I am anal and hate creased clothes even more than I hate ironing. Actually I have to admit that I iron my sheets too. I think it is probably normal to iron pillow cases, but I don't like crumpled sheets, and I like to see my linen closet neat and tidy and I know I can fit more into it if the sheets have been ironed and folded.
|My old iron with the offending cable|
So, even though the iron is still in perfect working order, I decided it was time to get a newer, better, model. I justified this extravagance based on the fact that I can relegate the old iron to my embroidery table, and use it for iron on stabilizer and occasionally ironing creases out of items about to be embroidered.
The cordless iron was just irritating, if you didn't replace it in its base regularly it cooled down and not only ceased to function properly, it dripped water everywhere.
The latest purchase made me stop and think. I did some searches on the Internet and started to see remarks about 'auto switch' and 'wattage'. My iron has an auto switch though I didn't know it when I bought it, and that function has proved useful. I am an early riser and so normally do my ironing at about 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, hence distractions are almost non existent, but I have occasionally used the iron during more civilized hours and then, if I am distracted by the phone, or something else, I discovered that my iron had shut itself off. I decided I liked that and would be sure to have it in my new iron.
I am embarrassed to say it never occurred to me that irons would come in different wattage - I suppose if I had giving it any thought I would have realized there was a good reason for the wide variation in prices. And I am aware that the higher the wattage the more effective the iron will be. So that became another of my 'must have' items.
Problem in the design of this board is that there is a small space between this extension and the ironing surface, just the right size for the iron's cord to get caught in.
I have struggled with this for too long and decided I had to come up with something to prevent this happening. I remembered way back in the past, having a flex holder. It was a flexible arm with a loop at the top to thread the flex through, and a clamp at the bottom to hold it to the side of the ironing board.
I will look for one, but I wanted an immediate solution to protect the cable from being damaged so I came up with this (see photo on right) it is the outer ring of a very small embroidery hoop and works so well I might not need to buy anything else.