A tale of two irons.

5 Apr

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times in the sewing room.  It was the age of many sewing projects, the age of ironing a lot.  And I recently learned that I was doing it all wrong.

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Say hello to Vintage Sunbeam.  She comes with this awesome wrapped blue cord.  It’s the cord that sold me on it.  I stole borrowed it from the boyfriend who had scored it for $2 at Goodwill.  (In exchange, I gave him my newer, steam-impaired Sunbeam to use the one time a year he uses an iron.)

Vintage Sunbeam and I.  We were happy together.  Ironing wrinkles and folds.  Ironing sewn seams.  We were a happy pair … but, it turns out, only because of my limited iron knowledge.  I didn’t know how much better I could do.

My friend, Sabrina, opened my eyes.  She had bought a new iron.  She researched and landed on a Rowenta … with 300 holes on the plate.  300 holes!  I witnessed its power and steam, I went home, and I counted the holes on Vintage Sunbeam’s plate.  36.  36 holes.  My face fell in disappointment.  The seed of discord had been planted; our relationship only went downhill after that.

I bought new curtains for my bedroom.  Clearance $6 curtains.  (Target aisle-end-cap score!)  I wanted to iron them and hang them up as soon as I could.   But I soon learned that Vintage Sunbeam wasn’t up to the task.  Try as she might, she couldn’t adequately iron the folds out of the curtain.  I had to wash them and let the dryer do the work.IMG_5441

From that point, it was over.  We had to break up.  I needed a new iron in my life.  And it was only after a new 300-hole iron arrived in the sewing room that I realized ironing didn’t have to be so hard!  With Vintage Sunbeam, it was work to iron.  With Shiny New Rowenta, it’s a breeze.  (Can you see all the holes?!  >>>>>)

My relationship with Vintage Sunbeam was no longer making me happy.  She still sits in the sewing room because she’s pretty.  But as long as Shiny New Rowenta is working, she will be the one on the ironing table.  I am hopeful that our relationship will be long and happy.

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2 Responses to “A tale of two irons.”

  1. Sabrina April 5, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    I’m sorry I brought this discord into your life, but glad you have found happiness with 300 holes of awesomeness!!

    • Lindsay April 5, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

      Oh, no need to apologize! I’m very happy with my 300 holes – and that wouldn’t have happened were it not for your 300 holes of awesomeness! So really – thank you. 🙂

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