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Thread: Irons

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    My iron died. I had a cordless Oreck and really liked it, although it was kinda heavy, but I was able to overlook that. It lasted about 5 years, so I was pleased with that. Anyone else have a cordless they love or hate for quilting? Any input would be appreciated.

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    No cordless here, but that seems like a good feature.

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    My ideal iron is sold by Home Depot and the Vermont Country store. It is a dry iron and has no holes for the steam. I never use steam and have looked everywhere for one that doesn't have the feature. I find that when I am working with small pieces, the fabric gets into the little holes of the iron and wrinkles. Also, most irons with staem leak after a while. I use a spray bottle instead.

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    Ah, yes...irons. We discussed them in great length here.


    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/15433.page

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    I have a Euro Steam iron. I bought it at a Sewing Expo a few years ago and paid $212.00 for it. At first I didn't like it, but since I paid so much for it I made myself use it. Now I really like it, especially for garment sewing. You control the steam, you can use a shot of steam or turn the knob for steam all the time. It is not a cordless. I have the Oreck cordless, but didn't think it stayed hot enough, long enough. I would love to have the one from Vermont Country store, but maybe later on that one.

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    I have a cordless and it's a Shark. I use it all the time. I prefer it to my Rowenta. Hope this helps!

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    my cordless is so big and heavy I won't use it for quilting. I went to the second hand store and bought a nice white brand that doesn't shut off, doesn't spit water, doesn't cool down and is really HOT...love it LOL

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    Interesing information on irons. :? Both m rowenta leaked, so I have a cheapie right now that works just fine, and it has a cord, a really Loooong one, with I really like. I am not homew now, so I don't even know what kind it is!

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    :shock: $212 :shock: for an iron???? :shock:

    I had no clue there were irons that pricey.

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    YEP, it was pricey, but I really like it for garmets. I'm thinking it should out live me : :lol:

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    I'm using the iron that came with my Oreck vacuum cleaner. It has a cord and it's sort of on the large side but it works alright. So far the little holes on the bottom haven't crinkled up my fabric like my old iron did....I hated that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    My ideal iron is sold by Home Depot and the Vermont Country store. It is a dry iron and has no holes for the steam. I never use steam and have looked everywhere for one that doesn't have the feature. I find that when I am working with small pieces, the fabric gets into the little holes of the iron and wrinkles. Also, most irons with staem leak after a while. I use a spray bottle instead.

    Maria
    I was watching Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims one morning and he uses a spray bottle, too, because he "had never met a steam iron that didn't become constipated after awhile." I agreed with him after I quit laughing.

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    I'm going to try this the next time I need to replace my iron -

    http://www.allbrands.com/products/abp22803.html

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    I have the Black and Decker Digital Advantage. It is steam and does have the automatic shutoff which doesn't bother me. It is over 5 years old and has been great. It wasn't that expensive, got it at Target. I have a Rowenta I hate. Don't even know why I still have it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper
    I have the Black and Decker Digital Advantage. It is steam and does have the automatic shutoff which doesn't bother me. It is over 5 years old and has been great. It wasn't that expensive, got it at Target. I have a Rowenta I hate. Don't even know why I still have it!!!
    I hated my Rowenta too...it was always shutting off when I needed it most 8) I like my little second hand cheapy just fine....

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    I have a cheapy B&D I bought at WalMart. It started out as a steamer, but that part quit about 3 months ago. It still heats great, but the temperature setter has now gone "whirly" so I only have "Cotton" heat setting that I can't change. It works for quilting, but that's all.

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    hmmm I picked up one of the older (lots of silver) very heavy no sream iron, it works but I havent really used it - I bought it because I liked the way it looked, maybe I will break it out for pressing...






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    I have a $4.99 Kmart blue light special that is 25 years old. My Mom told me when she gave it to me as a Wedding gift that the key to a long lasting iron is to never put water in them. It causes them to spit and rust. Good advise. I use a water spray bottle and hot iron.

    The one thing I wish more iron makers would make is a dry iron. I have the a tiny craft Iron without the Steam holes, but would love a full size. If anyone knows of a dry iron available today, that is not too expensive. Please let me know.

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    Have you ever seen an iron like this? We found it in an antique store a few years ago. Actually I forgot about it. Found it the other day looking for something else.
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