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Someone mentioned they were thinking of buying a new iron. I thought I'd add my observations to their decision process.
This morning I decided to go back to my old Black and Decker iron - no
auto shutoff (gasp! yes it's that old) - that I had retired but not
turfed. I retired it because it had left a steam stain on something and
I didn't want to risk my husband ironing a shirt in a hurry (which
occurs once in a blue moon) and having this happen to him. For a long
time, I used it dry with a spray bottle handy whenever I wanted to steam
something, but he must have done that blue moon thing again and I felt
bad that there had been risk involved!
Anyway, I bought a Sunbeam Steam Master, a not cheap but not expensive
model. At the time, it seemed the right weight and size. When I first
started using it, I realized that what I missed most of all was the
sharply angled point of my Black and Decker - I could nudge that point
into little pieced spots. I now had a more rounded point that was okay
but not the tool the other had been. This style of point is probably
gone from all makes now, I bet, because it looks less graceful and
flow-y than what they now sell.
Comparing them today, my biggest realization is that the Sunbeam has a
lot less flat surface to touch my pieced work because it has so many
steam holes. (Possibly the name "Steam Master" should have been a
clue?!) My old Black and Decker just has an outside V line of holes,
giving me a nice large flat surface to press my blocks. If you are in
the market for an iron, I suggest you consider how you will use it and
choose a weight, shape and faceplate that works for you.
Since piecing is the main use of an iron in my house, with steam
pressing clothing being a very small percentage activity, the new iron
is going into the closet and the old one is returning to duty, but now
with a label for my husband that says "no steam allowed". Hopefully
he'll remember there is a steam iron in the cupboard!
~ Lee M.