Thanks in advance. BTW, DH should be happy I am not bringing my stainglass stuff with me as well.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:44 PM   #3
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my wife brings her quilting stuff with us when we camp-(she gets up early - I dont:-) ). mostly always plugged the camper in- no issues with her iron or sewing machine
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:44 PM   #4
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Flat Irons

Baw ha ha ha. Many years ago when we lived off the grid, I used a treadle sewing machine and had a couple of flat irons. They worked great.
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Old 11-14-2015, 02:28 PM   #5
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This has me grinning, never expected a quilting related question! Have a plastic tote with my travel quilting paraphernalia as well. Have tried several, most not very satisfactory, but I found a little Black and Decker travel steam iron, model x50, that does a real nice job. I THINK it says it draws 615w? I press out large expanses at home, but it is great for seams and finishing. No immediate plans for full timing, but doing quite a few extended trips. I have a 42 year old Elna Lotus that is now essential camping equipment😊. Hubs can't look crossed eyed at it because it's a whole lot smaller than his fishing tackle case! Enjoy!
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Old 11-14-2015, 05:39 PM   #6
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Well between his guitar, mandolin, and camera stuff, guess who will be the one taking up the least amount of space?
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Old 11-14-2015, 05:41 PM   #7
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Well, isn't that the question of the day? I have a little Rowenta traveler, does a fair job I will have to check the draw. I have spent most of the time doing hand work this Summer rather than drag my machine. Next year look out, I am taking a full set up. The big question is where to put my design wall?
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Old 11-14-2015, 05:51 PM   #8
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I have that figured out already. Since ours is just a little 23 footer, there is no wall enclosing the bedroom. Just a nice wide curtain. Add some flannel to that and wa-lal, design wall. Not a huge one, but it will work. Plus, when we are full time and I run out of fabric, I will have to check that important app for the closest Quilt shop. I am glad there are ladies out there enjoying the question.
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Old 11-14-2015, 07:30 PM   #9
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mdstudey:

Here's one that will probably do better for you than the gas-powered one:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=1&*entries*=0

Should pull about 7.25amps.

Google "travel iron" and you'll get a lot more.
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Old 11-14-2015, 10:05 PM   #10
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Travel iron

My wife is an avid quilter. She uses a Clover Model B-68SP iron. 120 watts. Compact. Puts out plenty of heat. No steam but does have an attachment spray. We use a 100 watt Renology solar panel as we are snowbirds and boondock a lot. No problems with power unless too many days of clouds and then we charge with the Honda. If I get bored the solar panel keeps me busy as I have to turn it into the sun every couple hours. I turn the panel into the sun so the side shadow is perpendicular and the rear shadow as long as possible. If I don't the charging amps really drop off.

Spouse carries a lot of fabric with her and we stop at lots of quilt stores. 185 so far. We don't have much room in our 19 foot 5th wheel but we have found quite a bit of extra storage behind areas that Forest River covered up with paneling. She also has plastic tubs that act as a headboard.

I don't know where you are traveling and I am not a big fan of Texas (very little public ground) but near San Antonio is Lake Medina RV park. We usually go there in February for a couple months as they have a large clubhouse where about a dozen ladies set up and leave their machines and they get together to quilt most mornings. Also lots of room between sites. Happy quilting.
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