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Thread: Which iron is best for quilting?

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    Senior Member Somebunny's Avatar
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    I say "quilting" because my husband can walk around in a wrinkled T-shirt, but goodness, my fabric better not have a wrinkle in it when I'm cutting it. I finally wore out my iron, the poor thing had one good year of quilting before it went. The good news is I get to buy a new one. But which one??? No small choice here. Which iron do you have/like? Do the folks who have the cordless ones or the docking stations like them? I can get 50% off at Jo-Ann's this weekend. Please share. Thank you!

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    The general feeling is to get an inexpensive one and toss it when it stops working. the expensive ones do not always perform well. Search for previous posts on this subject. Lots of good info and opinions.

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    My choice is always inexpensive, no auto shut off and steam. My Black and Decker works great.

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    I agree with inexpensive and throw away... too many have had issues with the expensive irons, no matter the brand name.
    The cordless don't stay hot for long :wink: :D:D:D

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    I agree with just getting a cheap one. I had a cordless one and it was useless......it doesn't get hot enough and doesn't hold the heat.

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    I had wanted an Oliso, thinking it would be awesome, and my son gave me one for Christmas.....Too expensive and it started having problems right away..........Right now I am using my Mom's old Sunbeam iron, about 35 years old I think...It works fabulous!! I prefer not to have an iron with the auto-shutoff....Just a simple, inexpensive iron, is all you need.......Good luck.....!

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    I hate cheap irons. They don't get hot enough and they're too lightweight. You don't have to buy a super expensive iron either. Look at the mid-priced irons.

    Another option is to search ebay and hope you find a new in the box vintage iron.

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    I buy a medium priced iron but I do like the auto shutoff. I'm getting forget full or lazy....LOL

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    My girlfriend turned me on to a Shark which I really like. Auto turn off and it gets plenty hot. Only thing I don't like is it will turn itself off if not used in 10 min.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickeyquilts
    My girlfriend turned me on to a Shark which I really like. Auto turn off and it gets plenty hot. Only thing I don't like is it will turn itself off if not used in 10 min.
    Ditto, I have a shark and love it!

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    No auto shutoff, I'd rather it be hot when I need it, not wait to reheat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    My choice is always inexpensive, no auto shut off and steam. My Black and Decker works great.
    I had a Black and Decker that lasted a long time and it never leaked .... plus it had a really long cord.

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    At the end of the summer, I had a friend who needed an iron. We went to JoAnn's & they said we could not use a coupon to purchase an iron.

    Quote Originally Posted by DesertLake
    I say "quilting" because my husband can I walk around in a wrinkled T-shirt, but goodness, my fabric better not have a wrinkle in it when I'm cutting it. I finally wore out my iron, the poor thing had one good year of quilting before it went. The good news is I get to buy a new one. But which one??? No small choice here. Which iron do you have/like? Do the folks who have the cordless ones or the docking stations like them? I can get 50% off at Jo-Ann's this weekend. Please share. Thank you!

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    Thank you! Very helpful info. Happy Holidays everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertLake
    I say "quilting" because my husband can walk around in a wrinkled T-shirt, but goodness, my fabric better not have a wrinkle in it when I'm cutting it. I finally wore out my iron, the poor thing had one good year of quilting before it went. The good news is I get to buy a new one. But which one??? No small choice here. Which iron do you have/like? Do the folks who have the cordless ones or the docking stations like them? I can get 50% off at Jo-Ann's this weekend. Please share. Thank you!
    Check your coupon for exclusions......they all normally exclude the irons..........Our Joann's onnly carries Rowenta, and you could not pay me to have one of those........I splurged and got an Oliso at the last quilt show and absolutely LOVE IT.

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    Someone once told me that any iron will last forever, if you don't put water in it. After throwing out many irons, I tried this. I'm using a cheap panasonic with auto shut-off & cord winder reel. I don't put water in it. I keep a spray bottle near the ironing board and use it for wrinkles. Works like a charm. I'm also getting to be a huge fan of spray sizing or spray starch. It has improved my cutting and piecing.

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    My trusty "cheap" Black and Decker has worked for years.

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    Unlike alot of quilters, I like the old heavy irons with a nonteflon coating. I spent about 60.00 for a good modern iron, light weight teflon coated etc. I wore the teflon right off and the iron didn't heat very well. I go to thrift shops and buy the old heavy irons for a few dollars, have the cord replaced and use them till they wear out. My last thrift shop iron was old to begin with and I have used it now for alomst 6 years and it's the best iron I have ever had.

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    Go to Wal-Mart & buy the $6.00 iron with steam that can be turned off. When it is worn out toss it is the recycle & get a new one . I have one that I have been using now for approx 5 years. Stay away from Rowenta!!

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    just read the c ommments from above and thought I would add my two cents - I have a Rowenta, it does get hot, does not have an auto shut off, but leaks - if I use steam, I have to empty it every time - have had a few cheap irons in the mix and most have been ok - the last one I bought was a shark - it leaks like a sieve (worse than the Rowenta) and shuts off when ever it feels like it - has even shut off while I am using it. All the problems with that one started the day the warranty expired or I would take it back. I would love a reliable iron that does not have auto shut off that would last more than 90 days. Cheap/inexpensive doesn't matter to me - I just want one that will work properly

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    I have one rowenta, it is Ok for ironing clothes, but not worth the money that was spent on it. I also have a Panasonic cordless one that I thought would be great because of no cord. The cordless one doesn't get hot enough and has the auto cut off. It seems like each time I sew, then get up to press, it has turned itself off and I have to wait for it to heat (somewhat) up again. I think my next one will be a midrange priced Black & Decker or Shark from Wal-Mart.

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    I bought a Rowenta at Costco 6 or 7 years ago and I love it,I've never had any problem with it and if it goes out I will be heading back to Costco to get another one, its nice and heavy the the steam works perfect, I use it almost every day.

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    I have a rowenta aND i LOVE IT I've had it about 10 years or so, have never had a single problem with it! got it at costco in AK. works great, get nice and hot and no leaks, would get another one, you bet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunniequilter
    Unlike alot of quilters, I like the old heavy irons with a nonteflon coating. I spent about 60.00 for a good modern iron, light weight teflon coated etc. I wore the teflon right off and the iron didn't heat very well. I go to thrift shops and buy the old heavy irons for a few dollars, have the cord replaced and use them till they wear out. My last thrift shop iron was old to begin with and I have used it now for alomst 6 years and it's the best iron I have ever had.
    I LOVE my vintage iron!! I searched ebay since where I lived there wasn't much for a second hand store. I found a new in the box, early 60's GE. Since it was brand new I didn't worry about replacing the cord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leaha
    I have a rowenta aND i LOVE IT I've had it about 10 years or so, have never had a single problem with it! got it at costco in AK. works great, get nice and hot and no leaks, would get another one, you bet!

    Same here. I got another iron, (cheepy) to have a back up, bucause I heard bad things about Rowenta. Gave the back up to DGD a couple years ago........still in the box.....had no need for it.

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