That seems like it should be such a simple thing. How hard can it be to make an iron that will last a couple of years or more? Of course, I tend to use my irons quite a lot, almost every day in fact. Probably most iron manufacturers don't expect them to get such heavy use. But even the ones marketed directly for quilters aren't much better.
My most recent iron was a Reliable Velocity V100. It was easily both my favorite iron and my most expensive one. Late last year it simply stopped heating up. It lasted the longest of all my irons though at around 21 months. I would love to just buy another one; however, they no longer make this model (which costs $139) and the next one up is of course even more expensive. And if it's not going to last that long, I just don't know if it's worth it.
|Reliable Velocity V100|
In the end, my iron choice came down to practicality. I had a gift card to one of the big box stores and used it to buy a Rowenta Professional Iron. The thing that sold me on it this time is that I was able to purchase a 2 year service plan to go along with it. Since I've never had one last that long, I'm fairly certain I'll be making use of that in the future. It's a nice heavy iron and gets really hot. I wish I could bypass the auto shutoff, but I'll just have to learn to live with it. Considering the iron was free and if it dies anytime in the next 2 years, it's replacement will be free as well, it's a trade off I'm willing to make!
|Rowenta Professional Iron|
I haven't had much to share quilting wise for a while, but I am working on a small project right now that I hope to finish before too long. Right now I'm doing a bit of Diane-shiko.
Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thess. 5:17-18 (NLT)