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Thread: What do you think of using a DRY IRON (no steam holes)

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    Senior Member AtHomeSewing's Avatar
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    I ran across a source for a modern day DRY iron and wonder what you think of it as an alternative to our overly expensive, soon-to-be leaking irons for quilting? Dry irons have no steam holes, only a smooth sole plate. I prefer to starch or spray mist anyway. Just wondering if anyone uses anything like this?

    Here's a link to see the modern dry iron:

    http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/b...on/D/30100/P/1:100:1030:10340:101110/I/f06328?evar3=SEARCH

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    I don't use steam usually either. It is too easy to get blocks out of shape. I prefer dry and I use starch.

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    I much prefer a dry iron, as I was constantly burning myself, such as when folding binding and running my finger just in front of it. I think it does distort blocks too. I went to our charity shop last week and picked up a travel iron, for 3.50E :shock: It has a steam facility but I won't be using it. It is the perfect size for pressing seams between stitching :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    The site didn't say if it was an automatic turn off iron- which I think does not get as hot as the old regular irons. Even my new dry iron does not seem to get as hot as I would like.
    I noticed that too, and wondered about the turn off. What brand of dry iron do you use? I didn't know that they were made until I saw the one I mentioned in the original post.

    Thanks! :)

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    I just contacted the store's Live Help. The iron I posted a link to, has NO auto shut off, and it is 1,000 watts. I am tempted to get one, but would LOVE to know if there are any other brands of smooth soleplate irons available.



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    Quote Originally Posted by AtHomeSewing
    would LOVE to know if there are any other brands of smooth soleplate irons available.
    Hi, this is one I purchased. I love it (no more stretching out of shape), I think I read the review for it on this board in January.
    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...10000003+90043

    It is a continental platinum dry iron w/no auto-shut-off (and it gets HOT). It was $27+shipping. Delivered in three days. Very happy with it.

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    I think this is the same iron that home depot sells online ($26), called the Continental Platinum Classic Dry Iron. I zoomed in on both website pictures and both have Continental written on them. After Googling a bit, I think this may be the only dry iron around these days. At least, I couldn't find any other models.

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    Wow, that is the same iron, and I am so happy to hear that you love yours, I think I will order one!



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    I have a steam iron, but almost never use the steam. I usually iron with a dry iron.

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    I don;t use steam either, just use it dry. have a spray bottle with water and a few drops of vinegar, if I have a stubbon wrinkle :D

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    I was looking at all the 2nd hand places for a solid plate iron (before all the awful happenings in the last few weeks) but I hadn't found one. I looked at Lowe's, my favorite store other than my fabric stores. nada
    I finally bought one of the cheap little steam irons and have it for pressing my blocks, I have another bigger steam iron for ironing 'completed' articles (notice I didn't use the 'f' word??)

    My LQS store owner told me a long time ago that a solid plate worked better for piecing. I resisted because I like the smell of the steam on the cotton blocks. But I know it distorts horribly, so I bought this little iron. NOW I see that they are available very reasonably at Home Depot. Who'dathunkit? I will buy my mother's day gift next week after the Roy shindig is over. lol lol

    Hugs

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    I always have a hard time getting the wrinkles out of my fabric. I thought using steam would help take care of the wrinkles, but it doesn't. I'll be looking for a solid plate iron.

    Thanks for the Home Depot link.

    Does anyone have one? Do they get hot enough to take out the wrinkles?

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    I have 3 irons and all of them have a setting for either steam or dry. One is a Rowenta. I think most irons today allow using either way.

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