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    reliable velocity iron question

    Does anyone have any input about these irons. They are expensive so I am wondering if they are really worth the money. I like that you can bypass the auto shutoff and they say no leaking or spitting so I can't decide whether or not to buy one. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks. Jennifer

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    I can't help with that brand iron but for Christmas I got a Panasonic cordless iron and love it!! I used my backup the other day because it was handy and quickly got annoyed with the cord! I have no issues with spitting or leaking. I found it on amazon for cheaper then listed here.

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=31-98949990-2

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    I just got the Velocity V100 last month and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

    Got mine as a mfg. refurbished on ebay.

    The V100 is digital which is WHY I purchased it I only like digital irons now.
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    My iron gets used for fusible web. No matter how careful, that stuff multiplies in the strangest places. With friends using it, it really gets dirty. How easy is this iron to clean? How long does it last? We all have different priorities.

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    I love love my velocity 100. Got it about a year ago. Best one I ever had. Doesn't spit or leak & is heavy like I like. You won't be sorry with this one.

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    Fairly easy to clean the sole plate. I use Rowenta's cleaner. Haven't yet figured out how to get into smaller areas.
    Love the iron. Doesn't spit, puts out a lot of steam. To keep the sole plate clean, I bought a teflon cover that is held over the sole plate by springs. That puts paid to any mess.

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    I have one and love it. Good adjustable steam, weight, nice point for getting those narrow seams to lie flat.
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    I have had to send mine in twice for repair ( to Canada $ postage) they said each time it had blown the fuse. I think I figured out what caused that to happen - I think. I have it plugged into a power strip and I used that to turn it off and on. Now I make sure I turn the iron off before I push the button on the strip. Hasnt happened again. I think the surge of turning it on with the strip caused the fuse to blow. It is very powerful electrically. I have to be careful what else I have plugged in in the sewing room. It also puts out a lot of heat. It could almost pass as a space heater! I cant use it in the summer. Its my winter iron! Works great. Because of the incredible steam, it has to be refilled often.

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    I have a beautiful Rowenta.... aaaahhhh what a pleasure to use. I must really love it I've been pressing all scraps today. It makes it so much easier to see what I have.

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    I haven't had mine a full month yet only used it a few times.

    But I totally LOVE the "generator" for the steaming. Plus the
    1800w it has.

    Haven't gotten the sole plate messy yet so I can't answer that
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    Easy to clean any iron with Sharon Schambers you tube video. She uses a magic eraser. Works like a charm!

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    I have one, and I do like it. (I previously had a Rowenta - will never buy another! The service was terrible on that iron.) I had a slight problem with the Digital Velocity iron, talked to them, and they sent me another iron. I didn't even have to return the first one!!! I bought mine refurbished on eBay at a good price - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Reliable-V10...item53f641f10f

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    I have the blue one. You have to be a little careful when you fill it's, kind of hard to see...but I really like it!

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    My friend Cindi and her mother both owned Reliables, and after her mom passed, Cindi sent her Reliable to me. How I love that iron. If I ever drop it, you can bet I'm going to purchase another.

    Cindi did a post on our blog with a review of it, but I'm not allowed to post links to my own blog.

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    Mine became a paperweight...spit & leaked...no, poured, from day one. I'm sticking to cheapies.
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    I've heard good and bad on them. read reviews online. also beware of Rowentas. they have been said to catch fire. mine blew out my power cord when I turned it on. my Shark just went crazy. melted the plastic button thing on the iron rest that was supposed to protect the iron from getting scratched on the rest. sigh. I just bought a Black and Decker and registered it. they guarantee men's tools forever. hopefully they will the iron too.

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    I took a class with Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Design, and he loves the Reliable iron. He said the company has replaced his iron 3 times. From the reading I've done on this, the nice thing is that you can have the temperature on the sole plate low and still have a lot of steam, because the iron has separate heating elements (or something like that).

    I don't usually use steam. I either spritz my fabric with water or Best Press (depending on what kind of crispness I want my fabric to have). I use a Continental iron, which is a steamless iron with a solid soleplate. I purchased it because I had started doing fusible applique and was frustrated by the little steam holes that I kept missing when I was fusing. I purchased the Continental on Amazon.com for around $40.

    For the problem with getting the fusible off your iron, I have found that used fabric softener sheets (the non-woven, not the spongy kind) work great. Let the iron cool off a little and iron over used fabric softener sheets. It takes it right off. If you have fusible on your ironing board, place the used sheet on the ironing board and press.

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    My Reliable Velocity roars when I hit the steam button, but the on/off buttons are in a bad location. They are located right at the top of the handle and I'm constantly accidently pushing them off all the time. So the next time I go to use the Reliable Velocity iron it's cold and I have to wait for it to warm up! I can't get use to the buttons being located at the top of the handles - I've had the iron for a few years and I still turn it off all the time.

    So I bought a new, a little more expensive iron, that houses the water in a tank, and I love it. It's a DeLonghi and the iron is very lightweight and I can iron for so much longer now. I have much more steam and my hand never gets tired of ironing. It's like dry ironing because there is no water in the iron itself, only in the tank!
    Last edited by jcrow; 06-27-2013 at 07:10 AM.
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    I don't know about that kind of iron, but I'll tell you that I bought an "American" brand from Target a month ago and the first time I used it I got a mild shock. I took it back soooo fast. It was made in China. Quality control just is not there in China, in poor Bangladesh or many of these developing countries (besides the immorality of not protecting their workers). I lived in Asia for years and loved it, but they are trying to cut too many corners in their development (management greed is a real issue!). I think Japan and South Korea are reliable, but the rest are still struggling. From now on I buy only from countries that are realiable. To get a shock from a brand new iron is just too much!
    Last edited by Sierra; 06-27-2013 at 07:19 AM.

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    I bought the Reliable iron a couple of years ago. I never go to use it much as my DD borrowed it and still has it. It must be good as she won't keep any household item that messes up one time.
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