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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Iron Pt. 2

Well, the Rowenta is getting packed up and returned.  I filled it with water before reading eveyone's comments about irons lasting longer without water, and have been using it and it leaks!  I believe leaking is the curse of the Rowenta.

I spent time online reading reviews and finally decided on getting one in the $20 range.  If none of them are going to last very long, at least this one won't  cost so much.

This is a Black and Decker "vintage" model.  Maybe the fact that it looks like a good, old one, it will work like a good, old one?  I ordered it online and then later when I had to run to Walmart for something else, I discovered that they carry it!  Do you remember when I disdained Walmart's selection in my first post about this?  At least I was able to see it and handle it.  The tip is maybe not as sharp as I would like, but I love that it is "weighty."  It is also slightly compact--not near as small as a travel iron, but it just feels like it will do a great job.  We'll see.  I will let you know how I like it when it arrives.

Have any of you tried this?  I'd love to hear from you.

I also sat down to email a complaint to JoAnn fabrics about the coupon not being accepted for irons when it didn't list it.  I decided the best thing to do was to list all the things they mentioned to prove that it didn't say "irons" and as I was copying, I discovered the word "irons."  I am now embarrased and despite the fact that there is a 60% off one item coupon right now, I opted not to return so quickly to my local shop!  Luckily there is another not too far away!  Needless to say, I did not send off the email.  (Open mouth, insert foot.)

The lessons learned in this process are so many:
1.  Don't go out when the POTUS is about.
2.  Perhaps you should try the closest store first.
3.  Read the fine print on the coupon CAREFULLY
4.  The more expensive options aren't necessarily the best

And perhaps more important:

5.  Sometimes mundane tasks make for entertaining blog posts.

Have a great day!



  1. I wasn't impressed with my Rowenta. I didn't use the steam option, but the iron just didn't get hot enough for my liking and the adjustment knob was under the handle. I managed to turn it every time I picked up the iron. I, too, bought a Black and Decker and love it.

    Glad you discovered "irons" on the coupon before sending the email. ;oD

  2. I've got my fingers crossed for this new iron! Good luck!

  3. I've had my Rowenta for about 11 years. No problems, I love it. Gook luck with your black and Decker.

  4. I haven't put water in my last two irons. That is why I use so much best press I think. Also, my last two irons were less than $30 each. I got my latest one from costco and It has been working like a charm. The only reason I got that one was because it was a good deal and the bee iron was going out, so my sewing iron was moved to bee iron. I may be the only one that has four irons.... a clothes iron, a bee iron, a sewing iron, and a backup- and not a travel size in the bunch.