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Thread: An Iron I Can Recommend

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    i bought a Shark Professional the other day. i was a bit hesitant because of the price ($49.95 before tax, title and options).

    this is one suweeeeeeeeeet iron! all the bells & whistles ring and toot.

    the only thing left to find out is whether or not it can stand up to abuse and neglect. i'm very hard on irons. :roll:

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    Thanks Patrice, my iron was acting up yesterday so I may be shopping sooner than I would like to be.

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    Keep us informed, I too am hard on irons.

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    I have a thing about knocking them off, Could you knock it off a few times, and then let me know how it does? LOL

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    show us a pic and where was it purchased? :lol:

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    A couple of years ago, my husband bought me (at my suggestion) the new Maytag cordless iron for $99.00. What a WASTE of money. First, the steam compartment started leaking, so I sealed it up. Then, having to wait for the iron to keep rewarming was a real pain. Finally, the teflon coating started pealing off and the constant water that leaked out rusted the metal. The iron now sits in the trash.

    For Christmas, I asked my husband for a new iron. (I haven't decided if that was a BIG mistake or not because I told him to surprise me this time.)

    He gave me a Rowenta. I haven't used it yet, but I am hoping it is going to last. I wanted the one that lifted off the table (that I saw on a Fons and Porter show), but was too unsure of how it was going to perform over the long-haul to suggest it.

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    I have heard great things about shark. It will definitely be on my list when the Rowenta dies. My MIL gave me a travel one she got as a gift. It is great and is just an itty bitty thing.

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    I love my little Rowenta travel iron with steam. It is light and dosnt distort your piecwork. It dosnt get as hot as a big iron so not good for pressing large pieces of fabric but for piecework it is perfect.

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    i bought it at WalMart. where else could i go at 4 in the morning? :lol:

    here is their description: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...#ProductDetail

    i may have to downgrade that recommendation to "maybe". judging by the reviews i read at one site, it's the greatest thing since crunchy peanut butter on sliced raisin bread - for a while. lots of complaints that it doesn't last long enough.

    of course, none of them say whether or how often they'd dropped it; did they turn it off when they weren't using it; did they drain the water when they were done using it; or did they do any of the other things that we're supposed to do if we treat our irons well.

    i'll be thrilled if it lasts more than a year. the only iron i've ever had that lasted longer than that was my dear but recently departed black & decker classic. (i'm holding on to it. maybe it just needs a vacation and will magically work again in a week or so. :lol: )

    i'd like to say i'll take better care of it than i have its predecessors but i know me too well. :roll:

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    I'm looking for a new iron. I'll have to check this one out.

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    I will be watching to see how it does in the long run

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    Oh my! I have my Black& Decker that I bought over fifteen years ago and it still works awesome. It is just that my husband needs an iron for pressing his uniforms and he is constantly having to grab it back from my sewing room, so this is why I got a new iron. I thought I'd give him the one that seems unbreakable because he is harder on irons than me. He has dropped the iron so many times that it is a miracle our carpet isn't ruined (and the iron still works!). Not only that, but I wanted one with more bells and whistles. I don't think B&D makes irons for quilters, do they?

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    I too have a Black & Decker that I've had at least twenty years. The only problem I've had is that the steam blast stopped working straight away (same with my previous GE iron). I wonder if others have had the same problem with the steam blast. I'm of the opinion that they won't last on any iron, but I could be wrong.

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    The steamer on mine works great. I am wondering if it might be a different climate too. I live in Colorado where it is very dry. I also do not have hard water so the iron does not get build up.

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    You could be right about the climate. I've always used distilled water in my irons though so I can't blame minerals in the water. My first iron gave up the ghost in Phoenix though, which is very dry--unlike my beloved Oregon where we need webbed feet to live here. We have a saying: We don't tan, we rust.

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    how many of you are seeing ads for irons now at the bottoms of your pages? google should pay better attention. i JUST BOUGHT ONE! they are too late!

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyMarie
    A couple of years ago, my husband bought me (at my suggestion) the new Maytag cordless iron for $99.00. What a WASTE of money. First, the steam compartment started leaking, so I sealed it up. Then, having to wait for the iron to keep rewarming was a real pain. Finally, the teflon coating started pealing off and the constant water that leaked out rusted the metal. The iron now sits in the trash.

    For Christmas, I asked my husband for a new iron. (I haven't decided if that was a BIG mistake or not because I told him to surprise me this time.)

    He gave me a Rowenta. I haven't used it yet, but I am hoping it is going to last. I wanted the one that lifted off the table (that I saw on a Fons and Porter show), but was too unsure of how it was going to perform over the long-haul to suggest it.
    I have the one that lifts off the table and love it, but if had arthitis in your hands very bad, (as a friend of mine) i would think twice.

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    My first question when buying an expensive item is if I can get it repaired if necessary. I found a repair shop in Long Island where I can mail my Rowenta. They offer the option of a repair price or replacement price for a rebuilt item. I have used the service more than once as I like the heaviness of the Rowenta iron. It was recommended to not use all distilled water, but 50/50 with tap water if our area had hard water. The repair/replacement prices still aren't cheap so may try a cheaper iron the next time around. We'll see if the time comes.

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    Thanks - I really need a good iron, I've gone through all the sunbeams, even a few $6 irons bc of frustration with the others.

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    Reviews on Amazon are not too good, BUT THE MAIN ONE THAT CONCERNS ME IS THAT IT IS A FIRE HAZARD, BY MORE THAN ONE PERSON.
    I personally have had good luck with black and decker d2030, and even have worn out 2, but then the last one went out after only approx. 6 months and when I called the company they said they would send me a new one and upgrade it. That really impressed me about the company.

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    Was it the Rowenta that was a fire hazard? I certainly don't want that worry. That WAS wonderful in your conversation with Black and Decker. I have never had one of their irons, but have been happy with other B&D items. I certainly would support a company stands behind its product.

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    Welcome

    Love your Christmas quilt

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    keep us updated on this please :D:D:D

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    I bought the Shark professional about 9months ago. I LOVE IT! I am pretty rough on irons but this one seems to be able to take all I can dish out. I love the auto shut down because I have been known to forget to turn them off-but I hate the auto shut down when it goes off while I am still working. LOL I have dropped it a few times and the dog knocked the whole ironing board and iron over one day chasing her ball.......still works great.

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    I have had a Rowenta iron for several years - Nancy's Notions had a sale on them - I think it was about 40.00 or 50.00 and it is still working - I use to use tap water but, switched to bottled drinking water. Now I don't use steam, just a spray bottle. It is a very good iron, now I have to unplug it or it will keep heating up a tad when dial is turned off. I have many,many hours on it. It has lasted longer than other irons I've had.

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