iron maiden - a sort of sad story.
Sewists - could you let me know your favorite iron or what iron(s) work for you?!
My lovely Rowenta iron has slowly been dying this last month at only 4 years old and I am suddenly confused about irons. I want to know your preferences, experiences, and thoughts before I invest in another fancy iron.
It started with a little leaking. I thought it wasn't hot enough when I started or that I had over-filled it, but I realized that it was leaking out the bottom edge, not the steam holes. First I just set it on a towel... but even with a towel under it, it was leaking a lot... enough to make a big ugly brown stain on my ironing board cover. Eww.
I scoured Amazon reveiws and found that many people had the same trouble with Rowenta irons so I wasn't sure at all what to get - I thought I'd just go with a Black and Decker or something decent but cheaper & then I found a vintage Sunbeam deadstock iron for $18 that caught my eye. I like old things and old things often work better than new things... so I decided to give it a try. It's pretty nice.
It's much smaller than the Rowenta, but quite heavy and it does have a steam burst and a variety of settings. It gets a lot hotter and it doesn't have an auto-off, so I have to be very careful with this one not to burn my house down!
It's got lots and lots of steam vents, more over it's small surface than the Rowenta does.
It's from 1988 and it retailed for $34.95 back then, so I think it was pretty fancy at the time that it was produced, originally.
Still, I wanted to try to salvage my Rowenta and I found some instructions on how to fix the exact problem I was having... but on a different Rowenta model. I bought some caulking and a hex screw driver to try to fix it... but ended up with a very sad state of affairs.