|2012-2014 : Rest in Peace|
To celebrate my recent UFO finish, I treated myself to starting a brand new quilt! I was making great progress when my iron suddenly died while pressing my rows of blocks.
At first, panic did not set in. I figured the automatic shut off safety feature had kicked in...nope--the lights were all off. Next I checked the extension cord to see if a fuse had blown...but its light was on telling me it was getting juice. I unplugged the iron and tried plugging it back in confirming that it was truly dead. Panic now set in and required an immediate trip to my trusty Target store for a much needed replacement iron.
|I don't mean to brag, but this is a professional grade iron!|
Fortunately, they carried a selection of 10 or more irons, including the brand Shark. I really like the Shark designs, especially the iron plate, which just glides across the fabric and is very easy to clean. I went with the light weight professional grade iron which has the setting dial, a pointier tip to really press open those seams and my sleek iron plate. It works great and makes a great press the first pass over the fabric, so I may not need to rely so heavily on best press as much for crisp seams.
While I was at Target, I had a second mission in mind: look for a travel sized iron for classes and workshops. At a recent workshop, a fellow guild member introduced me to a pint sized iron that packs a punch. She even let me test drive it and I was very impressed. She told me the brand name, which while I had since forgotten, but remembered that it was cute and clever name. Once at Target, I immediately recognized it: Hot 2 Trot. It has a decent ironing surface size, lightweight, ergnomically friendly and gets super hot. All this for only $9.99!! How could I resist bringing this little guy home?!?
|All my irons from over the years--some retired, some to be sent off to iron heaven and others that are ready to quilt|