Best Little Iron on the Block
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Quilters all have their favorite irons. I’ve tried the fancy big irons, but honestly they are so heavy! Especially if you have water involved. My wrists just can’t handle it. I have tendinitis that flares up if I get too crazy with the use of heavy and repetitive motions.
So for the past 5 years I’ve been using this little bitty iron. If you want an iron that gets hot and stays hot and it isn’t too heavy to use for hours on end this is the winner. Steam Fast travel iron.
It is also a good learning iron if you have kids who have shirts to press. Please tell me you still teach your kids how to iron. In college I had a friend who called with an emergency! I ran right over to his dorm and there he stood in a stopper having no idea how to iron his shirt for work. The guy was 19 years old and had never used an iron. Ever. Bless his mom who did it all for him all through his life.
Surprisingly I don’t typically put water in the iron, I prefer to use a spray bottle. Too many years in places with hard water made this a habit. Spraying it on separately means you don’t have to have distilled water - who ever has that on hand! I just reuse a spray bottle from the Pink Grapefruit Method cleaners I buy, they have a fine mist and are always on hand. Plus since the cleaner is earth friendly it doesn’t leave a residue or smell in the sprayer.
Looking for the difference between pressing & ironing? Check out Plan to Quilt volume 3. There is a whole reference page in the back that explains it.