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Thread: What type of Iron is best?

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    What type of Iron is best?

    I am new to quilting and I don't have alot of money to buy alot of new things ( I would rather buy material) so I have been using the iron I already had at home, it is a pretty cheap lightweight iron. Does the type of iron matter? I would say my iron does an ok job, nothing fantastic. Would spending money on a better iron be benificial? I starting using spray sizing but am thinking about trying starch instead so does the iron really matter? Any thoughts would be appreicated!

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    I bought a German one here that I'm going to miss when I go back to the states. I had a Rowenta in the states and it leaked something awful after I had it for years I read reviews and most people had that problem so don't invest in rowenta. Sorry I couldn't be more help! Someone else will probably have a must buy option.
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    One of the things that I have seen on known Quilter's websites and also in their lectures is that spending a lot of money on an iron is a waste. They say if you want steam buy a cheap iron and a spray bottle for water. Almost every iron leaks after a while expecially the ones on the market now. I have a Reliable and spent more than I should have, but that was before I saw the other views/comments. I think all you need is an iron that gets hot. Buy one try it and if you don't like it return it for a different one.

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    Try using the search feature. We have had many discussions and opinions on what everyone likes/dislikes.

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    How about 2 irons and neither of them expensive. A steam iron and an iron that isn't steam. That way only one will ever become incontinent. Add to these a good pressing cloth of sheet and an ironing surface and you are ready to go.

    You can get some nice irons at estate sales or thrift shops.

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    Yes I do think it matters because some don't get hot enough to me. I think the heat to me is the most important. I have used other irons cheaper brands, other than my rowenta, and honestly haven't cared for any of them. I am interested in the oliso's but they get mixed reviews. if you do get a rowenta which are pricey just make sure its a german ones, the mexican and china made ones are the ones that get so many horrible reviews. I'm sure you can find a cheap off brand. I would just look for one that heats up fast if its an automatic shut off, and one that delivers good heat and steam

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    I went to our local Habitate for Humanity Restore store and bought a vintage GE iron, Heavy, super super hot and there is no spitting of water. Cost 2 bucks!!!!

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    I think your iron will be just fine. Mine have been lasting about 2-3 years with heavy use. Now I make sure that the darn thing isn't too heavy and that its reviews are OK. I had one that didn't have automatic shutoff and I became totally paranoid about shutting my iron off. Now I have a Shark with automated shutoff. It may be a little annoying to wait at times but I'd rather that than burn the house down.
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    If your present iron is working well, don't waste money on a new one. I moved all my quilting from my house out to my shed and took my old Black and Decker travel iron with me. It has a stainless steel surface, get very hot, and I bought it on Ebay a few years back for under $10. I also use a Black and Decker steam iron in the house for ironing clothing. I recommend using starch, particularly if you pre-wash. I use either Magic Sizing or StaFlo (1part starch and 2 parts water) in a spray bottle. StaFlo is the cheaper way to go.

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    If your present iron is working well, don't waste money on a new one. I moved all my quilting from my house out to my shed and took my old Black and Decker travel iron with me. It has a stainless steel surface, get very hot, and I bought it on Ebay a few years back for under $10. I also use a Black and Decker steam iron in the house for ironing clothing. I recommend using starch, particularly if you pre-wash. I use either Magic Sizing or StaFlo (1part starch and 2 parts water) in a spray bottle. StaFlo is the cheaper way to go.

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    I bought an Oliso and it is not worth the money. I like an iron to be hot, but one of my old ones was so hot it scorched my fabric! I now use Best Press with the Oliso when it does not seem to do a good enough job. In hindsight, I would have been better off spending $ on cheap irons; they last long enough and then are easy to replace!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstringz View Post
    One of the things that I have seen on known Quilter's websites and also in their lectures is that spending a lot of money on an iron is a waste. They say if you want steam buy a cheap iron and a spray bottle for water. Almost every iron leaks after a while expecially the ones on the market now. I have a Reliable and spent more than I should have, but that was before I saw the other views/comments. I think all you need is an iron that gets hot. Buy one try it and if you don't like it return it for a different one.
    I also have a Reliable and really like it. It gets very hot, and I have the scar to prove it! One thing that is really important to me is a soleplate that moves smoothly over the fabric. I always wash my fabric, so I need an iron that doesn't drag over large expanses of fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylviak View Post
    If your present iron is working well, don't waste money on a new one.
    My thoughts exactly. You will be buying another one when this one dies, anyway, so just wait.

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    I have gone through several irons and was never happy, the Rowenta leaked all over the place, and others didn't get hot enough for me. Last summer, I broke down and bought a Reliable iron and finally I have an iron that works well. Too bad I don't have that old GE I got as a wedding shower gift 30 years ago- it went in a garage sale before I knew better.

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    I have a Shark, got it at Best Buy for $25 dollars. Nothing too fancy but gets the job done. I don't think I could ever see myself spending more than that on an iron.

    I have to agree with Sylviak and Justflingin--if you have one all ready wait till it dies, that iron money could be used for more fabric. :-)

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    I seldom use steam. I figure starch or sizing will do the same as stream. I can see steam coming off the fabric when I spray and press it. I bought a non steam iron, solid sole plate, no holes. It's heavy and cost under $30. I ordered it here: http://www.always-free-shipping.com/...-dry-iron.html
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    I love my Rowenta and I also have a EuroSteam Iton (the expensive one demoed at major quilt shows). I love them both....but I will admit I never dreamed I'd spend the money I did on the EuroSteam one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingCrazie View Post
    I bought a German one here that I'm going to miss when I go back to the states. I had a Rowenta in the states and it leaked something awful after I had it for years I read reviews and most people had that problem so don't invest in rowenta. Sorry I couldn't be more help! Someone else will probably have a must buy option.
    Rachel, take it with you! Don't leave it if you like it.

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    I bought a cheap one at Walgreens, like it better than my Rowents, so gave it away. Welcome.
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    Smile Cheap Iron

    I bought a cheap one at Walgreens, like it better than my Rowenta, so gave it away. Welcome.
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