I was sewing when I heard the strange hissing sound, then saw the brown smoke coming off the tip of my iron. It can’t be, I said out loud. The iron is only a couple of months old. I held horizontally, like the directions said and pressed the cleaning switch. Some noise, but no water, no steam. At least there was no more brown smoke. Then I saw that the green light indicating that iron is on was not on. I brought it into the house and tried it again over the sink. When it started to get cold, I was just grateful I didn’t get any of that brown gunk on the hankie I was ironing just before the iron died. Because it wasn’t just any hankie, it was Suzy’s duckie hankie from when she was a kid. I finally got to making her scarf, the one we did a trade for (she spun Sock’s wool and made me a hat using it) and now I didn’t have an iron.
Instead of running to the KMart in Greenwich and buying what ever I thought looked and felt good, this time I went online and did some iron research. It seems that most of the quilters mentioned the Rowenta (I had no idea there were so many different irons out there) and when I saw a picture of a couple of different models, I wanted one. Not only did it look cool, but it had a great name, and I saw myself gaining legitimacy by owning such a tool. This is the type of iron a professional uses. I’d get the $90 version, more than I ever spent on an iron and a lot less than the most expensive model.
But as I read about it in reviews and on quilters sites, I became disillusioned. Yeah, some people loved it, but it had its problems. Mostly with steaming and leaking water and yes, brown gunk. As I searched further, hoping to disprove what I wanted to be untrue rumors about the Rowenta, I noticed I kept seeing, amongst the long rambling personal accounts with the Rowenta, simple messages about the durability and dependability of Black and Decker irons. I tried to ignore them, favoring the exotic Rowenta, but they wouldn’t go away. And the more I looked the more I found them.
I was drawn to the old looking black and silver iron, the kind we had when I was a kid, (hoping it would be of the same quality) but the D2030 digital on/off for around $40 seemed to better suit my purposes. I ordered it next day delivery from Amazon so I can get back to work. I’ll use bottled water instead of our tap, which is hard water ( I read on several sites many different things about the type of water to use and decided bottled is best) and continue to clean it regularly. And I’ll see what happens. I don’t expect an iron to last forever, not the way I use them, but it would be nice if they lasted more than a few months. I’ll let you know how my Black and Decker does.