So…..I wanted a new iron for Christmas. Right before the holiday there were many discussions on the Quiltart list about them. The general consensus was that the most expensive ones didn’t last and people talked about replacing them on a regular basis. I won’t mention brands but you can guess which ones I’m talking about.
So I picked out and DH bought me a middle of the road iron for a gift, $60 with a stainless sole plate. 1600 watts of power. Sounds great, right? It lasted long enough to be turned on about 6 times and then it would NOT turn off at all. I had to unplug the thing every time.
Back to the store and I exchanged it for another brand ; 1500 watts with a stainless sole plate. That was January 11. You guessed it….quit working today. This one quit steaming unless I hit the burst of steam.
Back to the store again to get my money back. I came home and dug out my old Black and Decker. Great heat, steams like a charm it just has the annoying habit of turning itself off when it shouldn’t. With any luck it will limp along until the tag sales start in full force and I can buy a drawer full of gently used irons that maybe were made in the USA. The terribly frustrating part about our global economy and all these products made overseas??? This is just my personal opinion…the companies are saving huge dollars farming our work overseas but they aren’t passing anything along to the American consumer except second rate products.