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Do You Own and Use a Good Iron?
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Date: 1/10/13 12:38 PM

I know this is a constant headache for so many of us sewers. My iron has just started leaking after just a few months of use, so now I am looking around for good reliable info, and knew this would be the best resource!

I and my husband both use the iron daily- he irons his own work shirts and I sew- so it is constantly in use. I know he doesn't want to hassle with a gravity feed steam iron (sigh...) so that is out. I had a Rowenta that lasted for seven years with this kind of use, and am considering buying the same style, but like the others it sounds kind of prone to leaks also. This other iron that just went is also a Rowenta, but really broke down way too soon. I am going to get in touch with the company today, but I need something in case I might have to send it to a repair place.

Thanks for any input. I sure wish this was a tool that wasn't so fickle.

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Date: 1/10/13 4:33 PM

Wish I could recommend one but my fave iron is a Rowenta, and it sounds like you have not had good luck lately with Rowenta. Everyone seems to have a different experience with each brand.
Could you get a basic iron for hubby to use and then get yourself the gravity feed one you desire?
I don't think I would want my hubby using my iron so it's good he is not inclined to iron.
Hit post too fast: Good luck with your search and let us know what you decide to get.
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Date: 1/10/13 4:49 PM

I LOVE my Rowenta! Got it almost 2 years ago when QVC was featuring them. Mine was around 60-odd dollars.
It has the automatic shut-off which is essential to me, because I can be forgetful when I get busy. Also, I have two small dogs that I love more than I can say and I want to be sure they stay safe at all times.
The iron puts out lots of steam, heats up VERY fast and does not leak.
It is the best iron I've ever used.

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Date: 1/10/13 5:43 PM

Now why would we not own an iron or use a bad one?

For several years irons have been designed to turn off when not in use, so having it on all day does not mean it is constantly "on".

I also have a Rowenta. The instructions indicate using tap water. I did this for one fill, then used distilled after that.

Try to send it back to Rowenta. They will either repair it or replace it.

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Date: 1/10/13 6:16 PM

I always save the box the iron comes in and the receipt. Seems my irons always die in under 2 years, and the one I have has a 2 year warranty. I just box it up and take it back to the store and get a replacement. If they are going to give a 2 year warranty by golly I'm going to take them up on it. BTW-I use a Black and Decker Digital Advantage.

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Date: 1/10/13 7:37 PM

I love my Rowenta. If I put too much water in it, it does leak. Has anyone tried one of those olisio irons?

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Date: 1/10/13 8:04 PM

I absolutely love my Reliable v100. I bought it over two years ago. I have used it almost every day. Often it's on for hours. (I override the auto shutoff.) I LOVE it.

I previously had a couple Rowenta's (years ago). Spit city. I also had a Bernette ProGlide which I thought I loved. It died before I got the Reliable and I like the Reliable much better.

It produces steam at every temp. It never ever spits. It's weighty, which I like in an iron.

Here's my blog post when I bought it, but I love it just as much today: http://communingwithfabric.blogspot.com/2010/10/reliable-digital-velocity-v100-how-do-i.html

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Date: 1/10/13 8:25 PM

I have an Oliso professional iron for over a year now. I really like using it as a horizontal iron and it has a 30 minutes auto shut off so when I am sewing it is not constantly off as I go back and forth. It has a long cord also which I like. It is the most expensive iron I have ever bought but I never had good luck with Rowentas so I figured I would give it a try. I am hoping it lasts for years but time will tell.

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Date: 1/10/13 8:34 PM

I've splurged three times on a "good" (read" expensive") iron. Each time was a mistake. I bought the Oliso 1600 twice. Each time the auto lift feature stopped working after less than two weeks. I also owned a Rowenta which began to spit after a few months. I currently have a $35 Shark that has worked for years.

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Date: 1/10/13 8:56 PM

I'm another Reliable V100 owner/fan/lover. The steam it puts out is fabulous. It has never spit on me. I love the weight (heavy). It heats up quickly.

The ONLY thing I don't like about it is that it's hard to see how much water is in the reservoir through the blue window. Minor. SO minor, compared to all of its wonderfulness :)

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