We Have a New Iron

Last week I ordered an iron for Charlie to make pressing his dress shirts easier for whichever one of us does it.

We used to have 2 irons see storage above ironing board) until one stopped working.
We used to have 2 irons (see storage above ironing board) until one stopped working.

For years we’ve been using my mother’s old Rowenta iron (on the right above) after our old iron stopped working.

I often use my full-size ironing board when I'm sewing or have a major pressing project.
I often use my full-size ironing board when I’m sewing or have a major pressing project.

The steam option on the Rowenta doesn’t work and the temperature is difficult to set accurately. I often opt for a damp pressing cloth (on the ironing board above) which is not always easy to maneuver.  (Very important for a novice ironer like Charlie.)

The highest rated "Best Buy" by Consumer Guides is the T-Fal Ultraglide which cost me about $45.
The highest rated “Best Buy” by Consumer Guides is the T-Fal Ultraglide which cost me about $45 ($47.69 with tax).

So since I was considering an iron for an anniversary gift I went to Consumer Guides and checked out their recommendations for irons.

The instructions are in extensive pictograms.
The instructions are in extensive pictograms.

The iron was delivered and we gave it a whirl on some wrinkled clothing.

Our old Rowenta is on the left and the larger T-Fal on the right.
Our old Rowenta is on the left and the larger T-Fal on the right.

It should be very helpful when I get back to finishing the living room curtains.

The water reservoir fills easily from the tap. The instructions warn not to use any other water.
The water reservoir fills easily from the tap by holding the iron horizontal. The instructions warn not to use any other water.

Why haven’t I had steam all these years?

What one appliance would you like to upgrade in your home?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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