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    My Hamilton Beach Smart Lift iron is a great iron for quilters. It props itself up off the board with two arms and it has the choice of using the auto shut off or just staying on. It gets really hot and can make a lot of steam if desired. Bought it on Amazon a year or so ago and it was not expensive. Sorry, can't remember the wattage.
    http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach...mart+lift+iron
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    After the second Rowenta in three years died a horrible death (thank heavens it didn't set afire doing so!) I purchased a Reliable (blue and white one). This was more than two years ago. I am totally pleased with the Reliable iron - with absolutely everything about it - including the ability to disable the "Auto Off" feature! I would certainly choose it again.

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    I buy an inexpensive "Rival" brand at WalMart. About 5 or 6 dollars. No auto shutoff, great steam when you want steam. I leave mine plugged in all day when I'm working on quilts. It lasts about a year before it dies then I just go and buy a new one. It is light weight and I love it. I should probably buy a half dozen or so in case they quit making them!!

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    Someone asked if a steamer could be used for quilting. I have a steamer but You can't press seams with it. It takes wrinkles out beautifully but you need to press the seams to se t them.

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    I have a couple of steam irons without shut off, but the one I like best and use the most is a GE dry iron, it gets hotter faster and so far has lasted about 30 years.

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    I got mine - a Continental - from Amazon.com. I think it cost about $15. I love it.
    Shirley in Arizona

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    HomeDepot also has an iron that I've heard many quilters like. No steam and no holes. Don't know the wattage.
    I am going to check to see if Home Depot has the one you say has no steam. Mine has steam, but I never use it. With the water here get too many mineral deposits in it. I would like one without steam. Now if I can find one....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotta-sew View Post
    Why not another Rowenta? That's what I have been using for many years and it doesn't have an auto shut off. Love it.
    Amen!!! I think they get a bad rap sometimes but mine is close to 25 years old and is still going strong with zero problems!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    HomeDepot also has an iron that I've heard many quilters like. No steam and no holes. Don't know the wattage.
    The Home Depot website says the iron is no longer available. I bought one here: http://www.always-free-shipping.com/...-dry-iron.html and keep a watch on Amazon. I bought another one there for $15. These no steam irons make great door prize gifts for guild and secret pals love them!
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    OMG! I have the Rowenta that won't shut itself off. It's the blue on at Joanns. The 8090 I think... anyway 6 months in the tank leak and the pump broke. I sent it to be repaired. Another 6 months and the tank is leaking again. I'm just going to use it dry, but really! Ugh. I have the $8 beauty from WalMart and another one around $15 from Shopko that doesn't shut off and they both work wonders. The only thing is I wish it has a stainless sole plate, but really they remind me to press and not iron.

    I also have a nice B&D digital advantage. If I'm listening to a book it's ok, but all that dang beeping while it shuts on and off is so annoying. It only has 15 minutes, but as I left it and went to fix dinner the other day... I'm thinking I should stick with the auto on and off. (lol)

    Oh... I did have the Rowenta Steam Generator... that is what they use at my LQS. Well, that dang thing blew a leak and water was coming out of the on/off button as well as everyplace else. I thought for sure it was going to catch fire and I pulled the plug.

    As for the Oliso, my friend went through 3 yellow ones and all the feet failed and burnt her ironing board up good. Thanks goodness she was in the room when it happened. She finally demanded her money back. She bought it at a show and they did pay up.

    I have yet to try the Reliables. I asked at a quilt shop we went to the other day and the lady said she didn't like them, but they worked. Since they start around $100, I'm thinking right now just sticking with cheapies.
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    I like the sounds of this iron....where did you get it and how much did it cost?
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    When my Rowenta died, it certainly didn't go to heaven. Think flames. I bought a Reliable Digital Velocity V100 iron. You can put it in the "no shut-off" mode, or leave it in the mode where it shuts off. It's 1800 watts, and built so that it cannot leak. The steam is fantastic, though I usually iron dry.

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    I have a Rowenta Powerglide 2 (no longer made). It has no auto-shut off. It steams well and heats up very quickly. I keep thinking it'll die so about 5 years ago I bought it's replacement model (Focus) when it was on sale at JoAnns. I haven't even turned on the Focus yet, as my Powerglide 2 is still going strong. I used to use it all the time but I do a lot of PP and it's too heavy for that. I discovered using a travel size Rowenta and it worked great but only lasted a couple years when the collapsible handle broke. At $40 I wasn't willing to go buy another one at that price. I went to Target and got a Rival for less than $8. I use it dry but it can steam. It's very light in weight so my wrist doesn't get tired using it for long periods.

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    [QUOTE=Phyldar;6082846]If you have a Big Lots nearby, check there. They often have name-brand irons and I have seen ones without the auto-shutoff there.[/QUOTE

    I would give serious second thoughts to Big Lots. I was surprised to find a Rowenta iron for $20 there so I bought it. The price should have been a clue but was not familiar with Big Lots. That thing not just dripped, the water just poured out as I used it. Then somebody pointed out to me that their appliances are "refurbished" items. Rebuilt from items that previously didn't work. Says so on the box but it didn't occur to me to read the box. I tried to take it back but they refused since I didn't have the receipt. Now I don't even look at their appliances. I thought that was bad customer service over $20 but the mgr. didn't seem to care. So be careful if you buy an appl. there.

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    I just purchased from my LQS a "Reliable" brand - digital velocity, and I love, love, love it, you need to read the instructions, it says only distilled water, and to hold down the right hand steam button until the light under the button
    goes out (about 5 seconds) and your iron will stay continually on at the temperature you want until you want to use it. It is a nice weight and you can use it dry or steam. I leave it on usually from 5 am until 2 am the next morning, and it goes through one of the measuring cups that comes with the iron. It says only babies drool and spit, and if you use
    distilled water your reliable will never do this.
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    My Rowenta does not have auto shut off and love it!!!! It is the Powerglide2, not sure if it is still out there for sale. Oh my goodness...this is an awesome deal....I paid alot more for mine!!!
    http://www.amazon.com/Rowenta-DM-253...a+Powerglide+2

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    All irons go to hell.

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    I have 3 rowentas and i am curious to know what you ladies mean " fire". I love mine and been with me for over 9 yrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Try the Oliso. 1800 watts, a long auto shut-off (which I love), a very long (12') cord. They're pricey ... but I think they're worth it.

    http://www.oliso.com/index.php/oliso...rs-sewers.html
    I love my Oliso. Took some getting use to by just letting go when done and not setting it up but I love it Like the extra long cord.
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    I purchase an 1800 watt Oliso for THAT PRICY COST! It has been less that 6 months and IT DOES NOT GET HOT ANYMORE!. So disappointed. I'm going to head to the $$ store, thanks for the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmany View Post
    I have 3 rowentas and i am curious to know what you ladies mean " fire". I love mine and been with me for over 9 yrs.
    Fire means "fire" with smoke and flames and stuff inside the iron sizzling and melting. I am done with Rowentas. The love affair is over.

    EDIT: Older Rs' may be totaly diferent from what they make today. Like two diferent animals.
    Last edited by ube quilting; 05-28-2013 at 04:27 PM.
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