Friday, October 26, 2012

New Iron & Bad Kitten

I got a new iron yesterday.

Someone brought one of these to retreat. Several of us commented on how nice it was to use and asked where she got it. She ordered it from The Vermont Country Store! Click this link to go directly to the iron. About 9 of us decided that we liked it so much we wanted one for ourselves. So we got online, figured out how much it would be to order 9 irons plus shipping, and paid our money to one person so she could place the order.

This iron is heavy compared to some irons, but I don't like a super lightweight iron. I feel like I have to push down so hard with it to get it to do a good job if it is too light. This iron weighs about the same as my 17 year old Black & Decker ProXpress iron which I like very much but is starting to show its age. I bought this one because I know my B & D iron is on it's last leg, so to speak.

It is a dry iron, so no steam. But this also means no holes in the bottom of the iron that may leave marks on your project. I've quit using steam anyway because putting water in irons these days seems to shorten the life of the iron in my experience. I have a spray bottle with water in it for any times I feel the need for steam. No holes in the bottom is also better for fusing and adhering freezer paper to fabric, in my opinion. With my old iron I had to make sure to move it around so that the holes didn't stay in the same place when fusing.

It has no fancy features like auto shut-off and no light that changes color or goes off once it is hot. This is just a basic iron that gets hot, nice and hot, fairly quickly, about a minute after turning it on. Granted, I've only owned this iron one day, but I did use one for the whole weekend at retreat. It stayed on pretty much all day for three days straight and never complained once. I'll try to remember to give you an update in a couple of months on this iron. Hopefully I will still love it as much as I do today.

Full Disclosure: I have no affiliation with The Vermont Country Store other than I get their catalog occasionally. I paid for the iron with my own money plus shipping and am not being reimbursed in any way for this review. Unless they do a search for their company name, The Vermont Country Store doesn't even know I'm reviewing their iron.

While setting up the photo shoot for my iron, Spooky decided to check out my fabric baskets. I heard some clawing noises behind me and turned around to see this.

When she realized that there is only fabric in this basket she started looking around for something else to get into.

I should mention that this basket is on the second shelf, about 30" above the ground. She had to climb up the outside of the baskets in order to crawl inside. About 2 minutes after this picture was taken she got kicked out of the sewing room for trying to climb the design wall.


quilthexle said...

Give Spooky a hug from me, please ;-)) Gina does things like that all the time (and she's 5 years old ...)
Have a great weekend,

West Michigan Quilter said...

I agree with you about the weight of the iron. I like a heavier iron too. I'm lazy, so I use the spray bottle also. Beats always having to refill that iron. I also hate auto shut off! Drives me nuts when I go to iron a seam and the iron is off. Thanks for the link. I'll have to order one of these.

Denise in PA said...

Great review - I'm always on the hunt for the perfect iron. They just don't make them like they used to. Sigh.

Spooky - what a mischief-maker you are!

Mama Pea said...

I like a heavy iron, too! I like a good steam iron, and I also like a really plain iron. I will check this out.

Your kitty is soooo cute! Love her!