I’ve been on the hunt for a new iron for a very long
time. I can’t tell you the number of
hours I’ve spent researching irons and reading reviews. Honestly, more than I ever thought or cared
to have tackled. But a good iron is essential
for quilting and so I’ve been doing my due diligence.
pool of water that comes gushing out.
Some days, not even a drip! Beyond frustrating! Plus the central dial for
selecting the heat setting fell off and no longer tells me the correct
setting. And it’s hit or miss as to
whether she comes on or not. Despite all this craziness, I just can’t seem to
part with her!
the Black & Decker Professional Steam Iron at 50% off. I thought – this is it –
this is a sign. And Thankfully the hubz
was on hand as the only box left was on the very top shelf – wayyyy beyond my
reach 😉 I grabbed her and headed to the cash.
I had heard great things about this iron from other quilters
and thought at $29.99 (down from $59.99) I couldn’t go wrong. I eagerly took her out of her box, got her
all set up and pulled a pile of fat quarters from the dryer. The session started off alright, only to hit
a snag on the second fat quarter. There
it was – the dreaded wet spot! So much
for the anti-drip technology this iron claims to have. At least my Rowenta took
a few years before she started sputtering!
In the above example, this is the second pass with the Black & Decker and she’s still got wrinkles.
several hours a day. But, in the end, I miss the weight as that in of itself
helps ease fabric creases.
she really steams up nicely. So much so,
I benefit from a daily facial! Plus the
Black & Decker doesn’t heat up nearly as much as the Rowenta. I know this as I can’t put my fingers on the
freshly ironed fabric when using my Rowenta, but didn’t have a problem with the
Black & Decker.
pictures don’t really show up that well, the Rowenta does do a better job of
ironing. The front fold was done by the Rowenta while the flat piece was ironed with the Black & Decker.
really nice when ironing larger pieces of fabric. I also like the beeping to notify me when the
auto-shut-off kicks in.
that is, if you buy it on sale; otherwise it’s more like $70). And for that price, the Black & Decker isn’t
a bad option. I just can’t handle the dripping.
Decker is headed back to the store tomorrow.
Oliso and T-Fal.
What I’ve come to understand from
chatting with other quilters, it really does come down to personal
preference. But I’m open to suggestions
and would love to know what your go-to iron is!