Friday, January 29, 2010

Murphy's Law # 56


Just when you feel inspiration to create an adorable new dress... your iron will catch on fire! UGH!!!

That's right...this morning I was all ready to start sewing again after weeks of not touching my machine. I've been so busy getting lesson plans together and organizing my homeschooling ideas that I haven't had time to even go near my machine. Then just this morning inspiration strikes and I have "an idea" and I can't wait to get started on it. I carefully choose my fabric and then go to press it before I start cutting and all of a sudden a flash of fire shoots out from where the cord attaches to the actual iron and a flash of bright light. I nearly jumped out of my skin. Of course my first thought was...."no, don't burn my treasured fabric" It was one I had been saving for a special dress and I would have been crushed if it was ruined. Thankfully, not a mark on it. I immediately unplugged it and put it someplace safe, but darn....now, I can't sew! I will have to wait until this evening when I can run out and get a new one, but of course we have a major snowstorm heading our direction...Oi!

So, the iron that exploded was a Rowenta and in it's defense, it had lived a very full life, but now I am in the market for a new iron. I really liked my Rowenta, but was wondering what your opinions are and if you have any suggestions?

Dawn

5 comments:

Goosegirl said...

DAWN!!! Oh my!!
And a major snow storm! Yikes! I am so glad our snow is melting. I am sick to death of snow, but I know we will have several more storms this year and plenty more snow. yuck.

I am so sorry about your iron.
I had my beloved first Rowenta for 20 years before it bit the dust. I used a basic vintage type Black and Decker for a few years, but it spit and poured out boiling water in very inopportune moments, scalding the daylights out of me.
For Christmas, Don got me a new Rowenta and I am soooooo happy. He got me the DX8900 and I LOVE IT! No spitting, no auto shut-off, big reservoir, not super light but not too heavy either. Perfect!

Can't wait to see the new dress. No sewing for me today as I have to take India to Sacramento for a hospital appt. I will have my cell phone with me for the long drive down the hill if you want to chat.

KarenH said...

Dawn,

I'm so glad you (and your fabric) weren't hurt!
I love the classic heavy metal iron from Black and Decker. I buy them at estate sales mostly but you can buy a modern version of it as well.
Whatever you decide, buy a cheap back up at the same time so you won't be iron-less!!! :)

Jennie said...

I have three classic 1950s heavy weight (2 for back up because I love them so much!), cloth corded irons. This was after going through 2 Rowentas. I picked them up on eBay and etsy and I just LOVE them! They get HOT and are HEAVY! I use them with Best Press. The only real negative is that there is no auto off. I have had to be super aware of that. Of the three brands I own, this one http://cgi.ebay.com/General-Mills-GM-1A-Electric-Clothes-Iron-OB-Vintage_W0QQitemZ370326839034QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5639331efa is my absolute favorite!

April said...

So, what kind did you get? I had to break down and get a Rowenta (I did a long search on reviews on Amazon to make sure of which one I should get.)

Dawn said...

Ole brought me home a new Rowenta last night, and it's a beauty! I've been using it all day today and it's a dream. Thanks for all your suggestions.

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