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Old 12-10-2015, 08:38 AM
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Are there any other dry irons (smooth sole plate, no holes) out there besides the Continental from the Vermont Country store? I love my Continental but they only seem to last about 1 1/2 years for me. I use a spritz bottle if I need "steam". What about irons that have really tiny steam holes that wont catch on fabric? If not, I will be ordering my third Continental...
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:40 AM
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I'm going to have a look at the Vermont CS too. I can't find any dry irons around here. Thanks!
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:07 AM
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I just use a regular iron and don't put water in it.
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I couldn't live without the steam from my Rowenta. Good Luck in your search.
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Vintage irons show up in my local thrift stores quite often. According to one employee, it's usually quilters who grab them up. I found a nice vintage Sunbeam steam iron at that store a couple years ago after burning up 2 cheap new irons. The insides literally melted, I'm lucky they didn't catch on fire. The Sunbeam is wonderful, but like you I still wanted a dry iron. A few months ago I found an old GE Handy Hannah dry iron and I'm loving it. I did have the plug replaced but it's the best iron I've ever had. It heats up fast and stays hot and there's no plastic inside it to melt.

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Old 12-10-2015, 12:06 PM
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Sandra, do you leave your iron on when you are not ironing? I've had mine
(same brand) for several years and it's still working. I unplug when I'm not using it.
I know some quilters who leave their iron plugged all the time and I wonder
if that doesn't shorten the life of the iron. I'm too scared of fires to leave
mine on.
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I don't know why the Continental iron doesn't last. Mine quit heating after about a year and a half.
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I wanted a dry iron as well. Couldn't find one. I bought a $30 Black & Decker. It's digital (what ever that is). It has a shiny sole plate ( a must), tiny holes. I never put water in my irons. Steams up my glasses too much. If need to I mist using a spray bottle of water. When it shuts off it makes a cute ding. Really like this one. Before I had a much more expensive with a non stick sole plate, what a mess, it always scorched the starch. I couldn't clean it. My sewing group has a Rowenta, I hate using it, takes me two days to remember to not leave my iron flat. At least this iron dings if I leave it flat.
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Are there any other dry irons (smooth sole plate, no holes) out there besides the Continental from the Vermont Country store? I love my Continental but they only seem to last about 1 1/2 years for me. I use a spritz bottle if I need "steam". What about irons that have really tiny steam holes that wont catch on fabric? If not, I will be ordering my third Continental...
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I am so glad to find other quilters who don't use steam. I have never gotten the hang of it.....no matter what I do, steam irons always spit hot water out at me when I'm trying to press. I find my dry irons in the Salvation Army.
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I tend to turn the heat indicator down to cold as far as it will go when I'm quilting but not pressing at that stage. I unplug completely when I finish for that session. My irons are lasting over 3 years since I purchased one which is excellent for me.
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