New Iron!

A slight divergence for non-knitterly activities.

I received a Rowenta iron for Christmas!

I had never understood why one would pay more than $15 for an iron, but now, I completely do. This was recommended to me by fellow knitter and crafter Lisa. She sews, and therefore irons a lot. While I do not sew, I hope to learn one day. Primarily though, I asked for this for Christmas since I’ll be starting my new job soon (ish) where I have to wear ironed shirts and pants. I really hate ironing. Somehow, I always manage to mess it up. Not with this iron.

First off, it is super hot. No idea exactly how hot it is, but on my white cotton button-up shirt that has not been ironed in literally years, one glide took out all the wrinkles. Not back and forth – just once. The steam is really strong, and I can even force a burst of steam over a particular stubborn area. In fact, when I accidently ironed in a wrinkle on the sleeve, I made it burst some steam, and the wrinkle came right out. Amazing.

Secondly, it heats up super quickly. I plugged it in, and less than 30 seconds later, it was all the way up to the hottest setting. There is even an indicator light that tells you when it’s ready. Sweet.

The water tank is huge. The heat dial is easy to understand. The cord is long and tangle-free. Most models have an auto-shut off feature, but I choose one that doesn’t in case I use it to sew. It even has a vertical steam feature, although I haven’t tested that particular feature yet. I imagine it’ll come in super handy with my knitting some day.

So for those of you who sew, or just who wants a good iron. This one rocks.

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January 26, 2008. Tags: , . Tools.

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