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Thread: New iron needed

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    New iron needed

    Mine is driving me rather crazy...spits out lots of water; stains my fabric on occasion, does not heat evenly, etc. I asked at a local sewing shop, but their irons are comps given to them by the Singer company and are not for sale since they are made for their customers. Does anyone have any preferred brand or suggestions on a new one? I would appreciate it.

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    I often read the posts about irons and it seems like even the expensive ones have issues. I generally buy cheaper ones and replace them as they go. I could buy 10 irons a year for the equivalent of one of the pricier ones. My next one is going to be the dry iron from Vermont Country Store. No water, no steam holes to drip and it gets good reviews.

    http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/s...Dry_Iron/42277

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    I just bought a new iron because on the old one the auto turn off was spuratic. I really like Rowena irons. The old one lasted about 10 years. Got it at Jo Ann's. This time, I got one from target (middle of the road style/cost) and it was on sale. Some of the dept stores also have them and their coupons/sales really bring the cost down.

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    I have seen that one at the Vermont Country Store and wondered about it!

    Mine is a Rowenta. It is not the top of the line one though, and the steam feature went out about eight months along. It was very disappointing. Perhaps I will lok at the one at Joanne's adn see if they are any better than the one I have. There are many models in the line.

    Thanks to both.
    Last edited by hopflower; 02-07-2013 at 05:44 PM.

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    There are many recent discussions on irons if you use the search function. I ditched my leaky Rowenta for a black and decker digital advantage which I do like a lot.

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    I would like to know too. 2 yrs ago I bought a Shark for $79, was pretty happy with it. A couple of weeks ago it started to shut itself off. It would work if I wiggled the cord a certain way. I never wrapped the cord around the iron, because I had heard that is not good for the cord.

    So, I opened it up to see if there was a loose wire. No loose wires. I never realized that there were so many different wires and connections inside an iron. sheesh!.

    Anyways, after reading comments about people on this board buying cheap irons, I went out and bought a $20 Black & Decker. Big mistake. This iron does not have a cover where you pour in the water, and everytime I set the iron down on its rest, water splashes out the hole. It sputters and spurts. It also seems to "grab" the fabric, it doesn't glide like my shark did. I even tried cleaning the faceplate off.

    I tried to use it as a dry iron on my sheets, but it didn't iron out the wrinkles. I really miss my shark, but I don't want to buy another one, and wind up with the same problem again.

    I am not driving 40 miles to return a $20 iron. I guess I will save it for emergencies, after I buy a new iron. I will be watching this thread too, to see the answers.

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    I have been looking for a new iron. Several I have found need to be unplugged to shut off. They do not have an on/off switch. I know with my memory I would not remember to pull the plug. I will be watching this post as I need one bad. Mine is leaking and spotting also.

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    I have the black and decker classic. It is not expensive and it works great. I am alway tempted by the expensive ones, but do not want to spend that much on an iron. I guess I am just to cheap LOL

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    Makes me remember the comment: all steam irons can be incontinent!

    Personally, I like my Black & Decker. I've had it for years. It wasn't the cheapest one at the store nor the most expensive.
    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
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    I've had expensive ones and cheap ones and they all eventually die. I think quilters use their irons a lot more than normal folks and that's why they die. I now have 4 irons--a Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer for use when I need a lot of steam for big projects, a regular Rowenta Master made in Germany (on recommendation from this board that the ones made in Germany were made better) another smaller Rowenta that got passed down to me when my brother passed (had a crack in the top of it--I guess he dropped it but it's still going strong (also made in Germany) and the Continental mentioned above. I've had them quite a while, I guess they've lasted so long because I alternate using them.
    Bernie

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