See this little nifty iron? It is the Panasonic’s Cordless Freestyle Iron. You can read the technical aspects about the iron here.
After using it now for about two weeks, the iron has grown on me. The iron itself being cordless and freestyle means that is heated on a base with a temperature control panel.
One nice thing about the iron being detached when in use is that the base doesn’t have to be necessarily placed on the ironing board if space is an issue.
Without a cord, one can glide the iron in whatever directions one wishes without the restriction of an entangling cord. I find that useful for working with small applique pieces and general piecing.
I also like how the handle feels on my small hands. And it comes in a nice see-through carrying case. I can definitely see this being a bring-to-class iron.
I personally like my iron to be weightier for pressing purposes. I do not use steam when I press my quilt pieces, so the weight of an iron is quite important to me. Somehow I feel like the Panasonic Freestyle 360 iron doesn’t come across as “weighty” as I would personally prefer. I probably wouldn’t use this iron for pressing my quilt backing fabric since the iron isn’t being heated while detached from the base. At this point, I am not sure about what to think about the auto-shutoff feature. I have always had mixed feelings about the auto-shutoff feature with any iron.
Overall all, I had a rather pleasant experience using this Panasonic Freestyle 360 Iron.
SO now I am curious… what do you look for in an iron? What iron do you use for quilting?
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