Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Iron troubles

I was sewing up some triangle blocks when I smelled something burning.  I discovered it was my iron dying...I could smell the electrical meltdown!
I am hard on my irons...they always seem to be falling on the floor and getting fusible gunk on them and generally suffering from over-use! So I buy cheap ones and replace them whenever they expire. 
Since I wanted to continue to sew,  I dug out this cute little pink iron I had bought years ago at Joanne's in the US (only $5 with a coupon!) thinking it would be good for mini quilts. But it was a major pain in the @#$! The place where the cord went into the iron was in a very awkward location for pressing and the cord plug kept falling out and the so that went in the garbage with my Black & Decker.
I headed out to Canadian Tire (which is the premier store for tools around here). My husband enjoys Canadian Tire as much as I enjoy quilting stores...he can wonder around in 
there for hours. I purchased a "Shark" iron...never had one of those before. I like the name...let's see how long it lasts with me!

8 comments:

  1. Oh, those irons! Sigh! 'nuf said. LOL

    good luck with new one, Kathy!

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  2. Hope your iron works well, you will have to report back to us.

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  3. I had one for at least 3 years, and it worked very well until I dropped it once too often. You probably used mine at the Crief retreat.

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  4. Love the little triangles. I look forward to seing the finished project.

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  5. Canadian Tire is such a cool store! My current iron is a sunbeam and so far so good, I know I'm pushing my luck saying that. I've worn out so many irons over the years too, Good luck with the shark I've looked at them myself.

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  6. Irons - they can be the bane of a quilter's existence *s* Good luck with your new purchase . . . let us know how it works out.

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  7. We are using a Shark at our monthly sewing sessions. Lots of quilting with different ironing styles. It has worked beautifully for over 6 months. Let's keep our fingers crossed :)

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  8. Kathy, the Shark iron is exactly the one that I just bought! I got tired of my expensive Rowentas only lasting a year or so, because I am also very hard on irons. I just think that $150 a year for an iron is a bit much. So far I am enjoying the Shark, except I get mighty tired of it going off all the time. It's probably much safer, however..... Oh, and the block a day is working well. I am using up a ton of scraps and can now put the lid on the Chip Basket. I think I am going to make a beach/boat bag from the blocks when I have enough. I need a huge bag and the time has come to make one and stop taking three bags to the boat....

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