Early December 2008, my faithful iron of 5 (five) years died on me. It did not exhibit the common symptoms of a dying iron such as leakage, but a straight, kick the bucket sort of thing. It started to smoke and smell awful. A sure sign of "pull the plug" and do it quickly. So off I went to shop for a new iron in small town USA. A quilter has got to have her iron!
Shopping for an iron was an all day affair for me. It's not the purchasing that takes time but the travelling from one store to another, hoping to find different models. I was wrong, stores around my area all carry the same models and not much of a selection. sigh! The only difference were the prices.
What I look for in an iron is weight, no auto shut off, which is non existent and cost.
Meet my new POS - Shark Intelligent Electronic Iron model GI405Z!
I love the blue color!
The fake chrome handle is a tad tacky in real life, looks good in pictures though!
An attractive feature of this iron is the enclosed sole plate. My old iron had a space between the sole plate and the body of the iron; dust would often collect and sometimes fall off , dirtying my fabric.
As I typed the product detail "intelligent Electronic Iron" it dawned on me that a bell should have gone off .... but I digress.
According to the instructions, the auto shut off turns off between 7 - 10 minutes. To me, it feels more like 3 - 5 minutes. Not only that, but to turn it back on I've got to shake it to death! lol I mean, I can't just press the ON button but I've got to do this dance.... and if it's full of water..........
It's driving me nuts! I'm now stressing to make sure my iron doesn't auto turn off! It's such a chore to turn it back on. If it's so intelligent, it should know that I don't want it to turn off! lol
My old iron, may it rest in piece, I would just press the ON/setting buttons to turn it back on. This supposedly "intelligent" one doesn't work that way. I must shake it before I can play with any buttons. I can't even turn it off with it's own button for crying out LOUD! Even if I turn my power bar off and turn it back on a couple of days later, I've got to shake the darn thing!!!!!! Merely plugging it in activates the auto shut off feature!
I just cannot stand an appliance that thinks it knows what's best for me! Oh and we won't even talk about computers and Microsoft! lol
Don't even bother checking Shark's web site for information. It offers no information that I'm looking for! lol
In all fairness, this iron would be good for people who only iron clothes with it. It's definitely not a quilter's iron.
Stephen inherits my old irons when they start to leak. I just cannot wait to pass on my "intelligent" iron to him.
Next time, I'm looking for a dumb iron! ;o)