Let me start out by saying I HATE ironing….quite ironic for someone who sews as much as I do. I see ironing as an evil necessity of my craft – ask me if I iron my clothes…ha….my idea of ironing is take it out of the dryer when warm and shake! Unfortunately, that method doesn’t work for sewing.
So, when I started my business I invested in a nice Rowenta Professional Iron. And, I have to say, as far as irons go, it’s real nice……however……have you ever spent time ironing interfacing on anything? It takes a long time…..and when you use as much interfacing as I do (I buy it in 250yd rolls), it becomes extremely tedious (ask my husband who gets to share the workload at night).
So, after several months of doing this, I thought there must be an easier way. I started researching and found a wonderful gadget that I never knew existed – a steam press! I believe I read about steam presses on a forum post somewhere. I started researching immediately.
After much reading, I decided on the Singer Steam Press and from the moment I ordered it from Amazon.com, I wondered if it could perform the tasks I needed it to.
Well, let me tell you, from the moment I took it out of the box this little baby did not disappoint. It is 14 – yes 14 times the size of a regular iron. It holds 300ml of water that somehow doesn’t disappear as quickly as in my Rowenta, has a simple button to push for instant steam and locks down and notifies you in 10 seconds (exactly how long I need for my interfacing to bond).
I LOVE my steam press. Is it the end-all-be-all? Almost – a professional steam press would be the only thing better, however that would never fit in my house, nor could I afford it.
My Singer has cut my ironing time in half and made me and my husband very happy to gain a little extra time back (at least when the kids are asleep).
Best part, it does a beautiful job of ironing pants and dress shirts! And don’t worry, my Rowenta isn’t feeling abandoned. I still use it faithfully for the detail work that the steam press isn’t appropriate for (seams, bias tape and such) but when it comes to large item pressing and adhering interfacing my Singer is busy.