How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
- Stainless steel soleplate glides over the fabric.
- A nice heavy feel in the hand.
- Digital settings from 1 to 7 for different types of fabric. The guide is printed on the iron.
- Auto-shutoff. A controversial feature for many quilters. A must have for me. I’m just too bad about leaving an iron on. Also, when I sew for days at a time, I feel like that’s too long to leave a household iron heated up.
- The digital read out displays when the iron has reached the selected temperature setting. It also emits a small beep. LOVIN’ the beep. I can work on other sewing tasks while it’s heating and then be reminded that it’s ready to go. It also beeps when it goes off. If I know I’m going to need the iron in a short while I just shake it to make sure it stays on.
- It heats up really fast.
- Powerful steam. Another must have feature for me.
I’m so incredibly happy with my new Black & Decker Digital Advantage D2030 (updated 12/2/09: I just received an e-mail from a reader, that link to Amazon shows this iron selling for $199!!! When I search it appears to be out of stock everywhere, not sure what’s going on, if you find one locally buy it!) A HUGE thank you to those of you that helped with my iron selection paralysis. Stephanie of Loft Creations received an amazingly useful set of comments about irons which Michele from Calico Daisy also pointed me to. Nichole and Samantha both mentioned the Black & Decker Digital Advantage.
Oh yeah, the iron is only $29.99. Cheap enough I’m not going to stress over how long it will last. Bye, bye $100 leaky irons!