I know that I'm not the only quilter who practices serial monogamy with respect to irons... it's just so hard to find one that isn't a drip, doesn't crack under pressure, won't break the bank, and has a little sex appeal, too!
Well, I'm about to stop messing around with losers and just go back to a very old, stodgy friend.
The last iron I sort of liked was a mid-priced Black & Decker that lasted about 2 or 3 years -- long term! -- and then something went wrong and it started spewing rusty water on my fabric.
Before that was a somewhat pricier Rowenta that cracked after a few years and just stopped working.
When the B&D failed, I bought a cheap Proctor Silex at CVS with a 25% off coupon... it's a steam iron, but it doesn't seem to put out any steam on its own -- only when you press the button. And the "cotton" setting feels more like "rayon" to me. A piece of junk, but of course I tossed the box and the receipt before I figured it out. Can you say "freecycle"?
Then last weekend I was trolling in Target and picked up this Black & Decker "Classic". How could I resist the retro look and the hefty weight of it?
It definitely steams, and it gets REALLY hot. But this is what else it does:
I have never had an iron do this before, and this one does it over and over. I don't know if it's something about the finish on the soleplate -- not very shiny -- or if it's something about the shape. But I know I can't live with it, so it's going back tomorrow morning.
And what I'm left with now is this trusty 20+ year old guy from up in the cupboard. I put him away when I started quilting 10 years ago and decided I needed an upgrade. He still gets hot and puts out steam and doesn't pleat my fabric!But, there's no automatic shut-off (I know some people hate that feature, but I don't) and worse is that the plug gets quite hot, so it makes me a little nervous to use it at all, let alone leave it plugged in any longer than I need to.
PLEASE could someone tell me about an iron that they love, that's lasted more than a year or two, and that I might love, too?