I’ve been a really good girl and managed to make some savings in the past few months, must be all those clothes I’m not buying – oh wait, I spent that on fabric already *blushes in embarrassment*. Anyway, last month I was pressing a silk blouse and my otherwise fairly ok iron, a Tefal, spat out hot water like the devil and left a fab imprint of watermarks in the shape of iron holes. So this made me think I should maybe look for a new iron, or, even better, a steam generator iron, otherwise know as a pressure (or boiler) iron.
I initiated the research, as you do, and came off more confused than I started. I mean, these things are beasts, with massive boiler tanks, plus we are talking some completely different things to look for, like grams/minute (that’s steam), bars (for boiler pressure) etc. Also, all the reviews talk about everyday ironing, and how great and easy it is to get through piles and piles of laundry in half the time. This is of course great, but I want to know how the beast performs in sewing situations, which are effectively short bursts of steam in specific places, so quite pinpointed, but also needs to handle sticking on interface etc. Also, they must absolutely not leak, they must heat up quickly, ideally have an auto-off function and a decalc, but that’s a nice to have.
I have used a few industrial ones and I loved them, but they are both out of my budget (£300 and over) and they are much bulkier than I have space for. Also, they tend to be the type that you have to wait to get pressurised and you can’t open to top up until they cool down. My budget is a max on £150, and ideally, would be good for it to be a brand that has good UK customer service
However, I love the look of industrial ones, with the cork handle and I feel a bit put off by the modern looking ones that look effectively like a regular iron. I know, idiosyncrasies… I was looking at this one. It’s a brand called Polti, apparently a very well known Italian brand (made in Europe is also appealing).
As with most sewing related dilemmas, I’m turning to the sewosphere for advice. Have you got a pressure steam iron? Are you happy with it? If not, why not? Any brands you can recommend more than others? Any other things I need to watch out for? Have you owned a Polti? Would you recommend it
Thank you loads!!