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Anyone tried this new iron?
SusanMcD
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Date: 3/2/07 11:18 AM

I'm in the market for a new iron. I'm just wondering if anyone has purchased...or thought about purchasing...the new Oliso iron that lifts itself off the surface? Your thoughts please. Thanks.

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Date: 3/2/07 8:20 PM

I used one at a quilt retreat ...

- It takes some getting used to, you keep wanting to pop it over on its end

- It has automatic shut off like so many other irons these days, the only good thing is that is does warm up fairly quickly

- You can turn the auto lift off

- The most annoying thing to me was when I was pressing something, went to adjust my fabric in some way, and the darn iron lifted up while I wanted it to continue pressing, I had to either turn off the auto lift, or keep a finger in place on the iron


I currently have a corded/cordless iron that has served me well for several years. If I had to go out and buy new, I might look at the Oliso, but I'd be more likely to buy a semi-professional iron that has better steam generation than many of the home irons available.

I guess it all depends on what you use it for, and it you have a high tendency to burn your items when you turn around to do something, forget about the iron, and come back to a big brown iron shaped spot.

Good luck,
Kira

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Date: 5/11/10 3:33 PM

I just answered another question about the Oliso, but I wanted to chime in on this response. I, too, don't love the iron popping up when I'm trying to adjust something, but I like this iron. I keep the "scorch guard" turned off, which prevents it from popping up everytime I take my hand away. But the way the feature is designed, even with "scorch guard" set to off, the iron will still lift itself after a period of time (I'm guessing about 30-60 seconds. not sure.) Anyway, it's just about right to set the iron to work pressing a dart or something while I pop over to swap thread on my embroidery machine. I don't have to worry if the phone rings or if whatever I walked away for takes longer than I expected, because the iron will lift itself after the seam section is pressed. It's really a NICE feature! The only problem is that I'm a bit spoiled now. If I have to use a regular iron, I expect I'll be the scorch queen for a while.

When I'm done and just want to stand there and iron, I do leave the "scorch guard" set to on. I like not having to rest the iron on it's heel (although this iron has no problem if you forget and tip it up.)

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Date: 5/11/10 3:37 PM

I've had mine for a bit over a year now and really like it. The auto-off doesn't bother me, and I find that not having to lift the iron is easier on my wrist.

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Date: 5/12/10 9:04 PM

I've had mine a few months and I'm loving it. Although the heat shuts off automatically when not in use it has a longer delay before that happens than other irons. Then it heats up very quickly. So that has not bothered me. Once I got used to leaving the iron flat I really like that feature. The popping up is not an issue.

The best part is the increased amount of water held for steam and the efficiency it has for using it. I had a very expensive steam generator iron before that fell apart. I was concerned that having a smaller steam capacity would drive me crazy but. as the Oliso designer assured me, they built it so the steam is used way more discreetly so it lasts longer than an equal amount would last in a regular iron.

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Date: 5/12/10 9:46 PM

Hi, I've never seen this iron. I assume you mean these?

Oliso irons

For those who own one, which model do you have? Do you like the upgrades on the TOL (marketed for sewers and quilters, I see)? Are they worth the price difference?

I've used an old reliable $30 iron for many years. I'd love to upgrade eventually, but I'm definitely not ready for a steam generator or vaccuum table ($$$ and space both at issue). This iron looks interesting - thanks for pointing it out.

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Date: 5/12/10 11:30 PM

I had one of these irons when they first came out. I ended up returning it for 2 reasons-it dripped water, and over time it did not heat up as well. The store owner reported a similar experience.
I thought the pop-up feature was great. In fairness, I have heard that newer versions don't have the problems of the early ones.

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Date: 5/13/10 6:54 AM

Sandra Betzina is using one on her video shows.

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Date: 5/13/10 7:02 PM

mmmckay, I have the one they suggest for sewers or professionals. Several important differences: it doesn't shut off as fast when you are inactive and holds more water.

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Date: 6/25/12 4:10 PM

Bumping this thread instead of starting a new one. Hoping more people have used this iron and will have comments.

I am considering this iron and wonder if the steam is enough for every day ironing as well as sewing. It sure doesn't look like it has much in the way of steam holes.

The model I am refering to in particular is the TG1600 for sewers and quilters.


-- Edited on 6/26/12 8:19 AM --

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