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Thread: Any opinions on the Continental dry iron?

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    Senior Member Chay's Avatar
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    I've always used a steam iron but I hate the way I always catch the fabric in the holes of the iron and then end up ironing a wrinkle in my fabric or blocks. I saw the Continental dry iron - no steam, no holes and also no automatic off feature which I like. (I have my iron on a power strip and turn off my machine, iron and bendable bright light all at once when I'm done sewing.) Maybe spraying the fabric and using a dry iron is the way to go. Thoughts anyone?

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    I don't know the answer to your question so will watch this post. I do, however, love your avatar.:) Would you mind sharing where you got your pattern?

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    Wow-you described exactly what I'm looking for! I never put water in my iron; I use a spray bottle. I really hate those holes on the bottom for the same reason--it catches. I'm going to Google this iron.

    If you do get it, let me know where and how you like it--I really want this kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    I don't know the answer to your question so will watch this post. I do, however, love your avatar.:) Would you mind sharing where you got your pattern?
    I made up the pattern myself. I saw a shadow quilt like that on Flickr and loved it. I used a charm pack of Robert Kaufman Kona solids - I think it was the "brights" colors. Then I just added a border to each charm using Kona white and Kona grey. If you would like, I can send you the actual measurements. It's a small quilt, maybe about 40" square.

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    Super Member dakotamaid's Avatar
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    Thank you for the info. I'll pm you.

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    For those who have asked, here are the dimensions for the blocks in my avatar. Please note that these are the final dimensions and DO NOT include the 1/4" seam allowance; that would need to be added to each piece. The border is 2" and the finished size is about 40" square.
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    Thanks for sharing ;-)

    oh, and sorry, I don't know about the iron, though I have seen other posts. You might try a search. Thanks again.

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    I have the Continental iron. It works really, really well, and I use it for quilting all the time.

    I am lucky to live by a bunch of "Job Lot" stores that carry this iron for only $12.00. I know most people have purchased theirs from the Vermont Country Store, where it costs around $30.00.

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    It is also at Home Depot though it is out of stock online at the moment. Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll try this iron.

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    Vermont Country Store and Home Depot sell the Continental irons. I ordered one from here because it is free shipping.

    http://www.always-free-shipping.com/510034.html

    It hasn't arrived yet so no review of it.

    And it says Reliable Smooth Plate Electric Dry Iron. I'm hoping that means it is a Reliable brand iron, that's a quality name in the commercial laundry business.

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    Thanks Chay for the block pattern. It's great!

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    Thank you for the pattern for your quilt. It is lovely. Now I will also be looking for a dry iron.

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    Bellaboo will you please post again after you receive your iron. I had the same iron for 35 years (a wedding gift) and since it quit, I've gone thru 5 irons in 5 years. I cannot find one I like and this sounds like exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks!

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    I don't have that iron, but I do spray the fabric and press with a dry iron. My iron is a steam iron, but the reservoir is ridiculously small and I got fed up with refilling it over and over and over. It works just fine, in fact it's better than steam for badly wrinkled or creased fabric because you can really saturate the creases. The fabric also seems to dry and release the heat much faster, making freshly-pressed pieces easier to handle..

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    To follow up, I did get this iron and I love it. It's heavy and it gets hot. It does not have automatic shut off. I've been making Dear Jane blocks and after I finish a block I put it on a folded towel, lightly spray it with starch and press hard - press down, don't move the iron back and forth. I end up with a totally flat block, and some of those blocks have 10+ seams in them. The iron is great! I got it online at Home Depot, about $28 with free shipping.

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    I also bought this iron from HD. I got it last week and I love it. I don't use steam, just a spray bottle when I need to. I was too afraid of my iron leaking. My fabric doesn't get stuck in the little holes. It also has some weight to it which I like. My Sis has it right now trying it out. She likes it too. She said she will be buying one.

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    Sounds like this is just what I want for my quilting iron. Thanks ladies.

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    Lovely quilt! Thanks for the diagram on it!

    Great iron too! I may need to get one for myself!
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