All our products are made with love and care in RURAL Australia by men and women who have a disability.
We Always Show Off Our Bottom! It’s Our Best Feature.
$44.95 for a life time of tantrum free ironing.
Because it’s the underside of the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover that makes it special.
You want a cover to fit whatever size your board is. To fit perfectly, regardless of what you’re ironing. You don’t want it to ever move, ride up, wrinkle, crease, and curl its toes up when you’re putting the finishing touches on your best garment or heritage quilt. You like colour, but definitely don’t want it to bleed on anything you own. You might not wash your cover frequently, but when you do, you don’t want it to fall apart. So the fabric has to be pretty special. And you don’t want to throw it away every few months and have to buy another one.
The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover will fit your board perfectly. It never moves, it lasts for an obscene length of time, it looks fabulous on your board and it makes ironing a breeze. This cover will fit all your criteria. And we’ve guaranteed all of this since 1994.
Not only that, but it’s made with love and care in rural Australia by men and women who have a disability. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that your purchase gives them a strong sense of self-worth.
Only seconds to secure, no lacing or struggling with draw strings.
Simply crisscross the elastic tension system over 4 hooks and the cover never moves or wrinkles because it’s self adjusting. Stays drum tight even when pressing sheets, tablecloths, quilts or any large item. Your board folds up and down as easily as before.
Why do other cover manufacturers only show you the top? Because there’s nothing underneath. It’s the same old elastic or drawstring round the edges, which never really stops the cover from wrinkling. It’s just more of the same.
The breakthrough came when an architect, Victor Pleshev, heard his mother’s plea for a cover that would never wrinkle and stay on her board. Using his 25 years of design and construction experience, he saw a simple solution. Add a crisscross, elastic tension system under the cover.
Facts, facts, facts.
The fabric. Its tough, 100% pure cotton drill for smooth ironing and a long, long life. Fabrics that are part synthetic won’t stand high heat and leave black residue on your iron.
No garish patterns. Plain, colourfast colours won’t stain your clothes or wash out. And always look smart on your board. Printed patterns are rarely colourfast and are often part synthetic.
One standard size fits all popular boards from: 33cm wide x 111 cm long (13″x 44″) to 46cm wide x 139cm long (18″x 56″) and everything in between. The tension system is self adjusting for a drum tight fit.
With smaller or larger boards we can still help. Our extra small cover fits boards from 29cm wide x 85cm long (11.5″ x 34″) to 34cm wide x 110cm long (13.6″ x 44″). The extra large cover fits all boards bigger than our standard size.
Our covers don’t have padding sewn in so they never get lumpy. We only recommend and sell the best quality, compressed felt sheet to give a smoother ironing surface. And you won’t need new padding with every cover.
The pouch the cover comes in turns into a great storage solution for when you need a place to store your clothes brush, spray bottle or iron cleaner in easy reach?
Who uses the cover? Anyone who irons will benefit from the Fitz Like A Glove Ironing Board Cover but in particular it’s a boon for patchwork and quilters, sewers, ironing services, dressmakers, wedding gown designers, tailors, school fashion design courses, clothing alteration services and laundries. The cover is appreciated by professionals and trades persons alike who are used to, and expect, efficiency and quality in the tools that they use.
Wrinkle free, trouble free, profanity free ironing makes this cover a joy to use. So give it a try.
Protecting our customers since 1994.
You get four essential guarantees. At $44.95+p&h, it’s absolutely risk free.
1 A 100% unconditional refund, including postage, if you’re not happy for any reason.
2 Guaranteed against wear and tear for 12 months (lots are going strong after 5 years).
3 Guaranteed to be not only colourfast, but rub fast as well.
4 And most important; the fit is guaranteed for the life of the cover.
A lot of people have put their heart and soul into this cover. The design, quality and customer service is as good as we can make it. But the real heroes are the men and women with disabilities who manufacture the cover. They’re the ones who make sure that you get the best product possible.
We strongly recommend our superior felt underlay as the perfect partner to the Fitz Like A Glove™ Cover. You’ll never have a better ironing surface and there’s no extra postage.
All up, there are 20 components which make up this cover and every piece has been tested and sourced to last the distance.
Fabric details: We use heavy duty, 190 gsm (grams per square metre) cotton drill. This fabric has a diagonal weave, which means that it’s resistant to distortion. square weave fabrics have less resistance to stretching and become baggy quickly. Weight is important too. A typical supermarket cover weighs 75 to 90 gsm and more weight means much more durability.
Why not synthetic fabrics? The highest setting on your iron is for linen and cotton and that’s what your cover should be. You wouldn’t iron synthetic fabrics on a cotton heat setting, so why use a cover that can’t take the heat.
Colour details: If it’s not colour fast then the dye will end up on your clothes. If the fabric is printed rather than dyed through, there is more chance of the dye rubbing off on your clothes. Check the instructions. If it says “wash before use” it will almost certainly run. We choose our colours very carefully. We make sure that dye doesn’t rub off. And because you will have your cover for a long time, it must be easy to live with. So they’re all plain, rich colours, which are never out of fashion.
Tension chord details: there’s a tension cord holding the cover in place, which is made of 12 separate, very fine elastic strands bound with a woven polyester casing. The resulting 3mm diameter composite elastic cord has remarkable stretch and recovery, is fully washable and snag resistant.
Elastic details: There is also a 9mm perimeter elastic, which is woven not knitted (because it’s stronger) . We go to the trouble of threading this elastic through the skirt hem rather than sewing it in like other covers. This leaves your cover free to slide over this elastic, adjusting out all the wrinkles. While the tension cord keeps the cover smooth on top, this elastic makes sure that the cover hugs your board evenly round the perimeter.
Anchor point details: There are 11 tough anchor points for the tension cord. 9 of these are made of 8mm, tubular, woven cotton cording and the 2 end points are made of 32mm woven cotton webbing. Into each end point we insert a brass eyelet with washer to take the end of the tension cord. Brass so that it doesn’t rust and the washers make sure that the eyelets don’t pull out.
Attachment details: The tension cord is hooked over 4 polypropylene curtain glides used as hooks. Chosen for their durability and ease of use these curtain glides make ideal attachment points. They can be handled easily by people with hand problems and once attached, the mushroom stud makes sure that the tension cord stays in place until released.
Australian Made: Our covers are made in the Central Tablelands of NSW, by men and women who have disabilities. They are sewn with 5 thread, industrial overlockers for an absolutely secure finish. Our sewers make sure that every anchor point is caught with all 5 threads, the tension cord is tied off with triple knots and the perimeter elastic is tied with a 75mm tail for a safe finish.
Quality control details: Each cover is checked 3 times. Twice in the factory and once by us before we dispatch. If it’s not as perfect as we can get it, we don’t send it.
Tips For Success
Get more mileage out of your cover
After selling many, many covers, we’ve been intrigued to find that for 80% of customers, our cover lasts from 3 to 9 years, while others order more frequently. Our investigations have produced interesting results, which will help extend the life of your cover.
Underfelt. It’s the quiet achiever of your ironing surface. You need good quality, thick felt under your cover for two, very good reasons:
• To provide a smooth, resilient surface for quicker ironing and
• To insulate your cover from your metal board so that your cover lasts longer.
If your ironing surface isn’t smooth and resilient, your iron snags your clothes as you iron, slowing you down and producing poor results.
Good underfelt prevents the metal top and edges from heating up and burning your cover from underneath. Contact with hot metal will dramatically shorten the life of your cover.
For smoother ironing and a longer life for your cover, always use good quality, thick felt, as this does better under heat. Never, ever use foam rubber as it compresses and solidifies under heat.
Just as important. Don’t use pre-cut felt as it’s always smaller than your board and exposes the metal edges, and hence your cover, to heat from your iron. Always trim the felt 2 to 3cms larger than your board so that the felt rolls over the edge, padding and insulating it all round the board.
Signs of trouble. If you see the mesh pattern from your board appearing on your cover, or your iron snags, or you can feel the metal edges, it’s time to upgrade.
Water spillage. You will quite often spill water on your cover. No problem! Our covers are colour fast and washable. But if you dry the water with your hot iron (always tempting) the cover will deteriorate at about twice the normal rate. Damage typically appears in a circular pattern, at the back of your board. The fabric becomes brittle, discoloured and eventually tears.
Water soaks into the fibres causing them to expand. Applying a hot iron turns the water to steam. The steam expands and bursts through the fibres to escape. This weakens the fibres and over time causes a complete breakdown of the fabric. The occasional spill is OK, but regular iron drying is to be avoided.
We suggest. That you fill your iron over the sink if convenient, or keep a heat proof tray handy to put under the iron when filling, or let the spill dry naturally.
We’ve had a 100% success rate in improving the life of covers when these suggestions are followed. You should get thousands of hours of trouble free ironing out of your Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover and we get concerned if you don’t.
It’s been a long time between covers. I bought my current cover when you were at Mosman Markets in Sydney. My youngest son, who is now 19, was still in a pram. I iron for 5 children. And 2 adults. Every day. It has finally worn out. No tears. Just looking shabby. Am looking forward to my new cover.
Warm regards, Jane ( I miss you at Mosman Markets!)
Photo is St Sophia Cathedral in Harbin China. Built in 1907, it is the largest Russian Orthodox church in the Far East.
Photo courtesy of China Like Never Before.
Victor’s paternal grandfather was a Colonel in the Czar’s Army. When the Bolshevik Revolution took place, he knew he was a marked man. And fled Russia by train for the White Russian enclave in China, called Harbin. Which was the administrative headquarters for the Chinese Eastern Railway. Which was financed by the Russian Empire. It was a city already inhabited by an overwhelming majority of immigrants from Russia.
Along the way, he had to jump off the train and finish his journey on foot. Because the Bolsheviks (Red Army) were shooting at him from one end of the train.
Victor’s maternal grandmother was part of the Russian aristocracy. They were also marked for death. She left Russia with nine members of her family. Walking along the Chinese Eastern Railway line to the White Russian enclave of Harbin. They were escorted by the White Russian Army. Which kept them safe from attacks by the Bolsheviks. But nothing could keep them safe from the ravages of the journey in winter. To the coldest city in China. She was the lucky one. Travelling on horseback. Along the way, she lost all the members of her family to disease and fatigue. She was the sole survivor. When she arrived in Harbin, she was strapped belly down on her horse. Suffering from raging Typhoid Fever.
Life in Harbin was exceptionally good. China, then governed by an Emperor, welcomed the White Russians. They became affluent. Well educated. Contributed to China’s economy. And is where Victor’s parents were born.
All that changed when the Japanese occupied China in 1931. Using its citizens for live medical experiments. Killing 12,000 of its residents.
The final blow to their charmed life came when Mao Zedong ruled China from 1949. His mantra was that China is only for the Chinese. The communists gave the Russian community an ultimatum. Leave. Or face dire consequences.
From that moment on, they were not allowed to work.
Every member of the Russian community was forced to apply for visas around the world. And families were broken up.
Victor’s aunt and her husband, an academic, were the first of his family to leave. They went to the Philippines. And then to Australia. They sponsored Victor’s parents application for residency.
When Victor’s parents arrived, all they came with was a suitcase in each hand. And a very young boy. Everything else had to be left behind.
The rest of their extended family went to different parts of the world. America. Asia. South America. Russia. Never to be reunited again.
Victor’s father, Dio, was an engineer. Having graduated from one of the best universities in China. Victor’s mother, Margarita, worked in a pharmacy in China. And was planning to study to become a chemist.
Their qualifications meant nothing in Australia. Victor’s father worked 3 jobs. Mainly in factories doing menial work. To put food on the table. Margarita worked in a laundry. To add to their income.
They had no car. And lived with other newly arrived Russian families in a large house in Wentworthville. In the outer suburbs of Sydney. There was always someone to mind the children when everyone else was out working.
In a true rags to riches story, Victor’s parents learned English. His dad kept applying for engineering jobs. Was finally hired by a company who recognised his skills. Passed an exam which conferred him with an engineering degree. And went on to become one of Australia’s leading coal mining engineers. In the field of coal preparation. Which is the cleaning of coal. He had no peers in Australia. And was in demand all over the world for his innate talent.
Aged in their 60’s, life was very good. All their hard work and dedication to becoming outstanding citizens in their new country paid dividends.
Life changes in an instant. As it did for Victor’s parents when Margarita suffered first one stroke. Then a second stroke.
Her first stroke affected her speech. Primarily her ability to communicate verbally. She spoke what can only be called ‘word salad’. Words strung together that had no meaning.
We could all see how frustrated she was in not being able to communicate. But miraculously. She recovered from that.
The second stroke left her with no feeling in her right hand. It was permanent damage. Watching her hold a hot cup of tea was sometimes alarming. Especially when the cup teetered from right to left. She was always a burns victim waiting to happen.
Watching her ironing one day on a weekend visit to Sydney, we could see her struggling to keep control of the ironing board cover that was slipping and sliding on – and off – her board. While holding a hot iron in her right hand that was tilting in all directions. Including narrowly missing burning her left arm.
We admonished her for not having a cover on her board that fitted tight and snug. She said she couldn’t find one. We went shopping. Brought her back 7 covers. None of which did the job. She couldn’t pull a drawstring tight. Others fitted her board like a giant marshmallow. Others just didn’t fit her board at all. Too small. And all those with elastic slipped off the board as easily as the cover she was using.
On the drive back to our rural property, Victor, an architect, said that if he can keep a multi-story building standing up, he can design a cover for his mother that will stay on her board.
He did. He designed the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover. Just for his mum. And the rest is history.
You can read the full story, Our story. How We Built A Worldwide Business From Broke. Here. ~Carol❤
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