This is a story about Pressing
2 years ago I replaced my old iron from my college days with a new iron. There was nothing wrong with the old iron but I wanted a new one to go with my new quilting hobby. The old one looked so beat up and I wanted something pretty.
So I found beautiful #1. So white and pretty. She was super light weight and had automatic shutoff so if I forgot to unplug her she would take care of it herself. #1 and I were happy pressing for about a year when sadly, the small children running through the house knocked over the ironing board and her with it. The children were in no danger as #1 wasn't on, however #1 took a beating. She had cracked and no longer could hold water. I tried to stay with her for the next month or so, but how can you press beautiful seams without water??
So, eventually, I secretly replaced her with #2 and set her on the shelf. I didn't want to hurt her feelings by throwing her away. #2 was brought home by my husband, so needless to say, there wasn't a lot of thought in picking #2. He would do the job, but he had no automatic shutoff, and never got to hot. Until one day a month ago, when #1 mentioned to him how much better I liked her than him. Well this blew his top. Suddenly he got super hot!! So hot that he threw sparks across the ironing board and sparks from the wall outlet. Well I don't like it when irons don't play nice, so #2 was immediately taken from his place on the ironing borad and set on the shelf with #1. Now they fight all day about who did the better job.
So without an iron I went in search for the perfect friend to press with. And I found her at Big Lots no less. She was the last one on the shelf and was quite lonely. So I picked her up and brought her home. #3 and I became fast friends. She shuts off when I forget, she gets nice and hot, and she has more surface space so I can press a little more, which always saves me time. She is very considerate but I wish she would lose a few pounds. #3 is a bit heavier than #1 and #2 ever were. But I do like that with her weight comes better pressing. So here is hoping #3 and I have a long friendship in pressing.
But we will have to wait and see, Irons and me seem to have very fickle friendships :) If #3 and I don't get along very well I might have to consider looking for a replacement in the Royal Family of Irons. I hear Oliso is quite the Family name of Pressing!