In December, I splurged and replaced my iron. I had a coupon for a good deal at Joanns, so I picked up the Rowenta DX 1930. (Essentially this iron.) It was love at first steam. I was replacing a $20 black and decker job I received for Christmas when I was 18 and first living on my own. How I made do with that iron for as long as I did is a true testament to the concept that you don't know what you're missing out on until you've tried it.
The Rowenta had So. Much. Steam.
|Obviously I need to dust. Pay attention to the cord reel base and it's LEAK OF DOOM.|
When this all happened, I went downstairs to ask my 84 year old landlord what he thought about plugging it in and giving it a go. I didn't want to set the house on fire. I lament that I'm in the middle of a project (the Wiksten tank, which I love, love, love! I will be posting my progress tomorrow.) and assure him I won't plug in the water filled iron and set the house on fire. He offers me a replacement iron which I accept.
I get upstairs and upon closer inspection realize it is a cloth cord non-steam iron. It looks to be circa 1910's, perhaps worthy of being heated not by the electrical cord jutting out of it but the coals of a hot fire. Observe:
|Off, Low, Ray, Wool, Cot, Lin. An array of heat options!|
A few minutes later there is a knock on my door. He is offering me not one, but two more irons, for a total of THREE replacement irons to use. He insists I take them. The other two are cheap steam irons probably from the 80's or early 90's.
My mom made the joke that I would need to rent a storage unit for all the irons.
Sneak peak of the Wiksten Tank:
|The iron crapped out just before finishing the bias tape on the armscyes.|
My new iron has arrived, and it has about a billion steam holes. I can't wait to use it!