Re: Stalking a Reliable Iron Again.....
- From: "cea" <sewingbythecea@xxxxxxx>
- Date: 3 Jul 2006 12:17:12 -0700
This "light" iron stuff is pure nonsense... It makes your work ten---
times as difficult.... I was watching a vintage hollywood fashion
show from approximately 1939 last night (great fun), Construction of
clothes was illustrated, and they mentioned that the hand irons that
they use weigh 20 pounds each.
Heavier irons mean considerably less pressing effort.
my .02 cents..
In those days, the women were stronger, the men more good looking, and
the children were all above average, too.
Last iron I bought was a re-built Rowenta, just after the last
birdling flew the nest. (No sense getting them an expensive iron to
drop). The re-built cost half what a new Rowenta was priced at, and it
has lasted for over 15 years of good hard usage, and still going.
I think there is a secret to keeping a steam iron tip-top, though.
You have to empty the water chamber between uses, and ONLY fill when
the iron is cold, as the instruction booklet recommends. My Rowenta
spits all over everything if I forget that salient point.
Also, my model uses only tap water--no filtered or delicate liquids
needed. Never had a problem with scale or mineral buildup.
I keep an old heavy GE dry iron for pressing counter edges on, stuff
like that, so that iron has moved into the 'general tool' category.
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