I was recently contacted by Panasonic to see if I would like to participate in their “Keep Calm Press On” challenge, including the Panasonic 360 Freestyle cordless iron. I was excited to participate, particularly because I loved the thought trying out a cordless iron.
I’d been wanting to make another one of Anna’s Divided Baskets and felt like this would be a great project for experimenting with a new iron.
Pros: First of all, it’s cordless! No cords to get tangled around projects or ironing board legs. The unique shape with points at both ends, plus the freedom of not having a cord to work around, means that the iron can get into some tighter, more awkward spots than a traditional iron. (This is the reason I chose to experiment with the Panasonic 360 while making a structured, shaped item, as sometimes bag shapes are a little trickier.)
The iron itself is sleek and beautiful. It’s made of substance so it feels weighty and solid in your hand, but not heavy, and the stainless steel plate glides beautifully.
Steam: When I make a Divided basket, I like to use fusible Peltex 71F because it gives the basket great shape and stability. The instructions with the fusible Peltex suggest using a damp presser cloth to help the Peltex really fuse to the exterior fabric. I found that using the Panasonic cordless iron on it’s highest steam setting helped the Peltex fuse great without the need of a damp presser cloth. (But be sure if you’re using it on it’s highest setting, you only press on the cotton-fabric side. I did press the Peltex lightly in place on a lower setting so that it would be set in place before I flipped it over to the fabric side.)
Another nice feature is that you can take the iron and use it to steam vertically. I used it to help get the crease marks out of some new curtains.
If you prefer a scorching hot dry iron, you may wish this one got a little hotter, but if you prefer to work with steam, then I think you’d love this iron. It even worked well with the heavier canvas and decor-weight cottons I was working with.
One more ‘pro’ of the Panasonic cordless iron is that it comes in a nifty, self-contained carrying case, making it easily portable without having to worry about any cords (the cord itself is retractable and stores nicely inside the base.) If you’re frequently on the go with your iron to retreats, etc, than this is a really handy feature!
I will admit the trade-offs for the convenience of a cordless iron take a little bit of getting used to. First of all, you must keep the iron charging-base close by because you can’t just set the iron down on it’s own. Because both ends have a point (hence the 360 name) you can’t simply rest the iron on it’s end. It must go into the base itself when you set it down- which is not a bad thing as it keeps the iron hot.
The base takes up some room, but you can easily keep it close by your pressing station (which I do since I usually use my portable pressing table.) It would also work fine on the end of your ironing board. At first it takes some getting used to, but once it becomes a habit, it’s no different than getting used to any other new ironing process.
Since I was making the Divided Basket as a gift for my sister who had a baby not long ago, I decided to also use the World’s Easiest Burp Cloth tutorial to make a few new burp cloths to coordinate with the basket. (Since it’s baby number 3, you know fresh burp rags will come in handy.)
I used stash fabrics for this basket and burp-clothes. The birch print as well as three of the burp-cloth prints are from a Riley Blake collection called Mod Studio. The numbers canvas is from Sweetwater’s Reunion collection and the grey-and-white gingham is from Ikea.
Today, Panasonic is offering to giveaway a cordless 360 Freestyle iron to one of you readers! Fancy! To enter share this giveaway and leave a comment for each share saying how you did it. You can share via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (including retweet, share or re-gram) or Pinterest (pin one of the images from this post and leave a link to your pin in the comments below.) Use the hashtag #keepcalmpresson in your sharing so that I can see your shares. Best of luck!
Giveaway closes Friday, October 17 at midnight, MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED
WOW! Thanks for all the sharing. It was so hard to pick a winner for this one – I wish I had Irons for everyone! The WINNER is: