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Thread: which iron is best for quilting?

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    Junior Member taj334's Avatar
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    My iron is broken. :( Anyone have an iron they love to use? I'm on a strict budget, so price is an important part of it.

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    Actually I got an iron from Walmart for $6.00 and it is light
    has steam, and really is great. I travel with it too, and don't
    have to worry about dropping it.

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    I have a Rowenta and I absolutely love it!

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    any brand, but get one with lots of steam holes = I get mine from Walmart or other discount places and if it breaks, I just buy another one.

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    When my iron dies (soon) I am going back the Black and Decker Classic. Nice heavy weight and great steam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdeery
    Actually I got an iron from Walmart for $6.00 and it is light
    has steam, and really is great. I travel with it too, and don't
    have to worry about dropping it.

    I have this one also. Procter Silex. Gets really hot (I keep mine turned up all the way) and doesn't shut off automatically.

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    I was a HUGE fan of Rowenta ... but I just had the same issue with the second one in 6 years. Something has gone wrong with the thermosat in the unit and it just kept on heating till it was super hot and scorched everything and melted/and burnt the thread. I loved the steam ... but I feel I have given this manufacture the benifit of the doubt with the second purchase.
    Never again. Both were the high end iron.
    Now I am using my cheap $10 iron and a spray/mist bottle. It is much much light in weight ... which helps on the carple tunnel.
    Look for a good sole plate , avoid the teflon ( you can not get occasional fusible off the bottom).

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    I purchased a Rowenta several years ago, had a problem with it, sent it in for service (to the factory authorized West Coast center), and received such bad service (including downright rudeness from the owner of the service facility)that I will NEVER buy another Rowenta. Yes, I complained to the company, and no, they didn't respond.

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    I just bought a Rowenta at Big Lots and love it. It replaced my 20 year old Rowenta that finally died. I got a $70 iron for $24. So, I was thrilled.

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    I have had the Black & Decker Classic for years, and I absolutely love it!! I wouldn't have anything else! And they only cost around $30.00. Good investment!

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    Without a doubt Rowenta. Absolutely hate Auto Shut Off. Even cheapie ones have it.

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    I bought my Roenta 16 years ago at Costco in Alaska, and have never had a single problem with it. My fav, iron. I also have a Sunbeam I use for my fabric painting, to set the colors. No problems with it either,so far. It has a no stick bottom. Then I have several flat irons I used to heat on a wood stove to do my pressing, when we lived in a cabin with no elec. Never have had a problem with them :-) Now use them as book ends and door stops.

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    I like the iron I'm using but I don't use steam. The holes do get plugged with starch and I remember years and years ago my Mom had a iron that she used all the time, but when the plate got to the point where you couldn't clean it anymore she bought some kind of teflon sheet to put over the plate and just folded the very edge up on the sides to hold it on. It worked. I would like to get one to put on mine but I can't figure out exactly what I'm looking for. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

    Thanks

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    Here are a couple of iron sole covers I found on Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Innovative-Hom.../dp/B002FVU9XA
    http://www.amazon.com/IMCG-C2616-Iro.../dp/B000V9YI30

    I have found excellent irons at thrift shops for about $6. Bought a Rowenta new years ago (for many $$$) that made several unscheduled trips to a concrete floor. Dh kindly glued it and duct-taped it together; still works great! But I have found similar Rowentas at thrift shops. Some quilters buy them, don't like the auto-shutoff (which has undoubtedly saved our house from fire more than once), and donate them. Have also found good irons at garage sales for $3; a lot of people just don't iron clothes anymore!

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    I like a heavy iron. The auto shut off is a pain for me but I deal with it. I don't like paying alot of $$ for them because I'm so hard on them. But would like to follow this thread for some more info.

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    I have a Black & Decker that I like and haven't had trouble with! It's a good name, too.

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    my favorite iron right now is a $12 black and decker from walmart. it has lasted 3 years so far (my $159 iron lasted about 4 months) it stays hot and does a good job. i never ever put water into an iron so i have not had any problems with leaking, sputtering, or any related issue. i use a spray bottle and mist what i want to steam...seems to save irons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taj334
    My iron is broken. :( Anyone have an iron they love to use? I'm on a strict budget, so price is an important part of it.
    I have a Black & Decker now that I like much better than my Rowenta - went Kaput in <2 yrs! Never again

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    I have a Shark. Have had every kind on the market and several Rowentas. This Shark puts out killer steam if steam is your thing then I would get it. Otherwise the Black and Decker was my second choice.

    I go through alot of irons because I am bad about shutting them off, drop them alot and have ruined several with fusible. Now when Target or Walmart has a great price on a mid level iron I buy an extra.

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    Because our water is very hard, I buy the cheapest iron with lots of steam (currently the Sunbeam Steam Master) from Walmart or Ocean State Job Lot... use it for about a year then replace it when the steam starts to be yucky brown.

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    Mine is a NOrelco easy steam, from walmart, about $20,had for umpteen years. Works real good still, except after I knocked it on floor the temp. dial is off so I just have it set in one spot and leave it. Just hot enough , it isn't heavy, gives lots of steam and has a button you can use to spray out water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktbb
    any brand, but get one with lots of steam holes = I get mine from Walmart or other discount places and if it breaks, I just buy another one.
    I do this too but also love the Black and Decker classic.

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    I have a $12 Proctor Silex from Walmart, it doesn't have the auto shut off, and has worked GREAT for over a year now :D:D:D

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    I have two rowentas.. I love them!!

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    For my regular ironing board, I have and LOVE my T-Fal iron. Had a Rowenta, too much money for something that started leaking in less than a year!

    At the small board I made that sits next to my sewing machine, I didn't want a big iron. Silly me, I tried the Rowenta travel iron. At least I got it with a coupon! Loved how it worked, but the handle broke - in less than a year.

    Definitely wanted something small, no auto off (I have my sewing things in a power strip, so know that when I'm done and turn that off, I'm safe). Went to Wal-Mart and found a Proctor Silex w/ steam for less than $10. Not as big as my T-Fal, but not as small as a travel iron. A good compromise. It's working well. The only thing I don't like about it is that if I want a squirt of spray for a stubborn wrinkle, it sprays about six inches away from where the tip of the iron is. Got to learn to aim, lol!

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