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    Junior Member sbeddingfield's Avatar
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    I need a new iron

    I need a new iron. I see the one they use on "Sewing with Nancy". You never have to sit it up, I don't know what brand it is but - since I need a new iron (just to be used for quilting), I thought I'd come to the experts. If you were getting a new iron to use for quilts (and making little outfits for my granddaughter), what would you get?
    Thanks for the help.
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    Scherrie

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    I love my rowenta was just looking at another one at Lowes the other day, I do not need one but nice to have a extra if I have friends over for a stitching day.
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    Are you referring to the Olisio? It raises itself up so it won't scorch. Nice iron, but real pricey.
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    Well, I was in the same position last year, checked on this board, took all the advice, pros and cons of several brands and models. Consensus was that the Rowenta's leaked allot, but someone said get one that was German made and it should be ok. I bought an "master", I think it was around $60.00, so I just bought it. That was 7 months ago. I HATE it!! It was find in the beginning and I am careful about cleaning it regularly etc, use tap water, etc and a few days ago, NIAGARA FALLS!! It leaks water from the base and just below the sole plate. I have tried everything. I wonder if CostCo will take it back this late?? Several people swear by the cheap Black and Decker, and I read good things about B&D Digital Advantage for about $50.00 and their "steam advantage" for around $36.00. I think I might get one of them and see. Good luck. I think it is luck of the draw with Rowenta.

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    I have the Oliso...it is definitely NOT worth the money. I'd say go to Big Lots or Walmart and pick up a $10 cheapy. I learned my lesson the hard (and expensive) way.

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    I bought 1 on the German economy for about $15. So far so good. I am getting a little leakage, but I think it is only happening when i overfill it. gotta keep track and see if that is really it..... Bosch is a good german brand, but not sure if they do irons.
    Most people on the board seem to be happier with the cheap, replaceable kind...

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    I bought a Rowenta Steamium and was not very pleased with it.

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    I found two old irons at an estate sale this weekend and tested them right then and there. As soon as they started getting warm, I snatched them up. I haven't even fully fired them up, but I got them both for $5. I have no need for 2 irons (now 3, since I have my cheapie Dollar General iron). They are the small, heavy ones. Maybe I could use one for quilts and one for clothes? Nahhhhh.. Probably not! When I quit smoking, I took up ironing, and I pressed everything that came out of the washing machine! I got burnt out on that fast! Now I avoid ironing like the plague!
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    I have had the Rowenta, it leaked after a while, now use the cheap Black and Decker. I don't put water in it, use spritz the fabric with water from a spray bottle, works great.
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    I like my Rowentas. Have used one for about 6 years now without any problems. Also bought the little Rowenta travel type iron (also has steam function) to take to quilting gatherings with me.
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    I bought an old vintage GE iron from the RESTORE store. Gets hotter then haddies and has a great steam.

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    I also have these two Rowentas and love them. I guess in every brand you can get a lemon!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Drue View Post
    I like my Rowentas. Have used one for about 6 years now without any problems. Also bought the little Rowenta travel type iron (also has steam function) to take to quilting gatherings with me.

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    I have a Rowenta and a Black and Decker. I bought the Black and Decker for fusible interfacing, so I would not ruin the pricey Rowenta. Not much difference except in price. I would go with the cheaper one.

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    All good suggestions and we have had many conversations about irons recently that might give you some additional advice. Try using the Search function on the right near the top of the page. Good luck!!

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    if you pay for a pricier iron, how long might you expect it to last? I wait until i see a cheapie on sale, so 5-7 dollars. if i have to replace it every 2-3 years, i feel i'm ahead of the game. i did invest in a cordless iron several years ago. it had been packed away for a move and never unpacked. i'll have to get it out and give it a try again. thanks for bringing up this ironing thread.
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    I have about 8 irons and the one I use everyday is a nonteflon, no steam plain old iron from the 40s. Irons like a dream. None of my teflon/steam irons get hot enough
    A good friend bought me the no steam/no teflon sold by The Vermont Country Store to use when the 40s goes to iron heaven. It too irons like a dream.

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    i have been using rowenta irons over 25 yrs and have never had the problems some have mentioned. rowenta is the only iron i use. i pay significantly more than $60 for my iron actually over $100.00. maybe that is why i don't have leak problems. i remember the days when rowentas were only sold through fabric stores.

    the rowentas have more steam holes which is what i would look for in an iron i havent tried in other irons so i cant compare. in 25+ years i am on my 5th rowenta. this one is a 1750 watt iron and gets really HOT!
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    I just use the cheap black and decker,works good. I do not put waterin it just use spray bottle. I am going to check out the vermont country store to get my next iron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krisb View Post
    Are you referring to the Olisio? It raises itself up so it won't scorch. Nice iron, but real pricey.
    Yes, this is pricey but in more ways than money. I found I couldn't repeatedly lift it to press my fabric because the iron is too heavy for me! My hands really hurt after just two pressings!

    I prefer my Black & Decker cheapo.

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    Stay away from Rowenta and also from Shark. Both leak and just plain are NOT worth the money. I sent one back to Rowenta since I paid over $100 for it, and they did something to it. Don't know if it stopped it from leaking, 'cause that one has NEVER seen another drop of water! If I want a steam iron, I'll buy the cheapest one I can find, period.
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    I have a sharks and just love it, price was right, you can get them a Wallmart.

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    I just got a 60.00 shark at Home Depot for 30.00. I have not used it yet. I have a Rowenta Focas and like it but I haave messed up the sole plate with stablizer, ect. Reall think I can keep the new one for just quilting without the sticky stuff....right.

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    Thanks to everyone for your answers - I now have some great ideas - even though I, too, hate to iron.
    Blessings and thanks,
    Scherrie

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