When I left home for college oh so many moons ago, I bought myself an iron. I'm not sure why actually? I guess because an iron is something that my mom had in her house and I thought, "I'm not going to be at home anymore . . . what if I need an iron and no one has one?!"
Why would I even think that? To this day I live in clothing that requires no pressing. Not because I never accidentally leave the clothes sitting in the dryer too long but because in those instances I just [gasp] run them through the dryer another time. I know. I'm a total energy waster that way.
Don't get too upset with me. I wear jeans and t-shirts on a regular basis and generally don't find a need for the re-dry terribly often.
Anyway, that's not why I need an iron. My old had-'er-since-college Black & Decker that I picked up as a floor model at Target for probably $20 is starting to kick the bucket. You see, she's gotten a lot more of a workout in the last 3 years since I started sewing.
The main issue: she sputters and spews water like it's her job.
Secondary issue: the dang auto shut off feature. I HATE that thing. It's probably good for people ironing a pair of pants or people that often get sidetracked. But it seriously drives me bonkers. I don't mind it shutting off after, say, 20 minutes of non-use. This thing seems to want to shut down after about 5 minutes and it stays off even after you come back to it and flip it horizontal to, you know, let it know you're ready to iron again. Which means, I have to unplug the iron every 5 minutes to get it to turn back on again.
And it's smart.
It knows when I'm trying to do a quick unplug-then-plug-back-in maneuver and refuses to comply. I have to literally count to 10 while I'm holding the plug in my hand and then plug it back in. Why? I think that's how long its little iron brain takes to shut down completely and *forget* that it was in auto WE DON'T WANT TO START A HOUSE FIRE shut off mode.
Trixy little minx.
Anyway, so she's breaking down in the usefulness department as well as breaking down in the steaming department. I've been doing some research (and by doing research I mean googling stuff like "what is the best iron for quilters?" (You like that? I'm 2 blocks into my first bee, and I'm googling like I'm a legit quilter.)
So far, I am coming up with some great threads on this question that are *completely worthless* because they were commented on several years ago and the irons mentioned are not even made anymore. Searches on Amazon are not blowing my mind either. Or rather, they are giving me a headache so I'm not going to do them anymore for awhile. (Don't you love reviews split 50/50? This is the best iron ever and you're a crazy person for not getting it already alongside Are you out of your mind this thing will electrocute and kill you how dare you even think about buying it?!)
So anyway, I thought I'd just ask you all . . . do you have an iron? Do you like it? Does it shut down on you when you're in the middle of something? Does it spit scathing hot water on your feet when you move it too vigorously across your fabric? Does it make all your dreams come true? Do you love it so much you find yourself ironing things that don't need to be ironed just so you can use it?
See . . . this is the kind of info I need.
Please help. I honestly really do need some direction. Oh, and if it happens to be available at Jo-Ann that would be a bonus. I have a gift card that is burning a hole in my pocket.
Oh, and when you're done commenting away on what iron I should get next (that may not make all my dreams come true but won't be a piece of crap), check out this article I found on my aforementioned Google search.
Did NOT see that coming.