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    Senior Member vanginney's Avatar
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    Iron confusion

    I cant decide between an Olisa, Rowenta Eco intelligence or the retro look of the Vermont County Store dry iron. Taking suggestions. My current iron is from 1992! And is done for.

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    I love my Rowenta, and if it ever dies will get another one
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    I love my Olisso and wouldn't have another.

    The reasons I love it .....

    It STAYS hot!! I have never waited for my iron to get hot while using it a long time to iron yardage.
    Looooong cord ... 12'.
    Looooong shut off ... 30 minutes!!!
    Nice sole plate ... nothing sticks. I wipe it with a damp cloth every now and then (every 3-4 months I guess) but it really doesn't need it.

    The 'feet' are a bonus, and I admit to turning them off most of the time when I'm just pressing blocks or ironing small pieces of fabric. The only time I turn the feet on is if I need the full width of my board to iron yardage and I then have to rest my iron somewhere else ... like my cutting table. At that time I put the feet on just as a safety caution in case it tips (which it never has).

    There are only two things I don't like about it.
    Because I leave the feet off, sometimes the front foot will "fall" a little and catch an edge of my fabric. If this happens I turn the feet on, let go of the iron so the feet come down, then turn the feet off again so they go back in - and this time the front foot will completely recess back into its hole.
    Price ... sure I'd love to spend less on an iron, but I would pay it again if I had to.

    note: I don't use steam so I can't comment on that feature.
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    Which model of Olisa did you buy. The yellow? Or blue?

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    I agree with DogHouseMom. Mine is blue. I have had for several years and I always use the steam. It is well worth the investment!

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    I like Reliable brand if you use a lot of steam. I use a dry iron for most of my quilt pressing because I starch heavy and that gives enough steam. For a reasonable priced iron that works great the Black and Decker Classic is a good choice.
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    i have a kenmore steam iron. works for me.. auto shut off..lcd light and temp control.
    ​debra

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    Rowentas are notorious for leaking.
    Savers (a thrift store) has a few and I bought one for 6 dollars. It leaks and as a dry iron it dosnt get hot enough.

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    If you buy a Rowenta check the box. Buy the one that says Made in Germany. If it says Made in China, put it back on the shelf. Rowenta was sold and now being made in China. There are still German made Rowenta left so look for them. I know Tuesday Mornings have the German made ones.
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    Like my Oliso. Took a while to get used to the feet coming down, but my right arm is weak and I love not having to lift the iron as much. I too have trouble occasionally witjh the front foot staying out and catching the fabric, but not too bad. I tried a friends Rowenta and that iron was HEAVY, only comment I had on that. As for price, I have the blue one and I found it on ebay for $60 which is almost half what they are at Joannes. Of course a 40% coupon could help that, too.
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