Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hot tip

One of the items on my wish list from Santa was a new iron.  Now I normally don't request presents that plug in, but I have 2 reasons for wanting a new iron.  Here is reason number one. 
Trashed cover from drips and steam. Ewwwww.
You can bet that if my steam iron is doing this to my ironing board cover, my fabric and clothes are getting the same treatment.  I currently use a Black and Decker Classic steam/dry iron, and I love the cute vintage-y look of it.   It's small, not too heavy, and gets good and hot. McSteamy!  Reminds me of the one my Grandma used.  There it is on the left.

 It actually drips way less than my expensive Rowenta ( which has been sentenced to the back of the closet without parole, for bad behavior), and it also costs under $30.  So if this one works so good why ask for another?
Reason number two.  Holes.
The holes on steam irons always get caught on the edges of my fabric, especially when I'm piecing or doing applique.  Then I have to re- press to get the crunched fabric to lay flat.  Not fun when you're working with little 2.5 inch squares.
So I looked around on the Internet and found a Continental dry iron with a flat sole plate.  Problem solved.  Now I keep a spray bottle handy if I need to add some dampness.  The price is still under $30.  However it does not have an automatic shut-off like most irons (personally I find this feature annoying).  So if you are the type that leaves the house for a two hour trip to Ikea, then says to the hubby  "Did I turn off the iron?", it may not work for you.  Over the years I've gotten into the habit of turning off lights, sewing machine and iron when I leave the room, so I'm not too worried about it.

Now about that ironing board cover.  There are lots of tutorials out there on how to re -cover your ironing board, so I won't bore you with the details.  Let's just say it's about time.
Fresh and clean for the New Year!
 Thank you Santa : )


  1. Very Cheery and Clean looking!
    Sometimes we just NEED something practical from Good Ole St. Nick!

  2. i love the fabric you used for the new ironing board cover - it's really cute...
    i have had the same iron since i was a teenager. i asked for it for my birthday. my step-mom (love her) wondered why i wouldn't rather have a leather jacket or something fun and cute. but i wanted an iron, for crafting purposes - lol.
    have a great day...

  3. Hear ya! That's my iron, too, your old one--love the vintage-y look, hate the drip stains and snaggy holes. Now I know what I want for my birthday.

  4. Thanks for sharing Lynne. This is on my list for the next gift giving holiday (even thought I may buy it for myself....just because) xoxo and Happy New Year!!!

  5. Great iron tips Lynne, thank you. My ironing board cover has similar stains and I really don't know why it never occurred to me that my clothes were being similarly damaged/marked. I feel it time to revamp my laundry equipment. Happy New Year. Philippa xx


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