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Thread: What iron do you use?

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    What iron do you use?

    I am debating whether it would be worth it to get a special iron just for quilting. I use a Black & Decker for general ironing, and it does fine for my sewing (at least, I think it does- I'm a newbie to quilting, and I have nothing to which to compare it). My question is- is it worth it to get a "special" sewing iron, like a Rowenta (or any other brand you may suggest)? What are the benefits? Thank you!

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    I bought an expensive iron from a quilt show vendor called the EuroSteam. I like the fact that it doesn't sit up on end like most irons. It rests on a Teflon pad and doesn't shut off after a few minutes like most. This saves alot of wrist action. I have carpel tunnel, and anything that minimizes wrist movements is worth it to me.

    The one I had before this is an inexpensive Shark. It worked fine too.

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    I have a black and decker that I use just in my sewing room. My husband has another iron he uses just for his dress shirts (he has his own board as well) because he uses heavy starch, which leaves a residue on the iron and the board cover....
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    I love my Black and Decker with the long cord. Have had it a long time, however, it just started shutting off while ironing and I can't get it to stay on. So today it found it's way into the trash and I will go get another.....probably another Black & Decker.
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    I had a B&D for over 25 years which I loved, until it started to drip rusty water. Oh well...

    I bought a Rowenta made in Germany. It puts out a lot of steam - almost too much. It's hard to control on my model - at one setting - too much, at the next lower setting, not enough. I would not buy it again. It doesn't leak as lots of people have mentioned but it makes a lot of funny noises.

    Our LQS uses Sunbeam irons. If I had to buy a new one, I'd look at them. Check Consumer Reports as well. You don't have to spend a fortune. If you decide on a Rowenta, Bed Bath and Beyond will let you use a 20% off coupon on them.

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    If you like the iron you're using, then there's no reason to get another. Some people love their Rowenta, others (including me) had major problems and poor service with them. Lots of people buy irons at thrift stores. I have the Reliable Digital Velocity iron now. I think it's largely personal preference.

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    If you are happy with your current iron then I agree with dunster - keep going with it. After all, you could buy fabric or some other quilty stuff with whatever money you might spend on a new iron ...

    I love my Rowenta. It replaced a light weight plastic Sunbeam about 8 years ago. I've not had any problems with the Rowenta but it is noticeably heavier than the Sunbeam. I like the additional weight but I realize heavier irons are not an option when one has carpal tunnel or other arm/shoulder/wrist/hand injuries or issues.

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    I have an ancient GE. It has a cloth covered cord. It's heavy and it gets hotter on the cotton setting than most new irons get on linen. I bought it NIB about 6 years ago from ebay. If I was going to buy a new iron I'd hunt for an iron with a polished, stainless sole plate and no steam.

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    I use a B & D Classic. Have had it for years, and love it. Tho I am thinking of adding an iron with a solid sole plate to my sewing area, for a few special projects.
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    I went to Consumer Report to find out which was the best iron to get and it was the Black and Decker Plancha Digital advantage. They said it did a much better job than the more expensive brands. I ordered it from Amazon and it is excellent. For my steaming jobs, holds a nice amount of water and it does automatically shut off when not in use. Now, it does come back on really quickly, if I have been sewing, it will shut down but by the time I remove the pins and get the piece ready to sew, it is back on. Love it.
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    I use a Black & Decker, from WalMart. No complaints. I had a more expensive iron, several years ago, and it ended up leaking. It was probably my fault, for leaving water sitting in it . . . but I refuse to empty the iron, each and every time I use it. So far, the B&D has outlasted the more expensive one (and I still leave water in it).

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    I use an inexpensive Sunbeam that I originally purchased refurbished from BigLots for less than $20 twenty-five years ago. It has three steam settings and turns itself off after 15 minutes of inactivity. Don't know what I'm going to do if it ever dies.
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    I really appreciate all of the advice! I'm so thankful for all of you who respond- I'm new to this, and I love having you all as virtual mentors!! Thank you!!

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    I've been using a Panasonic cordless iron for the past few years. The way my sewing area is set up there isn't much room, so this is a great feature to have. The only down side I can think of is it is much lighter than older models.

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    I used an Elio and a Rowenta but now just use the black & decker, works just great
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    I used a B&D for many many years and used it for quilting. The steam feature was not reliable and rusty so I just spritzed and it was fine.
    I just "upgraded" to the flat-iron no-steam $29 special iron BellaBoo recommended and it is great- no holes for steam, so better than the old one. Nice shiny surface.
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    Reliable Velocity. Had a Rowenta, but it spit. I use a cover for the sole plate if I want to make a mess. So far so good with the Reliable. I worked in a cleaners as a kid and knew how to use the steam press.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    If you like the iron you're using, then there's no reason to get another. Some people love their Rowenta, others (including me) had major problems and poor service with them. Lots of people buy irons at thrift stores. I have the Reliable Digital Velocity iron now. I think it's largely personal preference.
    I, like Dunster, have a Reliable Digital Velocity. It has 2 heating elements, so you can have steam at any temperature setting. It also has a way to make it stay on while you are working without shutting off after a few minutes. That always bugged me about the safety settings on others. I usually would have to start it up again when I went back to do some pressing. My personal taste is to have an iron with a smooth sole plate so that it moves easily over the fabric.

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    I like a smooth sole plate, but I don't like the residue from Stitch Witchery, Steam-a-Seam and some starch I use for making entredeux all over the sole plate.

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    stay with a cheap iron. I use a 25.00 black and decker. Had a rowena and it just ends up dripping and spitting.

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    I've bought expensive irons and cheap ones. The problem with ALL of them is if they have steam..they eventually leak. I finally got so frustrated that I searched for a Dry Iron. Its been wonderful and easy to clean without having to worry about the steam holes. If I need steam I keep a spray bottle close. I found mine online for $25.
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    I keep a little craft iron, maybe 4" long, on my sewing table, expecially when I am paper piecing. I think I got it at Michaels and it is perfect for pressing blocks in progress. I have a positively ancient Sunbeam that I love and use for everything else. Someone on here a few days ago said that her Rowenta caught on fire and burned her. I've not heard too many good things about them. I'd rather spend my money on fabric!

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    I have a Rowenta, a Sunbeam Steam Master, and a smaller Black and Decker steam iron. I like the Sunbeam Steam Master the best, right amount of steam and size and holder. The smaller Black and Decker I have in the motorhome and use when on the road. Now, I got a wild hair last year and decided I just had to have this Rowenta. So now I have it and I still use my Sunbeam, I think the Rowenta has too much steam. But I got what I wanted! LOL

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