Help me improve my ironing technique
April 3, 2012 9:13 AM Subscribe
Clothes lovers and metafilter others, help me find a better iron or come up with an alternative.
posted by foxy_hedgehog to clothing, beauty, & fashion (17 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have a cheapo iron that is falling short of the mark. It is basically fine for getting the most glaring wrinkles out cotton shirts, but is really ineffective on mixed fabrics or silk (I find this puzzling since the non-cotton fabrics don't require as much heat, and you would think that the problem with a cheaply made iron is that it wouldn't get hot enough). I'm tired of having to pay a dry cleaner to get wrinkles out properly, and wonder if
a) I'm doin' it wrong. My ironing technique, that is. Current procedure is to hang stuff up to dry as soon as the wash cycle is finished and to use copious amounts of steam while ironing.
b) A higher-quality iron would solve my problems (suggestions welcome and encouraged)
c) I need a different kind of equipment. I'd hate to start using a steamer- they seem cumbersome and require a chunk of time for the water to heat properly- but if they are more effective than an iron perhaps I just need to suck it up and get one.
Thank you for your advice!