Let’s buy an iron!!

Last week I asked a question about irons and got some great advice. Here is what I heard…..

First of all, MOST people do not use the steam function on their iron. Instead, they use a spray bottle to better control the amount of water that is being added to the fabric. I had NEVER thought about that.

Also, they said that irons will last longer if you don’t add water to the mix. That certainly makes sense.

One individual suggested this Sprayer from Angela Walters

I might buy it just for the saying!!!

One person suggested that, if you are not using steam, you may not need the higher wattage. That is something else to consider.

Several people liked the Chi brand irons

The one that I found on Amazon was 1700 watts and had a $US80 price tag.

I don’t know anything about this brand but do remember my daughter being so excited when she could finally afford a Chi Hair Straightener!!!

Olisio irons also got a shout out, although I had a hard time finding a full-size one on Amazon. But, maybe I just didn’t look hard enough!!!

The general consensus is that Rowenta irons are simply not worth the money!! Several people said that they like the iron but that it didn’t work for long and had to be replaced.

One that I had never heard of was a dry iron from Vermont Country Store....

This model was $US55.

The most suggested brand was Black & Decker, with this one being singled out…..

It is 1100 watts and sells on Amazon for $US29.

Several people mentioned that they are still using the iron that they bought MANY years ago and one reader said that, when hers finally dies, she will go to a thrift store for a new one.

This really makes me wish that I still had my Mom’s old iron….the one that Dad had replaced the cord on several times!!

The one that I had found when I originally started looking was the Beautural 1800-Watt…..

It had really high reviews on Amazon with 11,000 people rating it!! That number of ratings is hard to fake!!

One reader said that she really liked this iron. The only drawback that she had was that it would sometimes blow the fuses in her old house!! Since my house isn’t that old, I would hope that I wouldn’t have that problem. Having said that, I often have two irons on at the same time so that could be a problem!!

Since I am interested in seeing the difference that an 1800-watt iron would bring, I am planning to order this last iron and give it a try.

Keep coming back and I will let you know what I think!!

And, THANK YOU to everyone who commented and gave advice. Sometimes, it does take a village!!!

Let’s iron those chains!!

We all know that ironing is a BIG part of quilting and sometimes it takes longer to iron than it does to piece. And, woe to you if you don’t get it ironed flat!!!

Back when I was working on the Brown Stripe quilt, I made a video about an easier way to iron when you have been chain piecing. While it isn’t actually a TOOL, it certainly is a technique that will go a long way…..