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My old Classic B&D has been knocked off the table many times, on hard tile floor, and still works great. It's the one I take to classes and toss in the trunk of the car. I use the Reliable iron for steam and I have a dry iron that works the best when using starching and for fusing. Just like machines, I have an iron for different pressings.
I recently bought a digital Black & Decker iron....$40........I used a 20% off coupon and Bed, Bath and Beyond and got $8 off of that. I love it and so far, have not had any leaking problem.
I have had good luck with my Sunbeam Steam Master. The model that I got has a retractable cord which has kept it on
the ironing board with the falling off accidents. It also turns itself off after about 15 minutes.
An iron won't leak if you don't put any water in it. ..........LOL
I keep a mister bottle handy when I need to iron anything.
Everyone is born right handed, only the gifted overcome it.
I have already committed my felonies, so people don't have to worry. (Russell Means)
I swear to you, I am guilty of only being Indian. That's why I am here. (Leonard Peltier)
In a word------NO!!!!!!!!
I had one of those $100 irons which was expensive for me. Leaked like a seive. Bought one a Wal-Mart and happy with it. Then I was in Wear & Share, bought a haf size iron for $2 and now I have one just the right size for quilting no leaks.
Stay away from the Rowenta Irons. They will all leak eventually. I finally got smart and bought a cheap iron at Walmart and it has already lasted longer than my last three Rowenta irons!
Thank you all for your comments on the iron. I was going to break down and buy myself a "good" meaning expensive iron but now I think I'm just going to keep my old Black and Decker since it doesn't leak and spend that money on buying more material for a quilt.