Studio Friday: Studio Indulgences

"What can't you live without in your studio?"—Naomi

When I think of indulgence I think of things that are a little too expensive, things that when you buy them you almost feel a bit guilty for having done so. Like Godiva chocolates at $40 a pound—heavenly, but not something you'd buy for your everyday chocolate fix.

Sometimes you spend a lot on a piece of equipment—enough that you'd call it an indulgence—and it turns out to be a smart decision in the end. Take my Rowenta Professional iron. I think I paid around $100 for this, and that was with a coupon. That's a lot of money for an iron, but I've gone through at least three other brands in the past few years and it seemed better to buy one $100 iron than several $40 ones.


I'm probably not your ordinary iron user—someone who irons (maybe) once a week and puts it away in the closet until next time. I use my iron every day and sometimes it's turned on for hours and hours. You could say I'm hard on irons. So, I really needed a good one.

I have a love/hate relationship with Rowenta. I had one of their first irons years ago and loved it. I have a funny story about when I bought it, too. I went to a local department store and when I was checking out, the saleswoman said to me "You know, you can bring this back if you get home and your husband says you spent too much on an iron." I thought that was kind of funny since I'm generally more thrifty than he is. And what a sexist comment!

That iron lasted for several years and I replaced it with another Rowenta that didn't. Then another that died after a month and died dramatically in a burst of flames and smoke. Oh, dear. That's when I started trying other brands. And that was worse. They didn't generate enough steam or get hot enough—no wonder people think ironing is a chore to be avoided at all costs. I finally splurged and bought the professional model.

So, was it really an indulgence? Perhaps not. But there's always chocolate. And craft books!

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Anonymous said...

I LOVE my Rowenta! I don't iron very often but when I do I dont want to be even more annoyed than I already am (Because I have to iron in the first place). Everyone in my familt owns one and we all swear by them. I definitely think it was a necessity!

Anonymous said...

I'm on my second Rowenta (and only because one of my children used a screwdriver on the previous one) and share the love. I was recently looking into professional industrial irons, and just couldn't justify it just yet - especially when there is nothing wrong with the one I have. AND, believe it or not, I *just* started using the steam - I don't know how I managed before. I was totally intimidated by it, but it makes all the difference.

Lisa Braithwaite said...

I don't have a Rowenta, but I do iron every day. I'm one of those crazy people whose clothes are all cotton and linen, and everything I own comes out of the wash in wrinkles. I don't know how I would live without my trusty iron!

Anonymous said...

I too love Rowenta irons. I use an iron as much as you do, and Rowentas last forever (barring little accidents like you experienced!)

Anonymous said...

I use my iron a lot too for fabrics and all else...even paper...but it is hard on the iron so my solution is to pick up extras at the thrift sale. Lots of people are giving away their irons these days. They almost always work and once you figure out how hot it runs and what it can do, you can use one for delicate fabrics and another for art techniques that tend to ruin a good iron. Recycle-reuse!