Thankfully not my beloved sewing machine! Unfortunately it’s the source of heat and steam, tamer of seams, shaper of darts. The piece of equipment I loathe in it’s usual domestic role but love as maker of garments. Yup, my iron is on its last legs.
The steam is taking forever to generate and I can press almost an entire metre of fabric on the cotton setting with the steam on high and not a puff of it will appear. I’ve descaled it and it makes no difference. Sigh.
To be fair though, its done really well. I have had that iron for well over ten years. It’s worked hard when we had a boatyard, ironing all the sheets and pillow cases (I used to iron over 100 sheets and about 200 pillow cases each week). It’s also been in use nearly every day for ‘regular’ ironing as well as taming seams, darts, pleats, hems throughout my sewing career so far. Not bad for an iron that only cost me £30!
So now I need to investigate the purchase of a new iron before the current one gives up entirely. I’ve had a look on Amazon and quite frankly the range is a bit off-putting! Do I go for a regular domestic iron again, or spring for one with a steam generator? Does anyone have an iron that they would recommend?
Heh, my plans for any money I get for Christmas is going the way of something hot and steamy and not that exciting… unless you make your own clothes of course!