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Old 07-03-2020, 11:17 AM
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I have, of all things, a Proctor Silex iron I bought at a hardware store. It has no auto shutoff feature. It's 1200 watts, so Onebyone wouldn't like it but it gets plenty hot! I've had it for about 5 years. I'm so happy with it that I bought another one as a backup, just in case the first one dies. I paid all of $18 for it.
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Old 07-03-2020, 11:51 AM
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So to sidetrack the conversation somewhat, does anyone have any experience using a dry iron? As in one that does not Steam. The sole plate is flat with no holes. I've been looking online and they seem to be hard to find,
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Old 07-03-2020, 03:35 PM
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Yes, IceLeopard I finally got tired of trying to find a good steam iron that would last more than 3 or 4 years (I do use my iron every day), so I bought a flat sunbeam iron that was old. It has turned out to be just perfect for me. I do have to use a spray bottle when steam is needed but it gets really nice and hot. Has some weight but not too heavy and works great for applique. The bottom has no holes so it cleans off in a jiffy. Have been using it for at least 5 years. Hubby found me a backup at another yard sales for only a few dollars.
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Old 07-04-2020, 01:21 AM
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My backup iron is a Proctor Silex, which I loved until I dropped it and the button for steam stopped working. I can still use it, just have to have a water bottle nearby to spritz whatever I'm working on. My newest one is a Black and Decker, this thing is a workhorse and for under $20, I'd say it's a good find. Then I have a Clover mini-iron that helps me split my seams open and is a great alternative to finger pressing.

I've never been brand specific when it comes to irons, Proctor Silex seems to be my go-to but if I find an iron that I like, I grab it. I do like the way the newer mini-irons have been looking, waiting for them to go down in price since they're so new. I'd love to have a cordless iron!
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Old 07-04-2020, 03:25 AM
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First, i have to admit that i am really hard on irons.
i can't count the number that have landed on the floor.
i had the awful habit of not unplugging them or even turning them off.
so one year of use in my house is probably equivalent to 5 years of use by a sensible person.
[just a note, though, i have finally started unplugging before i go to bed or if i know i am done ironing for the day.]

The iron that has served me best is the Panasonic 360 cordless iron.
I bought mine way back in 2016.
i have never had any other iron of any brand or model last that long.
having points at both ends really comes in handy sometimes.

it's medium weight. heavy enough for me, light enough for those who don't like heavy irons.
because of the way the base is designed it's very stable so unlikely to fall off the ironing board unless the whole ironing board tips over.
when i bought it, it was available in a 1200 watt model and a 1500 watt model.
all i can find online now are the 1200 watt models. (that said, i suspect the 1200 watts will do well enough.)

the price has gone waaaaaaaaaaaay up since i bought mine.
but, given how much i've spent on irons over the years it would probably pay for itself long before it wears out.

i would dearly love to have an 1800 watt iron but cannot find one that's cordless and can be used here in the USA.
i cannot bear the thought of ever going back to a corded iron. i suffer them when i'm at somebody else's house, and have one corded travel iron, but at home ... no cords for me, please.
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Old 07-04-2020, 08:06 AM
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I have a Wasing Classic Dry Iron, no holes. I use it for fusibles because it it only a 1000 watt iron. Amazon has them in stock. Pretty iron too.
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Old 07-04-2020, 12:46 PM
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I buy the Black & Decker Classic irons. They have a little weight to them, and heat up well.
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Old 07-06-2020, 03:30 AM
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I have a Hamilton Beach " Duration" that came from Walmart. Paid around $40 I think. I use it dry with a misting bottle and wouldn't trade it for any of the higher priced irons.
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Old 07-06-2020, 01:06 PM
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Black and Decker classic irons were getting very hard to find in stores even before the virus mess. I have several new in box I found on mark down at Lowe's, for wedding gifts. LOL LIke it or not, the next few couples will be getting a good basic iron.
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Old 07-07-2020, 05:35 AM
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I want that Panasonic 360 but I just bought an iron recently so I don't need another.
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