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Thread: Quilting Iron

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    I know we talked about this topic before, but I can't find it :cry: I was at JA yesterday and all they carried was Rowanta brand. I do remember you all saying that was not a good brand. I don't want the little ittsy bittsy iron. I guess it's more the size of a "travel iron" and I want my $$ to buy an iron that will last. Thank you all!

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    I have a Rowanta Iron and have had no problems with it

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    I don't think I'll ever buy another Rowenta...I've had nothing but problems with them leaking. Kohl's is always happy to exchange them for me. I've had this latest one for about 5 months now and it's already giving me problems. I don't know what I'll buy next though. I'm curious how many other people have problems with theirs.

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    I had my first Rowenta for about 7 years and have had this one for about 3 years now.
    I love it!

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    My Rowenta is probably 12 years old and I love it. Maybe the new ones aren't being made as well anymore? They used to be the best irons on the market.

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    I like my Rowenta just fine. It is about 10 years old. But I am going to try a Shark when this one goes, just because I have a travel shark that I love and not as expensive as a Rowenta.

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    I believe like Candace that things are just not made the way they use to be. I wonder where the Rowanta irons are made. I would be very surprised if they were made in the USA! Shaverg, I haven't heard the Shark brand before. Where did you purchase yours?

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    I think I'm going to try to get to our library and see if Consumer's Report ever did an article on Rowanta irons.

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    Aren't they made in Germany? I don't have the box it came in anymore.

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    Actually the shark was given to be by my MIL, she got it as a gift for buying a shark. But you can purchase them at Walmart. They use to be a catalog item, but are now carried in many stores.
    Quote Originally Posted by PBS
    I believe like Candace that things are just not made the way they use to be. I wonder where the Rowanta irons are made. I would be very surprised if they were made in the USA! Shaverg, I haven't heard the Shark brand before. Where did you purchase yours?

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    Thanks, ladies! I'll do some more research and let you know what I find out!

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    i have the Rowenta that doesn't shut off automatically.

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    The first Rowenta that I bought, around 2 years ago, spits and leaks, but I purchased a second one (different MODEL) on clearance at JoAnns for around $15 dollars, and this one works like a dream! Must be certain models!

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    Spitting/leaking irons is the bane of my existence!!! No matter the iron, after 2 or 3 months they start spitting and soon leaking to the point where I couldn't put any water in them. Soooooo I made the decision to buy a cheap steam iron w/auto shut off and use it until it starts to leak then throw it away and go get another one. I'm talking cheap - $19.99 at WalMart.

    BTW - the last iron that went in the trash was a Shark. I like the way it steamed. It just didn't last long.

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    I have used a rowenta for 4 years now, and have nothing bad to say about it. I like the automatic shutoff. The iron I had prior to this one did not get hot enough to do a good job of pressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyg
    Spitting/leaking irons is the bane of my existence!!! No matter the iron, after 2 or 3 months they start spitting and soon leaking to the point where I couldn't put any water in them. Soooooo I made the decision to buy a cheap steam iron w/auto shut off and use it until it starts to leak then throw it away and go get another one. I'm talking cheap - $19.99 at WalMart.

    BTW - the last iron that went in the trash was a Shark. I like the way it steamed. It just didn't last long.
    I agree buy a cheap one. Mine don't last long, no matter how much I pay.

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    The best iron I've ever had is a Black and Decker Steam Advantage (I think it was Steam Advantage). Wal-mart has them for $20 - $25

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    My Rowenta Pro is 5 or 6 years old now and works fine. Love the powerful shot of steam for squaring up blocks, and the auto shutoff has me spoiled. I would need a while to get used to one that did not shut off.

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    The last time I was in Walmart I saw that they had the shark iron that I paid over a hundred for at my LQS.

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    Didn't have a chance to get to the library this afternoon because I was sitting in front of this computer! I went to a place: www.wize.com and put in: "steam irons for quilting". I am now TOTALLY confused!!

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    Are you satisfied with your Shark?

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    I have 3 Rowenta's and love them all.

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    I'm with Kitty. Have had the B & D Digital Advantage for years, recommended by Consumer Reports. It has consistant steam, which is very important to me, and a reasonable price. I only use distilled water and it has never 'spit'. Would buy another one.
    Mary Ellen

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    I saw Mark Lipinski do an iron demonstration online, and the iron he recommended was the Reliable V100 Digital Velocity Iron.

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    A BIG "thank you" to all of you for your great comments and suggestions! I'm going to check out the several brands you recommended and I'll let you know which iron I get. Thanks again, you're all great friends :-D

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