Thursday, April 11, 2013

R. I. P. dear Iron

The other day I had some friends over to sew.  I worked on my patchwork chair covers, and they made camera straps.  Good times!

something new!

So, Erin was pressing hers and said, "Well, I can see this iron gets a lot of use".  She's new to sewing.  I remember that - how you realize the iron and the sewing machine are best buddies.  Anyhoo, right after that I went to press my patchwork and got a puddle of water for my trouble.  Yep, the iron went kaput.  And, as is its habit, pressing when it's off means the steam water just comes right out. 

R.I.P. dear iron

I went through all stages of grief.  Denial - let's try this again and again.  Really, more water is coming out?  Anger - but, I want to press this seam, darn it!  Bargaining - what if I give you a time out and try again in the morning?  Will you work for me then, dear iron?  Depression - My interim iron sucks.  Won't even press seams flat on its hottest setting.  Acceptance - time to buy a new iron.  At least it will be shiny.  I should ask my friends!

In conclusion, I need a new iron.  What do you recommend?  I tried the Oliso iron at QuiltCon and found it entertaining, if nothing else.  Don't really think I need the retractable feet, but the color is nice.  I like a hot iron that puts out lots of steam and, ideally, has a detachable water tank so you can walk with the water tank to the sink, leaving the iron plugged in.

Any ideas?

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  1. It must be an epidemic - seeing more irons thru blogland going off to iron heaven. Mine won't steam anymore (kitties on a rumpous) and I love steam. I bought a Shark - super steam and HOT!! Found one on sale for $29.

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    1. My Shark lasted less than 13 months, leaked water, so I never put water in it, and had to never use steam - a common problem I find with most irons WATER LEAKING and they don't get hot enough to get out wrinkles even with tons of mist from my plastic mister bottle and/or starch.
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  2. I bought my mom the oliso a few years ago (we also liked the feet). She still uses it but I find that it doesn't really get as hot as I would like, by no means terrible, but I felt like you were paying for the feet functionality and the iron itself was just average. I don't have a great answer though, I have a generic walmart type iron which is ok, but my favorite iron is a rowenta travel iron I inherited with my BF. It gets super hot and doesn't have an auto shut off (two things I like). I don't use it for steam though, (I always just use a spray bottle if I want steam) so I don't know about leaking and it's pretty small for pressing large yardage. I've never had a full size rowenta though and never bought one so don't know whether the price is worth it. Good luck!!

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  3. I have a small Rowenta iron that my mother gave to me when I first started sewing and I love it! I am really curious to see what others recommend.

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  4. I have a rowenta and it has a detatchable tank. I love it. I think it was around 50 dollars.

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  5. I have a Panasonic iron that I like, but I LOVE my mom's heavy workhorse Black & Decker iron. It gets really hot and the weight of it helps with the pressing. I admit that I'd probably get annoyed with it if I used it all the time because it's so heavy, though.

    I liked the Oliso at QuiltCon too...it's probably what I'll end up buying when my Panasonic bites it.

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  6. I love ironing using my Oliso. Particularly when you have tons of patchwork pieces to iron. You can just leave it there between two pieces and not worry about burning the ironing board. But, I also find that it doesn't get hot enough.

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  7. To funny... I won a Hamilton Beach Durathon Digital Iron from Cherished Bliss last October and let me tell you....me and my husband love that iron like it's one of our children. Best iron we have ever ever ever had. Gets hot, steams like crazy, not to heavy, not to light...LOVE IT! It went to iron heaven this morning, thought my husband was going to have a panic attack. I have emailed Hamilton Beach to see what they say since it certainly should be within the one year warranty.

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  8. I hate to say it, but I helped out in a workshop on the sunday at quiltcon and two out of the seven irons in the room were already broken. I'm not sure they are particularly reliable.

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  9. I'm not crazy about the reputation I've heard the Oliso has (pretty low reviews on Amazon), but as far as I've been able to research, it's the only iron with an auto shut-off longer than 10 minutes. I currently have a Reliable Velocity and it's one big waste of money. The thing that drives me the most crazy about it is the 8-minute auto shut-off. It's heavy and gets hot and steams well, but that shut-off is just a HUGE time waster! I am constantly waiting for it to heat back up (which also, by the way, takes forever). Once this one goes dead I'll probably buy an Oliso. I liked them at Quiltcon and would love an iron that gives me 30 minutes before shutting off.

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    1. Mine has an override setting for that feature. Bet yours does too.

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    2. I have a Reliable Velocity. Hold down the steam button (bottom right-hand button) for a few seconds until it beeps. Turns off the auto shut-off.

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  10. I bought a Reliable V50 (Velocity) iron from IHAN. I love my lean orange steam making machine! Love it! It has a separate steam maker, so you can get steam at any temp!

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  11. I have a full-size Rowenta. I didn't just buy it for sewing, though; it's a family iron. But we wanted a good-quality iron because we knew it'd get a lot of use. I love it. It puts out a TON of steam. I'd love a detachable tank; that's the only drawback. But I've never had an iron that put out as much steam as this one does.

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  12. i just bought a black and decker digital iron and i like it so far except for the annoying beeping sounds. it puts out a lot of steam and it's quite heavy. my wrists hurt less because i don't need to push down as hard. it doesn't have a detachable water thingie but it does come with a water filler doo-dad with a spout. and it's fairly inexpensive as far as irons go. i'm not a big believer in spending $$$ on irons because they don't last. kind of like sunglasses.

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    1. seriously, sunglasses. I will not pay more than $15 for a pair of sunglasses, bc I cannot get too attached.

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  13. After seriously considering the Oliso, then reading all the horrendous reviews on Amazon and realizing the only thing that makes it so pricey is the pop up thing and not superior pressing quality, I went with a Black & Decker (might be the same one that knottygnome refers to, it does have a loud beep!). This one to be exact: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-D2030-Auto-Off-Advantage/dp/B0006ZUHR0

    I've had it for 4 months now and it gets heavy use. No complaints at all. I really like it. I like that the fabric selector is digital and it tells me when it's hot enough to use. I like that it has auto-off because sometimes I forget to unplug it (oops). It's heavy enough to do the job, but not so heavy that I feel like I'm lugging around a ton of bricks.

    I'd like to note, also, that I've never put water in it. If I need water/steam, I use a separate spray bottle. I read somewhere that putting water in an iron is the worst thing you can ever do, even when they're obviously "made" to put water in. I don't use steam a lot so it hasn't been an inconvenience.

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    1. Also, if it shuts itself off, you just push the button again and it heats right back up, super fast. I'm very impatient and I can't say I've ever stood around tapping my foot waiting for it.

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  14. 1st iron was a Black and Decker Quick N' Easy. Loved it. But it died.
    2nd iron was a Reliable V100 or something close to that. Too big, too fussy.
    3rd iron was an Oliso. The lift feature drove me nuts and the spots where the little feet go, caught on my fabric.
    4th iron was the Black and Decker Classic Iron. The one that looks retro. LOVE IT! It's heavy, but not huge. It gets so hot that I don't even have to use steam to press. Auto shut off as well. Only down side is the outside of the iron gets hot - but it has not been an issue for me.

    Good luck!

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  15. I have a Black and Decker D2030. It has a digital readout that shows you what level setting you're on, and a handy push-button to change temperature (instead of those annoying wheels). The water tank is very big, and it comes with a container that has a spout for filling your water tank (which you shouldn't have to do very often). It has a nice weight to it, heavy enough where you don't have to press down to get a flat seam, but not so heavy that your arm gets sore. The steam is pretty uniform, and there's lots of it. It does shut itself off after it's been idle for a while. It doesn't turn all the way off, just turns the temperature down to a non-scalding setting (that means it heats back up to your hot setting in seconds when you get started again, but makes it relatively safe if someone bumps into it by accident).

    I actually looked into getting your Panasonic with the retractable cord, but opted for the B&D because I thought the cord mechanism would probably eventually break on me, and the brand was less established than B&D. I would highly recommend the one I have for your next iron. It's been going a year strong, and it's just the same as the day I unpacked it.

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  16. Oh, Rachel, that's too bad and always it happens just you are working! I'm very happy with Rowenta. There are many possibilities - choose one who gives lots of steam (I don't know if all irons tell this but at Rowenta there is a number who tells how much steam in grammaria it gives). Mine doesn't have removable water tank, but it wasn't very expensive, so I guess you can find that too. I bought this iron last summer and stayed with Rowenta because I really liked my old one which I had perhaps 10 years. I never have the steam on full because it gives so much steam! Good luck! x Teje

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  17. Love my Black and Decker Classic F67E. I haven't killed it yet and I've had it over two years. That's good for me.

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  18. After going through several irons in the last few years, I've decided to stick with Rowentas. They have their problems, but I like the way they heat quickly and the heavy weight of them - good steam too.

    Since I always leave the water in them (directions say to empty it after every use, hahaha), I have decided to just accept that I'll probably need to buy a new one every year.

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  19. I have been using the same Rowenta (P2 Professional) for close to 20 years. When It dies, I will purchase another Rowenta. Mine doesn't have a detachable water tank, but that would be nice feature.

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  20. Heading into my second year with the top (yellow) Oliso and love it. Love the 30 min shut off. Love the not having to pick it up. It's not as hot or steamy as the high end Rowenta, but I was frequently getting scorched by those - also, I haven't met one that doesn't leak, and I found the way the cord moved at the back of the iron to be problematic. Would by the Oliso over again in a heartbeat. At the cheap end of the world, I got some decent years out of Sunbeams and Black & Deckers. I participated in an iron test for Gen Q Mag and we all universally hated the Shark.

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  21. I have a Rowenta and a Shark. I love both equally...I did learn a trick a few years ago where I put my water in a dollar store spray bottle and not in the tank of my Iron. I have had issues in the past with rust spots and/or the water tank leaking and killing my iron. I remember seeing a quilter at a class years ago using a water spray bottle and thought she was crazy, but one ruined quilt makes the light bulb appear! :-) Good Luck

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    1. I do the same thing with my Rowenta!

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  22. For some reason I found your post about kaput iron very funny. Finding iron entertaining makes me smile. Good one!

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  23. I've had my Rowenta (mid-grade) for over a year now, and despite my highest expectations, I really don't like it. I don't notice that the steam or heat is any better than my old Panasonic from Target, and my biggest complaint is that it randomly puts out rusty water, staining my fabric. So far it hasn't happened on anything irreplacable, but I'm about fed up wtih it. I've tried doing the cleaning cycles repeatedly-- as in I worked on it for three hours one day. It didn't help a bit.

    So, despite its reputation, I haven't had good luck with Rowentas. After writing this all out, I think I'm ready to head to Target and buy one off the rack. I'd love to know what you end up with, though, and what you think of it-- please post later and tell us!

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  24. I just bought a new iron after having my old die. I had to go by weight because of issues with my hands and I ended up getting the cheapest Shark at Khol's on sale. I was able to use Khol's bucks to pay for it and earned more on that trip as well. Anyways, I love the stupid thing. Not to heavy, even filled with water and it presses beautifully.

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  25. I went iron shopping a while back. Both my SIl and I were in need. We did a lot of comparisons. I ended up with the digital Black & Decker D2030 and she ended up with a Rowenta. The important point of this that we learned in our venture is that Rowenta can be broken into two categories. 1. Made in Germany (GOOD!) 2. Made in "ICan'tRemember" but not in Germany, LOL. If you dig really deep you can (pretty much) divide the good and bad reviews by where it was made :-) Hope that helps. When (ha!) my B&D dies I am prepared to buy a German made Rowenta. SIL's is still running strong.

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    1. I read about this when researching my iron and purchased a Rowenta made in Germany. Very happy with it so far. It's been a couple of years

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  26. I've read so often that an iron stopped working. I always look at mine and think "it's really old, when will that happen to me?". :) Hope you find a new one soon.

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  27. Mine is near the brink as well.... it leaks a ton of water much to my dismay. (And it was a pricey little bugger!) I don't have any suggestions as to which to buy, but just wanted to say I share in your quest for the perfect iron!! I hope you succeed! :)

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  28. I would NOT buy a Rowenta. I had purchased one over 10 years ago and the cord frayed and was sparking. Went kablooey just after the warranty too, so it didn't last long. I have some friends who also had purchased Rowentas and they said theirs didn't last long either. Some people love them, and it was nice when it worked, just not worth the cost to last only a few months. I had cheap irons from Walmart for less than $10 last longer the the Rowneta!

    I purchased a Black and Decker a few years ago that was the top rated one from Consumer Reports. I like it and it's been a good iron. I still have a Norelco iron that works great but has the annoying habit of beeping at you if you do use it within a couple of minutes. Other than that it's great. I'm sure they don't make it anymore as I have had it for more than 15 years. I like to use that one for Steam and the B&D without steam as I need a dry iron a lot.

    Good luck with your search. You might want to look at garage sales too. I sometimes find irons and can usually get them for a dollar or 2. I bought one for my daughter at a garage sale last year that looked brand new.

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  29. I'm using a cheap Panasonic iron from Kohl's. I figure it lasted me plenty of years the last time I got one there. For the price, it gets really hot, steams really good and I can replace it for cheap!

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  30. I recently lost an Iron myself and it was tragic. Panasonic makes irons now that are rated to be great for Quilters and so I tried it out and love it. They aren't expensive and many people seem to like them better than the Rowena or Oliso irons. The one I got was purple but it does come in lime green as I noticed your walls in your space are green. I put the link to the iron below -- I like the retractable cord because then it's as long as I need it and out of the way when I don't.
    http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-NI-E300TR-U-Shape-Steam-Finish/dp/B0053XMU3E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365710535&sr=8-1&keywords=green+steam+iron

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    1. The one I had was a Panasonic, probably cost about $40 and lasted 2 years. I mean, for that price, maybe I just get another?

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    2. Mine had the retractable cord feature, too, and I LOVED that. After going back and reading others' comments, I'm ready to go buy another cheap Panasonic. Mine was great. I'm tired of staining my fabric with my Rowenta.

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  31. oh, sorry to hear that. My iron also broke a few weeks ago and I decided to buy Oliso (this one from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002R1L270/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=10) and so far I'm loving it. I didn't buy it for the funky "feet" but I really love the feature now. I like my iron very, very hot and steamy and I already scalded my fingers a few times - a good sign :) The only minor inconvenience is how often I have to refill the water, but then I'm thinking it's good to move around and get some exercise while sewing:) Hope this helps.

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  32. I just got my iron a few months ago and it is already giving me problems. It drips water (so annoying) It is a Shark I got at Bed Bath and Beyond. It wasn't very expensive but it should have lasted more than four months. So don't buy Shark.
    Very interesting reading all the comments now I'll be more prepared for my next iron shopping experience.

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  33. I'm sorry to hear about your iron. I'm not sure if it will make you feel better, but my iron also leaks water and is on its last legs. I've drawn the process out by another eight months though by simply declaring the iron doesn't need water anyway. I press everything dry or with spray starch. I never steamed anything that I was quilting anyway.

    I am happy about all the feedback your getting. I guess I'll be doing some iron research over the weekend too.

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  34. I use a Rowenta. I bought the heaviest iron I could find and it works great. I had one of those Olisa for a bit, but it fell off the ironing board and broke.

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    1. I should add that my Rowenta is approximately 8 years old now. If memory serves, it cost about $100 at Costco.

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  35. I bought one of these (http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-NI-L70SR-Cordless-Stainless-Soleplate/dp/B000P6CRLO) about a year ago and I love it! I really like that there's no cord in the way (I was always worried that the dog would come tearing through and yank a hot iron on the floor) and you're right, the removable water tank is really nice.

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    1. How long can you iron without charging it? Sometimes I have a whole pile of seems to press and I saw some reviewers complaining that the cordless ones don't stay hot for long.

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    2. I'm not sure I've ever thought about it in terms of length of time, maybe a minute or two of pressing before setting it back on the base? When I'm ironing piecing, though, I usually have to set the iron down often anyway. When I was looking at irons it seemed like the folks who were upset with it cooling off too fast were ironing clothes and couldn't make it through a whole shirt without setting it down for a while. Well, I don't iron clothes, :-), I just use it for sewing, and it seems like I need to set down the iron to manipulate fabric more often than it needs heating. Hope that helps!

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  36. BTW, I was really lusting after the panasonic irons that were the bloggers rage a few years ago. I like the 360 dual point design. I have no idea if they are good though, I couldn't find one that was Australian power compliant.

    http://www.quiltdad.com/2011/12/looking-for-great-christmas-gift.html

    Me? My iron cost $20 from the grocery store. My husband picked it out. I love that it gets very hot quickly. I love that it doesn't beep or cry or automatically turn off. For quilting, I'd avoid all those features. The iron we had at the quilt shop that I worked at constantly beeped to remind you that it was left turned on which is inevitable when you are doing a lot of piecing.

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    1. I noticed some reviews at Amazon said that these cordless irons can't stay hot all that long without being back on the charger. Sometimes I iron for a good long while without a break, so that would be a definitely minus.

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  37. I love the Black and Decker Digital Advantage. It's relatively inexpensive, so I don't feel guilty replacing it if it starts to spit. It's the right weight, and the right amount of steam.

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  38. I am so glad you asked this. I have no advice but my iron has been dying a slow death and will soon need to be replaced. I found it in a closet in an apartment I rented in college and it has gone strong for years soni guess I can't complain too much! I am looking forward to reading all of these comments.

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  39. Mine did the same thing saturday morning ! I was ironing and then I left for maybe 10 minutes to sew something and when I came back, it wasn't working anymore !! I didn't even touch it !

    So I'm also looking for a new iron. Will definitely see what the others have to say :)

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  40. I've had the Black & Decker Digital Advantage (D2030) since just before Christmas when my Rowenta kicked and I'm really happy with it. It does have the auto-shutoff (more like a pause of heat) but one tap and it heats up really quickly. I just start using it and get a quick beep to tell me it's ready. Lots of steam, a larger water tank than the Rowenta and I've yet to have a spitup.

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  41. My previous iron was a Rowenta and I absolutely loved it...the weight, the steam, the heat level it attained. However, the cord broke through right at the point where it meets the body of the iron. It looks like a nicely reinforced, flexible join...but it's not. I was so disappointed. Now I have a Shark and I don't like it at all. It takes so very long to heat up and really does not get hot enough. It also is very strange about steam...either I can't get any or I'm scalding my fingers. I'd love to find a good, solid iron...

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  42. I went through three rowentas in for years. The first rowenta lasted 3 years the bam. A string of bad luck. Since then, I go with a cheap, heavy iron. Don't add water in the iron for steam. Use a spray bottle. Water in the iron ages it faster.

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    1. I have a sunbeam with a retractable cord now. Heats up fast, so i just give it a shake to wake it up as I spray my water.

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    2. Thanks for sharing, Jenny. My honest response is, "But I want to add water in the iron, waaaah". Hehe.

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  43. I'm still using my beat-up Sunbeam from college, so I'm probably not much help lol! I think it's getting close to the time when I'll be needing to find a new one though, so I'm excited to read the comments here too.

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  44. I have the big orange Reliable iron. I got it for Christmas a year ago and have loved it so far. It's hot and has plenty of steam and for me, the best feature is when I am doing lots of pressing and sewing and am up and down a lot, I can set it so it doesn't shut itself off after a few minutes of no use. It is much heavier than my old iron which I had for about 20 years, but it is much hotter to. It has 4 heat settings. I would recommend it. I think it's about $100.

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  45. I tried the Olio iron at a workshop and just wanted to throw it out the window. The feet are a gee whiz that are, IMHO, a complete waste of time.
    I have a Rowenta. Have had one for about 20 years and never had a problem. I like that they get hot and have really good steam. no removable tank though.
    If you want to invest in an iron that will last and does all of the things you want it to invest in a good quality tank steam iron. They are expensive but once you have tried one you will never go back.

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  46. I was able to try out a Reliable Velocity V200 Sensor at a 3-daty retreat last month and speak very highly of it. They had these irons in all of the classrooms and regardless of what room I was in, they worked beautifully. They hold lots of water and they were hot, hot, hot! I noticed someone up above mentioned an auto shut-off but I am guessing that was turned off on these irons as I never encountered one that was not hot. They are large and heavy (which suits me just fine) but I loved how well they pressed. Someone had brought one of those Oliso irons with retractable feet and it didn't even compare (and I don't understand why you want that - just something else to break). The Reliable is pricy ($169 on Amazon) but it is now on my "saving up for" list.

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    1. Thanks so much! That sounds like a very good iron. The one I had only lasted about 2 years, so it seems like I need to go higher quality for how much sewing I do. Or... just plan to buy one every few years?

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    2. I also have a Reliable iron, I have had it for two or three years now. I use it almost every day and leave it plugged in all the time. Yes it does turn itself off, but it warns you with a beep, so you just move it. Even if it does turn off, it come back to heat super quick. The one thing that some people don't like it that the steam, while having a lot of it, it intermittent. Meaning that it steams heavily and then it will pause so that the heat of the iron will dry the fabric. I have found this to be great! The seams get super flat and with no stretching of the fabric because the fabric is not wet from the constant seam. I absolutely love my iron. Yes it is pricy, but so were the three Rowenta's I bought once a year for three years. I hope this helps.

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    3. Which Reliable do you have? The make three models that are very different...

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  47. I had an Oliso iron. The heating element went out after 3 years. Which, needless to say, pissed me off. Out of warranty (of course)--it lasted no longer than a Rowenta. And, really, didn't actually work much better than a nicer Rowenta.

    And to think I worried that the retractable feet would break. I did love them though--I got used to it very quickly. It was awesome. Til the business part broke.

    I don't sew nearly as much as you do.

    My backup iron (an old Rowenta) has no steam.

    I got a Rowenta at BB&B with a coupon.

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    1. Thanks for that experience, Dree! Do you think the retractable feet save time?

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    2. I think they do--because when you want to adjust something (like a seam that just won't go the right way), you just move it aside out of the way. None of the up and down and off the project. It is also much harder for cats to tip over an Oliso. They can't. Children too.

      I now have a Rowenta Focus. It makes great steam. So great that I have to refill the water all the time. And it didn't come with a cup, so I use my Oliso cup, 2.5 of which will go into the Focus. The Focus is also hideous brown. And the water-fill area is hard to open, it shoots drops of hot water at you. I find it tipped over regularly, it is top heavy. That would be the cats--they have no knocked it to the floor yet, and it will leave quite a dent in our wood floors.

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    3. And my Focus was made in Germany--it says it on the iron. Don't know where my last Rowenta was made. I can't find it. (I have lost my backup iron?!)

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  48. I just bought the Singer "expert finish" which is in the mid range. I have loved it for the last two months, it presses everything from cotton to linen great, worked with fusible fabrics well, and the pause feature is nice...and it has motion sensing to kick back up. The last feature, is a favorite of mine as it is useful between seams.

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    1. I just check on amazon - it is around $50...and has a 4 star rating.
      http://www.amazon.com/SINGER-Expert-Finish-1700-Steam/dp/B003VX1J2G

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  49. Love my orange iron from Reliable. It's the V50. A friend of mine who LOVES to iron, tried it one day. She ordered one for herself before the day was over.

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  50. I have had a couple different irons break down on me (one even had sparks flying out of the back of the cord before it smoked and died). I have gone the expensive route and the inexpensive route and have finally found an Iron I like.

    I have the Shark GI468 Professional Iron and absolutely love it. It is a smaller iron, which I realize I prefer because sometimes small seams are hard to press with a huge iron. Best of all I got it for $25 on sale. If my $25 iron dies, it is not a huge deal because I didn't spend a fortune on it (as long as it lasts a while anyways).

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  51. Oliso is too heavy! I like the small Rowenta. My big Rowenta is not getting hot enough, now, so time for a new one. I don't use steam. Water around here is not steam friendly (or maybe it's me).

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  52. Rachel, I detest irons about as much as I do vacuum cleaners - few pass my "taste test". In January my iron died so I went on the hunt for a new one and ended up, using coupons, with a Singer Expert Finish. It has worked amazingly well and I'm in love with it for now. Good luck!

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  53. I've gone through three irons in the last year or so. They, like all appliances, are made so cheaply!!! Grrrr. I would never recommend a cordless (my mother bought us one cuz my hubby is a lefty and I'm a righty) and it never got really hot, never stayed hot, and took forever to get mediocre hot. I checked on the 'Consumers Reports' site and they say don't bother spending a lot on an iron, cuz they're as bad (or as good I suppose) as the cheap ones. I ended up getting a Black and Decker Professional Steam Iron last month- I'm happy with it... so far... but have no faith that it will last more than a year or so. Also, this is a Canadian product and not sure they have the exact one in the states- and it has a teeny little water jug to fill the sizeable resevoir and it took me forever to figure out how to open the reservoir. Ok- maybe I don't love it!!! ( :
    Grumble, grumble- my I sound like a negative nellie!

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  54. Mine went to heaven, oh sorry - hell, after it spat rust all over a 4 hour paper pieced cushion cover. My husband bought me a new one for my birthday lol. I have no idea what type it is though!

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  55. I have had many irons in my lifetime, Panasonic digital, Rowenta, on and on; some expensive... some cheap. Will not ever get another Rowenta, did not last long and leaked like crazy; the others just did not get hot enough. When I needed a new iron a few months back I got this one and love it! T-Fal UltraGlide http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005JAIHOM/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    It is a 1700 watt iron and has super steam.

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  56. My iron has a crack in the plate and spits water out. I have been using it but need to purchase a new one. This post came at the right time. I am going to read through all these comments tonight.

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  57. My two current favorite irons are a Black and Decker old school iron from Target and a similar steam iron from The Vermont Country Store. I've had both over a year without problems. For me that's a long time in iron years!

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  58. I went through the "finding a new good iron" issue a few years back after my old reliable B&D bit the dust. I tried a bunch of lower cost irons and took every one of them back. I ended up getting a Rowenta Pro Master at Bed, Bath and Beyond (with a 20% off coupon) and I love it. 1700 watts of power and so much steam that I have to be careful not to burn myself. I don't like the cheaper Rowentas made in China but the more expensive ones from Germany are definitely worth the money.

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  59. I have an old school Black and Decker iron that I use everyday for sewing, I got it back in 1999 for college. It gets nice and hot and was only around $15 at the grocery store.

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  60. I had the Oslo with feet it lasted one year and I hated it .have had many irons in the last ten years from cheap to expensive . I just bought the big orange Reliable and I absolutely love it. The steam is wonderful and gets really hot.

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  61. I have a black and decker steam iron that is 5 years old. It works pretty well. I hardly ever use steam with it. I really want the iron that Kaye England has that I saw when I watched her Craftsy class but it is $2500 and that is way too much for me.

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  62. I love my Goodwill bargain: Black & Decker doesn't turn off unless you unplug it iron for $2.

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  63. looks like you've probably got enough input to make an informed decision... but i have to say, i love my rowenta. i've had it for ten years and use it often and have never had an issue.

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  64. Here's something completely different that gets really good reviews...
    http://www.amazon.com/DeLonghi-Stiromeglio-Compact-Ironing-Pressurized/dp/B000B76MEA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365740608&sr=8-1&keywords=iron+boiler

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  65. I love my iron...it is a Rowenta sew'n press Model DM-252...it is an older model (probably about 20 years) It is my second one. My first one fell from a high place to the floor quite hard...sadly it broke. I searched for this exact model and thankfully found one....it is about 10 years old. My first one was about 10 years old also. I like this model because it does not have an auto shut off and it gets very hot with great steam. I only use this for quilting. Probably would be hard to find now.

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  66. I had a cheapo $20 Sunbeam from target that lasted me about three years, it got really hot, I don't think I used steam often in it back then though. It did eventually die and I replaced it with... who knows black and decker? but I don't find that the replacement is worth the extra $$. The sunbeam was lightweight (great for my wrists) and comes in pretty colors. Look for them during fall with the college stuff. It would make a good backup if nothing else.

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  67. Sorry, but I had to laugh at the term "the iron went kaputt". I didn´t realize that the German term "kaputt" can be used in English. I love that.
    I use an iron by AEG, the AEG 4Safety DB 5120, which was about €40,00. I like that it is comparatively lightweight, the steam is strong and its bottom is kind of coated so it slides very easily over fabric. Oh and it shuts itself off after some time hence the "safety" in the name I guess.

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    1. Oh, I had no idea it was a German word! It's just something we say to mean it "died" or "quickly ended"... Is that what it means in German?

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  68. Well I don't even know if you'll make it to comment #88, but...

    I use a really cheap Black and Decker iron, maybe a $20 one. I have had it for years sitting in the closet getting no use prior to becoming a quilter (I NEVER iron clothes). At first I used it with steam but I found that I prefer to just use a spray bottle with water and leave the iron dry. I think irons probably last longer that way and I don't foresee myself buying an expensive one when this one quits on me.

    On the other hand, I'd love to get a better ironing BOARD. The one I have is so rickety and terrible. Any suggestions on that front would be welcomed!

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  69. I buy cheap irons at Wal-mart, use them till I've gunked them up so bad with adhesive/wonder under etc. and then go buy a new one! Works for me :)

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  70. PS, if you want to read more iron advice, another blog I follow, Green Apples (stitchywitch.wordpress.com - she sews garments) had some posts about her iron dying where folks gave advice - just search for "iron" from the front page.

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  71. I got the rowenta with the precision tip from the boyfriend for christmas and im pretty much in love. It is a fabulous iron

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  72. I've got a Reliable Velocity and love it ~ it has a setting that lets it stay on for as long as you want it to! Plus ~ it's orange! I've had it for a year or so and still going strong.

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  73. My last three irons have all been Rowenta's. My recent one I purchased a few months ago and I really do like it. Nice weight, easy refill spout for water, nice and hot and steamy. It does have an auto shut off but I'm not bothered by that at all. I think it may have saved my ironing board a few times. LOL I'm not sure which mode it is but I wantto say it's the middle of the pack and I got it at Bed Bath & Beyond with a 20% off coupon. It's the tan colored one. I was thinking that I would like an Olio but after reading everyone's response to them I think I'll just stick to my Rowenta. It's always been frustrating when an iron tips over on the board or worse over to the floor. However, my ironing board as an attachment that comes out the end of it with an opening that is rubber coated so you can just rest your iron in it, even when it's hot. I love this feature.

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  74. I just got my new Oreck cordless this week. Actually it's my third one and I love it. Once you go cordless you never want to go back to fighting with a corded iron. I got this one on ebay for an excellent price and the reason I'm on my third is I knocked the last one off the table so that was all my fault, the iron was fine but the charging base was done.

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  75. Well, I doubt I can help because I hate steam irons. I prefer to spray water or starch and use a hot DRY iron, no holes on the bottom. The one I use is by Continental. I got it on Amazon for like $12. It's old school and wonderful. I LOVE it! If nothing else, you should get it as a spare. It's now $25, but free shipping: http://www.amazon.com/Continental-Electric-CP43001-Classic-Iron/dp/B000VU9T74/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365776561&sr=8-1&keywords=continental+dry+iron

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  76. Well crap. After reading all the reviews (really) I'm more confused than ever. My iron is about to give up the ghost and I will need a new one soon. Maybe I'll just go to the Iron Store and flip a coin.

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    1. Me too, super confused! I think I am going to make a tally list and see which gets the most tallys!

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    2. My current short list are Rowenta's made in Germany ($100 and up), the Reliable v50 or v200 and the Black & Decker 2030 Digital Advantage. Hope that helps!

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    3. just curious as to why you are considering the Reliable v50 or v200 and not the v100?

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    4. I didn't like the way the v100 puts out steam, from the sound of it.

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  77. I just purchased my 2nd Olisio. My 1st lasted 5 years which I thought was great considering how much I use it. It doesn't get as hot as I would like but I LOVE that I don't have to tip it up and down. Saves on my wrists, which sounds petty but my wrists get sore from all that tipping! When #1 went out I reverted to an old general iron my husband uses and after a week went to Amazon and purchased a new olisio. I do wish that it had more of a pointy front to get into seams but OhWell! still love it.

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  78. I've gone through a lot of irons over the years, mainly because I tend to knock the ironing board and cause the iron to drop to the floor! I've tried the Black n Decker, Shark, Panasonic, etc., but hands down my favorite iron is the Rowena. It gets hot fast, has great steam when needed and tends to last (as long as it doesn't get dropped to the floor!). I haven't tried the Oliso.

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  79. i use a sunbeam. it's an inexpensive iron i bought at either walmart or target years ago and never expected to last. it has. it was only about $20 i think and i get lots of steam from it and have never had a problem with it leaking. the cord retracts (which is important to me), steams really well and presses seams flat. it also has a little container with it for water filling so you don't have to unplug the iron.

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  80. last time my iron died (yup, in the middle of pressing seams for window blinds!), i needed a new one there and then. the shop had a couple of different brands but i settled for a philips steam iron (similar to this one: Philips Energycare GC3620/22 Steam Iron 2400W Blue, but mine is a slightly older model now). the difference between it and my old rowenta was mind boggling! i have yet to encounter the fabric or crease that i cannot beat into submission with this philips one. i like the extra steam boost which delivers right at the tip of the iron (but watch your fingers! just saying)

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  81. I have had an Olisio but it did not last very long.Currently, I have a Rowenta that I love. I am intrigued by the comment above that the Philips is good. When it comes to irons however, I must have an automatic shut off because I can be so forgetful.

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  82. I still feel a tad bit responsible for this! :/

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  83. I feel your pain. I went through this awhile back. Still miss my Oliso. http://www.skooksplayground.com/2012/07/death-of-my-iron-and-who-i-chose-to.html

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  85. mine died months ago - drowned itself in deep puddles of water - and i have been in the denial stage since. just this week i finally bit the bullet and decided to try a Reliable. let's see if it's worth the pretty penny.

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