Do you remember this post? It was December 13 when my iron was leaking badly. I went to Wal-Mart and bought a new Shark iron. So it’s about a month old and look what it’s doing.
It doesn’t matter how you hold it, how you tilt it . . no matter what I do, it leaks. It hasn’t been dropped, it hasn’t been abused. I’ll admit that it may have heard a few four letter words the last couple of days. It was leaking when Chad was trying to iron his shirts and then it was leaking as I was trying to press binding strips Saturday.
Is it too much to ask that an iron heat up, steam and not leak? I’m not asking any more than that from my iron. On the Quilt Designers list, there’s been a recent discussion about irons and it seems that no matter what you pay, no matter what brand you get, if you have one that isn’t leaking, you’re darned lucky. And, no! I’m not going to use a dry iron and spritz my fabric with water for several reasons. First, I’m sometimes pressing seams on quilts done by others and if they haven’t washed their fabrics, the last thing I need is red running onto white fabric. And, if I do paper piecing, I’m printing the pieces on an ink jet printer and I’m sure you know what it does when it gets wet. The steam from the iron so far has not been enough to make the ink run but spritzing with water will. Did I ever tell you about the time I had done a bunch of paper piecing and decided it should be easier to remove the paper if I misted it with water? All that ink . . all over my fabric. That was not a good idea!
Anyway, I’m really aggravated about this iron leaking after one month’s use. I doubt I have the receipt so it will just get tossed. I have no idea what I’m going to do about an iron now. No idea at all!
If you’re looking for a new iron and you want to put water in it and get steam vs. stream, you may not want a Shark!