Cheap Frills

17 thoughts on “Cheap Frills”

  1. Good call about not risking your great skirt bits with the dubious iron–how disappointing that a metal thing that heats is combined with a plastic thing that melts. I thought they had figured out the technology, or at least not to do that, long ago–

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  2. I feel the pain every time I have to use a shoddy iron (mostly in hotel rooms, and when visiting people who don’t sew). No wonder people think they don’t like ironing! I’m not crazy about it, but at least I know that it can be very satisfying with proper tools.

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    1. I’ve never had a posh iron, but I do like one with a long cord, sizeable plate, some good weight to it, and LOTS of steam at the press of a button. This one just sputters water then lamely sighs some steam out like a dying dragon


  3. Oh, haven’t we all bounced our irons (and turned them on carefully afterwards expecting a big bang). The replacement you have sounds decidedly dodgy.
    I hadn’t given any thought to how much fine hemming was in that skirt. Yikes! Definitely something to do with a reliable iron – you really don’t want to repeat any of that!


      1. Ooh no. I feel your pain! An iron with a plastic thingy that melts perhaps isn’t that unusual. I’ve met melting ironing board covers. Irons with huge water reservoirs are good. You can a heck of a lot of steam from those.

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  4. My Black and Decker iron is a tough, weighty, mostly metal thing. My only complaint about it is you can’t see how much water is left in the reservoir but it’s not that much of an inconvenience.

    And pattern matching? Who has time for that? I try to match plaids. Everything else I usually just let the flowers (or whatever) fall where they may.

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