Having proper, good quality tools always makes the job of a crafter much easier. Certainly in this time of fast moving, hi-tech innovation it’s good to see even every day household products benefiting from this movement.
A good example of this innovation is Panasonic’s NI-L70SR steam iron. An attractive iron with lots of features, its best selling point is the elimination of one of the most aggravating aspects of ironing, the cord. Whether working with garments, sewing/quilting or craft projects, the length of the cord determined where you could use your iron and even how you were able to use it. This full size cordless product not only allows you more flexibility with location, it makes it easy to maneuver around a project without constantly rearranging and readjusting it.
However, the lack of cord is not the end of its features. The charging base is designed with a heat resistant cover and a retractable cord, which instantly becomes a sturdy carrying case (even when the iron is still hot). This translucent case is attractive enough to be openly stored in your crafting area instead of hidden in the closet.
As far as typical features for an iron, it is also well equipped. It works for both dry and steam ironing, with 5 oz water capacity in a detachable water tank, spray mist, jet stream, self cleaning capability, electronic temperature control and an automatic shut off (no more worrying about leaving the iron on). In addition, it has an elliptical, stainless steel soleplate which is intended to improve the movement in any direction, and prevent bunching and wrinkling of fabric.
Are there disadvantages? It depends on your perspective. Its list price of $69.99 is quite reasonable for the quality and features of this iron. If you quilt or sew, or iron frequently for whatever reason, it is probably an excellent value. However, if your crafting only demands occasional use of an iron it is probably a little pricey.
For small projects, the convenience of a cordless iron is without question. However, for large ironing projects you will need to frequently return the iron to its base to bring it back to full temperature. While it reheats within seconds, you will need to balance the possible inconvenience of reheating against all of the positive features.
Overall, though, the Panasonic N1-L70SR iron was a pleasure to use and a good addition to a crafting tool chest.
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