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Old 02-28-2016, 07:02 AM
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Anyone have a cheap alternative to the covering iron socks? I tried a regular sock once but I think it was too thick and couldn't get enough heat to come through.
Old 02-28-2016, 11:40 AM
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Baby Socks !!! Sometimes you can find a lot of them at a Resale shop . ENJOY !!! RED
Old 02-28-2016, 02:29 PM
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Baby socks high in nylon
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I've tried baby socks once a few years ago. That's what I was referring to when I couldn't seem to get enough heat to come through. Don't know what the nylon content was but found them when we were getting rid of clothes the kids outgrew.

I was thinking about laying a handkerchief down on the plane and moving the iron on top of the handkerchief. What do you think?
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I think socks were intended to shrink film covering, they make it slide over it more smoothly. I never use them for applying the covering and you don't use them for fabric shrinking either. Cotton baby socks work pretty well but will scorch a lot easier than the ones made for the irons. My 2 cents.

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Look for thin cotton baby socks. Also, many ankle socks come in thin cotton.

With an old white t-shirt it's easy to cut out a pattern that will fit your iron and then sew in a cord around the edges.
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This is for an older Electrifly ARF that I recently purchased so there are spots that have come up that need to be ironed back down. I hadn't thought about a cotton shirt. I have a few that I can use.

I have no idea what covering they used. It's almost like they used paint and then a clear film on top. It's not saying much for me but it's something I haven't seen it before.
Old 02-29-2016, 07:25 AM
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I wrap a handkerchief over it and tie a
piece of string around where the handle
attaches. I can turn the knob through
the fabric. On the 20th century iron this
is not even an issue.

Jenny
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Sorry maybe it was high Cotten instead of nylon. If you aren't getting enough heat through a baby sock turn up the heat
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I tried iron socks once. Found them to be very uncomfortable.
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Originally Posted by jetmech05 View Post
Sorry maybe it was high Cotten instead of nylon. If you aren't getting enough heat through a baby sock turn up the heat
You must not be a " DIVER " . lol ENJOY !!! RED
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Wrong quote !!! Red
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Cost: virtually free

Required: Three large safety pins and a supply of old T shirts either 100% cotton or a cotton/polyester mix. The mix types work just as well only last fewer heat cycles (work sessions). A piece of cardboard to cut your template out of.

Function: This simple safety pin method is worth learning since the fabric can be stretched as tight as necessary and present no slop with movement as the baby socks do. The temperature control on all the iron types is assessable. With the use of high temperatures for monocoat the socks last typically two heat cycles (work sessions) before burning out and can be changed out quickly. I keep a stack of fresh cut shocks ready to go around all the time.

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Old 03-04-2016, 04:27 AM
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I just found a stash of shirts I was going to give to goodwill. Guess I just found an alternative use for them. When using them, are you using one or both sides of the shirt at a time?
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I guess it's time to replace mine.
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Sideoftheroad It is my preference to use the stretched shirt material single layer only. The added thickness does not seem to increase the burnout life. The commercial ones that tower sells for instance do seem to burnout just as fast as the single layer.

Keep in mind that the type of covering film you use of course will affect the number of heat cycles you you get from the sock material. Monocoat which requires more heat will decrease the number of cycles you get.
Also if you use a thick layer or the commercial ones which have a very thick layer with monocoat. Usually wide open on the temperature selecter is required and that may not be enough.

One last hint on using a shrink iron The temperature is never uniform on the shoe and the hottest area is the heel region with the Toe the coolest. This can be useful to consider while maneuvering your iron in use.

Above are a few pics showing this time the Century 21 iron using the the pin technique. Also pictured is a stack of precut socks ready to go. After a little practice a sock change can be done nice and tight in about a minute.

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Old 03-04-2016, 07:44 PM
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Jolly Popper, your answer made me laugh.. Because my first thought when I read "Iron Socks was ...


Don't swim in em !
Old 03-05-2016, 01:27 PM
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"I have no idea what covering they used. It's almost like they used paint and then a clear film on top. It's not saying much for me but it's something I haven't seen it before."

It sounds like you have some cheap covering. But all covering is made the same way. The glue is in the color. The clear on top makes it pretty. It's not uncommon for some of the off brand ARFs to use covering that the color stays and the clear peels. I've had some that you could not stick back down no matter what. If you decide to recover it. Use a little heat to start the peeling process. It will still leave some of the color behind, but it helps.

David
Old 03-05-2016, 05:28 PM
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Actually, there is ARF covering that has paint on the outside. The electric Vista I just got for $100 has a multi-color scheme. It's noticeable right off that some of the colors aren't 100% shiny. Get the iron too hot and the colors start to come off.

The Tower Vista covering has the white underneath the film and the red, blue and silver is paint. ....and comes off on the sock of a very hot iron.

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