Ahh, another iron! Any time my doorbell rings, it’s either the mail man or the UPS man. Oh, ok . . occasionally it’s the Fed Ex man but that’s rare. He comes so infrequently that I don’t even know his name! Today the mail man delivered the new iron. The purple one on the left. Purple is the next best thing to lime green, you know?
The Black & Decker Prestige Elite on the end . . who comes up with these names? Have they ever used the darned thing? Prestige Elite? I can think of lots of names for an iron that cost about $70 four or five years ago and leaked from Day One. Prestigious? No way! Elite? That makes me laugh. Too many irons out there seem to leak and sputter so what would make this one “elite” . . it does what most of the others do. It’s going in the trash . . today!
The next one is one I picked up at an antique shop this past weekend . . mostly for show but it does work. Sounds familiar . . mostly for show but does work . . occasionally! 🙂 I won’t mention names that come to mind!
The middle one is the Black & Decker Classic. I thought it was an old iron that Vince had before we were married but big as Texas, it says “Made in China” so I doubt it’s as old as I thought. It does work and at least half the time it doesn’t leak. It’s hard to fill though and doesn’t have a window so you can see how much water is in there. It’s going back upstairs to the cupboard where the ironing upstairs would get done if any ironing got done upstairs.
Next we have a Rival Steamwave. Bought that one at Target a year or so ago. Not sure what I paid for it, though it looks and feels like a cheap iron so I’m not overly stressed about throwing it in the trash. It also leaked pretty much from the beginning.
New new one – the T-Fal Easy Glide – and did I mention that I love purple? Once upon a time, I was in Lowe’s in Owensboro, KY with Mr. Bargain Shopper, aka Vince! There was a T-Fal iron on the discount table for $6. He snatched it up. Me . . I don’t use cheap irons! Not sure how it happened but I ended up with it and I loved it! Truly loved it, cherished it, dared anyone to drop it, knock it over, say bad words in front of it. It worked for at least 6 years without leaking a drop. Then one day, about a year ago, the little dial that turns the temperature up and down just fell out! Vince assured me he could fix it but he never did. It was on a surge protector and I turn it off when I leave the room so I just left it as it was, with the hole where the dial had once been. It continued to work like a charm. What an iron that thing was! Then one day, I thought it was getting a bit too hot. My ironing cover began looking scorched. Then it burned a hole in one of my quilt blocks. We were finished. I can put up with a lot from an iron but safety became an issue. I tossed it. Chad got it out of the trash every time I tossed it because he loved it. I finally marched right outside and put it directly in the stinking blue big can. You know . . it could have been in the blue can on this day! Chad still says “I can’t believe you threw away the best iron we ever had!” Bet if it had burned a hole in one of his fancy, smancy striped shirts, he would have thought differently about it.
After several recommendations from others who use T-Fal irons, I ordered the new one. I got the least expensive one because . . well, if one that cost $6 worked so well, why would I need to spend $70 instead of $30? I don’t know! Ask me next week.
One problem I see . . first page in the book (I do read the books!), it says “Do not use 100% purified bottled water. If you have very hard water, use half tap water and half bottled water. Do not use softened water.” Please! Why is everything so difficult? I have softened water. Even my outside faucets have softened water. There were some real rocket scientists building this house! So, I can’t use 100% purified bottled water and I can’t use softened water. That leaves me with few alternatives! Who knew that a stay at home wife/mom/quilter would ever face such challenges?
When Vince gets home, we’re going to talk about that water softener. I do not like it one bit and now that it’s created a problem that affects my sewing, I think it’s time we parted ways! Us and the water softener . . not Vince and me!