Friday, July 17, 2009

Irons--What I Had, Have & Want


Ironing--rather boring don't you think (but I do love this vintage photo!). While it may be no fun to do, it's even less fun to wear wrinkledy clothes and I am an ironer and my poor old iron finally died.


See it just came apart at the seams and I have no idea how. I didn't do it and no one in the house is fessing up to it. Hmm.......

So what's a girl to do?........

Well I did have a few other irons.......



...nothing special, but this old travel iron won't do. It has no steam and gets really, really hot, so it would probably scorch my clothes! And besides it's doing decorating duty......



....Then there's my itty bitty, barely 4 inches long really cool little iron that I use for quilting. It's great for quilting, but just how long would it take to iron an entire blouse or dress?.........



...or there's my little Clover quilting iron with the nifty changeable heads, but that would really never do! I would be better off tossing my wrinkled clothes into the dryer and baking them wrinkle free........




...and then there's this.....the Proctor Silex $16.00 iron that came home with me from Big Lots. It will do. It's big enough, it gets hot, but not too hot and it has steam and multiple settings. Good for a cheapy iron that will probably last a year or two if I'm lucky, but I'm not complaining---til it dies right in the middle of ironing my favorite dress!..................



AND then! There is This! The Black & Decker F63E! This is what I want! I had one just like it that my mother gave to me in 1981 as a bridal shower gift and I used it a good 20 years or more before it gave out and went to iron heaven. Nope it's not fancy. It's not a Rowenta, but it's a good, solid, heavy duty, working iron that lasts and lasts the way an iron should. Yup, this is what I want. See I really am a simple girl. LOL!

6 comments:

Pam said...

Ironically, I just did a blog post about an iron too! Just got this one and I LOVE it!
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MT519O/ref=ox_ya_oh_product

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Finding the right iron hasn't been easy for me! But once I find one, I make it last a long long time! I also have my mother's old ironing board from the 1940's. Haven't done anything creative with it, but keep it safe until I figure out what to do with it. I learned to iron on it when I was a girl and I love it!

The Rustic Victorian said...

What a fun post. I recently got a new iron...they all looked so weird at first. It has been a long time since I had to shop for one,,over 20 years. I do love to iron really I do. My ironing board is very old and and I would really miss it if it died...well,,we dont want to think of that.....now vaccumes,,,well dont get me started!
Hahaha!
Marcie

Deena Davis said...

I don't even know where my ironing board is. Probably under the bed... with the iron. LOL I hope you're able to find the one you're looking for. My mom used to have one like you're wanting.

Gayle said...

Hey Cathy - Don't waste your money on a Rowenta - I've bought THREE of them and they all were horrible! I have a thrift store iron that's a work horse and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful vintage graphics. I've been in heaven here just peeking around...

I've had Rowenta irons for years. It is sort of investment but they REALLY last and make ironing so much easier. Every so often Joann's will let you use a coupon. You have to watch for the little disclaimer to be missing on the bottom.

Have a wonderful week and thank you again!

Blessings,
Spencer