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Thread: What's the best iron for piecing quilts?

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    Super Member Lyncat's Avatar
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    I have a Rowenta that's about 18 months old. Yesterday is starting leaking water big time. I looked online and read horrible reviews, so I think I'll be buying a new iron today before I ruin my pink and white hearts baby quilt. Should I just go back to a cheap black and decker? sigh...

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    Yep. The cheapest black and decker you can find!! I have a EuroSteam that cost over $200 and I love it for most things, but for piecing? I definately prefer my $12.00 B&D!!

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    I had the same experience....I just get inexpensive irons and when they die get another. Can't see paying for the high price ones and not getting good service.....just me and my opinion.

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    yes you should and you should contact the company about the leaking. They believe it is the most wonderful iron made and it never malfunctons. I know this from talking with one of the big dudes from the company. Yell loudly..

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    I have used the cheap irons from Wal-Mart for years. I have no problem with them. When they wear out or break, I just go get another. The one I am using now is about 3 years old and still working good.

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    it took me longer to learn the leason i went through 3 rowentas before i got the message (brand name blindness) LOL now i only buy at thrift stores and keep what i like and toss the rest.

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    I recently posted about my favorite little iron. It's great for piecing because it's so light-weight, but it still gets nice and hot and has steam, too. I've had this iron for about three years now, paid about $25.00 for it (Amazon) and just love it! No troubles with leaking or anything. I don't know about the rest of you, but when I have to hoist a heavy iron for every little seam I have to press, it gets tiring and my shoulder starts hurting so bad. I have a regular (cheap) iron for pressing my fabric before I cut, but I use this little gem for everything else. Several of my quilting friends bought one, too, and they also love it. Here's the link: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-149312-1.htm

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    I spurged and got an Oliso. I love it. Would never use any other iron after getting spoiled by this one.

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    I use the cheap ones from Walmart. I find that if I have a spare iron in the closet, the one I'm using will last longer. I hate having to run out at midnight to get an iron.

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    I use a $20 cheapie Shark iron from Target. I've had it for 2 years and it is great. I've blown through a Rowenta high dollar iron (it died the day after the warranty was up) and a high dollar Maytag that lasted a year. I'm just not going to invest in the expensive ones anymore.

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    My all time favorite is a Rival I bought at Walmart for $9.99 (I actually paid $7.99 - it was on sale). It's hotter than most, doesn't have the auto shut-off, is super lightweight and is small enough to haul to class!!!!

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    It's so hard to find irons without auto-shut off.

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    I have a Black and Decker Digital Advantage. The leaky Rowenta is in the closet. Use the search function and there will be many, many other recommendations.

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    I have a shark which I love. I am currently working on a log cabin quilt. I asked here what the thoughts of using a travel iron. I have one which is smaller then a reg iron, so you might want to try one.

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    Best kind of iron for anything is the kind that doesn't turn itself off! Mine really, really irritates me! I'm on a mission to find one without auto shutoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Best kind of iron for anything is the kind that doesn't turn itself off! Mine really, really irritates me! I'm on a mission to find one without auto shutoff.
    Can you let me know when you find one? I also hate that feature.

    Connie from Mass

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    Several of my quilting friends bought one, too, and they also love it. Here's the link: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-149312-1.htm


    Wow! I just purchased this little iron at JoAnn's a few days ago, it was regular $29.00 but with coupon it was $15.00, I'm anxious to give it try with a quilt-as-you-go table runner.
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    I recently bought the smaller of the two shark irons to replace the 15 year old oddlots 5.00 iron I dropped and broke, I absolutly love it, it gets very hot and if you use steam it is unbeleivable. It was around 20 bucks.

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    Unless you are sending the Rowenta to be repaired, why don't you use it as a dry iron and save the expense of buying a new iron?

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    I like my "expensive" Shark (comparatively) but use a cheapo for fusible so I don't mess it up.

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    I have a Rowenta that I have had over 10 years, it has been dropped and the thing where the water squirts out is cracked. I don't know how many times it has been knocked off the ironing board and it still works fine. I would let them know about your problem. I don't know what the warranty is on one , I found a new iron at the goodwill store and I use it beside my sewing machine when piecing and use the Rowenta when I have the iron the backings and other things. It is still on my ironing board. Good luck to you .
    Quote Originally Posted by Lyncat
    I have a Rowenta that's about 18 months old. Yesterday is starting leaking water big time. I looked online and read horrible reviews, so I think I'll be buying a new iron today before I ruin my pink and white hearts baby quilt. Should I just go back to a cheap black and decker? sigh...

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    I ended up buying a cheap Sunbeam iron today at Target because I needed one today. My husband took the Rowenta apart and tried to make it better (he's good at that) but when he put it all back together it still leaked. I might use it for a dry iron, except I read online a lot of stories about fire coming out of the end with the cord and it scared me a little.

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    I've had the same Black and Decker for over 35 years , is still going strong used every day... base plate is showing signs of wear
    though (duh!) been looking for a new one for the past 2 years .... they are all horrible. wouldn't waste money on them.
    If I have to I will buy the cheapest B&D , NO coated base plate they wear out way too fast ..just my 2 cents

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    so glad for the timing of this, my good iron with auto shut off died this weekend. Dropped 10 too many times I guess, backing out of my sewing machine chair and bumping the ironing board. Tore up the very old carpet, so now the concrete floor threatens to destroy the one I dug out of the closet from my hubby before we got married. I have solved the problem of this one not having auto shut off, I have it plugged into a power strip with a lamp. We both know if the light is on down there, the iron is still on, so hopefully we won't go to bed with the iron still on anymore. We've been lucky too many times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Best kind of iron for anything is the kind that doesn't turn itself off! Mine really, really irritates me! I'm on a mission to find one without auto shutoff.
    If and when found, please let us know. I've been looking for one also.

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