About the only ironing I do in the house would be Vince’s shirts so I’m not real picky about the iron I use there. It is a Rowenta and it works for the little bit of ironing I do with it but I wouldn’t like it in the sewing room. In my sewing room, I’m much more picky about my iron. I love the Reliable heavy massive steam irons.
The first one I bought didn’t last long and I was not happy, considering how much I paid for it. I was moaning about it on the blog and a reader told me she had one she bought and didn’t like . . maybe because it was too heavy and she offered to send it to me. As I recall, she had two . . the one like I had and a smaller one. That was about four years ago and I’m still using the one she sent me so I’m very happy that my first one must have been defective and not the norm.
Yesterday a friend posted a link on Facebook of some pressing techniques and I was intrigued by the iron. The more I looked at it, the more I thought . . that looks familiar, and then I remembered I have one of those too!
It’s the Reliable 300 series “Professional Ironing System”. It takes a long time to heat up because there’s a lot of water in there and a boiler has to heat it all up before it starts steaming but it’s great for ironing yardage, which is what I was trying to do this morning.
I love a heavy iron and that little steam generator is the perfect weight for me. Even without the steam, it still irons better than most irons I use. Would I spend that much again on an iron? Doubtful since I’m not sewing that much any more but if I get back into quilting, I’ll definitely make good use of this steam generator . . now that I remember I have it.
Makes me wonder what other wonderful tools are hiding! I’m so glad I looked at that link on Facebook yesterday. But, the truth is . . that iron has been sitting out in plain sight so I just wasn’t thinking about it.