Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Little Iron That Could

That would be the Rowenta DA 35. I spotted this cute little bugger at Tuesday Morning and I couldn't resist her charm. Sans an auto shut-off, she'll make a great sewing and craft iron. Putting her to the test last night (...the endless patchwork project), she didn't fail me. In fact, she may replace my primary iron, which would be

the Rowenta Effective. Really, although it may not seem that way, I'm not a big fan of Rowenta irons. Years ago, on the premise that a good iron would make easier work of the drudgery of ironing, I bought a pricey Rowenta at a local department store. After a few years of light use she bit the dust. I vowed to never again invest a healthy sum of money into an iron. Several years passed, as did several more irons, and the Effective appeared at the right place, the right price, and the right time.

So here I am, the owner of two Rowenta irons, neither of which has let me down...yet.

Since we're on the subject of irons and ironing, I'd like to heartily endorse the steam press. This thing is a life saver in a sea of fusible interfacing. It's also great for those large items like drapes and bed skirts. Go for the larger press if you have the room to leave it sitting out.

The leaking and sputtering experiences of past irons have made me skittish, and to be honest, I rarely use the steam capabilities of my ironing appliances. Instead, I keep a water spritzer bottle or a damp pressing cloth handy.

A conversation about ironing wouldn't be complete without the mention of ironing boards. I have two.

I much prefer to use the portable counter-top board. Having stated that, I'm not crazy about the model I'm using. Unfolded, it's raised about 10 inches from the surface it's resting on. That means that I'm somewhat limited in where I can set it up because it's almost too high if I want to place it on my counter height cutting table. I'm in the market for an old fashioned chip board model that sits only and inch or so high.

Occasionally, the full-sized ironing board will come out from its hiding place in the corner of the bathroom. I've had this board for years. Manufactured by Polder, it has an extension on the end to hold an iron. While it may be considered a full-sized board, the extension actually cuts the ironing surface short by about six inches or so. This presents a problem when it comes to buying a replacement cover because standard ironing board covers are too long. I'm sure a replacement can be found online, but sometimes you just want to run to Wally World or Target and get what you need. The cover I have on it currently has been cut to fit and is fastened on the end with what I call ironing board cover garter belts.

My mother must have heard me complaining about the ironing board cover dilema and gifted me with the garter belts. I've had them forever, my very thoughtful and generous mother has since passed, but I've only recently opened the packages of fasteners.

Enough about irons and on to pins and fabric.

The glass head pins were another lucky Tuesday Morning find. I needed some good pins, and these are pretty too.

The fabric came from Walmart. I love Walmart's fabric department. Yes, there's a lot of trash, but I've found plenty of treasures as well. I could probably dedicate a blog post to my Walmart fabric finds. I don't know what I'll do if our local Walmart nixes the fabric department. We've already lost the local Joann's and Hancocks.

That's it for now. My yard is calling me, more like screaming for me to mow it.

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