The quilters on Twitter (we call ourselves “Twilters”) will be the first to tell you – I’m a bad influence. I find good deals on quilting stuff and share the info immediately. This cordless iron was one such deal that I found and several of us purchased one. I mainly wanted to see if a cordless iron would be useful with my melt and blend crayon classes since the cord does get in the way sometimes. I’ve been using the iron for over two months now so I think I’m ready to give it a review. Surprisingly enough, I’ve quickly found it’s become my main iron that I keep by my sewing machine.
The iron sits in a caddy and you have to think of the caddy as “homebase”. When you aren’t using it it needs to be returned back home so that it keeps its temperature. The base doesn’t take up much room and it isn’t difficult to put the iron on it or take it off. The iron does sit upright like a regular iron if you need to put it down for a second before using it again though so you don’t have to worry about it falling over when it’s propped upright.
There aren’t a wide range of temperature settings but being that I mainly deal with quilting cotton I always have it set on “high”. It does have an automatic shutoff after a certain amount of time which I don’t mind since I do forget about things once I turn them on sometimes so it’s kind of nice. It will hold its temperature for a while before you stick it back in the base for a quick reheating.
One of the coolest things about this iron – it comes with it’s own carrying case. The lid is heat resistant so you can pack up and go right away without having to wait for the iron to cool off. Great for retreats, classes and sew days. The cover is VERY sturdy too.
I mainly use the iron dry since I put Magic Sizing in everything but it has a variety of steam options and the water tank is completely removable so you can add water easily. Overall I’d recommend the iron – I think it’s a great buy for a quilter or sewer!
** This product was purchased with my own money and was not solicited or sponsored in any way by Panasonic.