It seems like every year it takes a fair amount of time after the holidays before things return to normal around here... There are many decorations to put away, gifts to find places for, and inevitably I have a mess to clean up in my sewing room from sewing last minute gifts. And also, this very important guy just turned 10 a few weeks ago! (my oldest son, Jon).
One of the things I received this year for Christmas was a new iron. My old iron was ok, but I put it up in our bedroom for ironing clothes and will keep this new one downstairs in my sewing room. It is a SINGER Expert Finish 1700 Watt Steam Iron. There are so many wonderful irons to choose from now: the cute Oliso irons (but I just couldn't get over the foot thing), the cordless Panasonic (that some of the reviews said weren't very hot) and the Rowentas that everyone seems to either love or hate passionately. I wanted something that was a bit lower in price point and this one was recommended by Consumer Reports, so this is what I picked and my husband got. It is has 1700 watts which is comparable to the more expensive models and several settings...and gets very hot. I haven't done any large projects yet, but so far it gets a thumbs up.
And of course, a new iron meant that I had to spiff up my ironing board. It hadn't been that long since I covered mine but let me assure you it was rather nasty...so I kept the patchwork strip and replaced the rest of the body of the cover. So now I'm all set, ready to sew and ready to press!