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I need a new iron. Any recommendations?
katskinner
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Date: 2/14/14 4:38 AM

Hi all!
My iron is on the fritz and I don't expect it to last long. I was wondering if anyone can suggest a good iron model that I can buy?

I really want something that can last for a number of years if possible, so I am willing to spend the cash for good quality (around $250 is my max though). A high-end home appliance.

I mostly make my own clothes and accessories, however I have started custom drafting for clients as well. I will need it to be fairly good at removing wrinkles, pressing seams, etc. If possible to have optional steam, however I generally use fabric that can take steam and be machine-washable.

I guess you all know the drill when it comes to sewing and irons.Has anyone got some good recommendations for me?

Thanks in advance,
Kat

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Date: 2/14/14 8:57 AM

Have you considered a gravity feed? I bought a used Sussman from a dry cleaners that was closing. I used that for about 15 years until it pretty much died. I replaced it with a new Sussman which I hated--the thermostat was wildly inaccurate. Then, about 10 years ago, I got a Naomoto HYS58. It's absolutely wonderful. It produces copious amounts of steam--but only when you want it to. If you can't put a hook in the ceiling for the water bottle you can use an IV stand. These irons a pricey but, in my opinion, worth every penny. You can shop around (on line) for pricing. There are other brands of gravity feed irons available, some of which are less expensive than the Naomoto. You might want to check those out too. I don't know how they compare but I'm sure you could research them. I really think this iron has made a positive difference in the quality of the garments I sew.

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Date: 2/14/14 9:15 AM

I was making pillowcases for charity this past week and the subject of irons came up. Two out of the 4 of us were all for getting the cheap iron and replacing it when needed. When I say cheap, I mean the $10.00 Proctor Silex. I found a "no-name" brand at Family Dollar some years ago for $5.00. I bought 3 of them! They last just as long as some I've paid more for. I have found that the more expensive irons are a bit heavier and that does come in handy when pressing thick fabrics. I just can't justify putting even $30.00 into an iron that is not going last any longer than the $10.00 one.

We have some of the fancy expensive ones, that Joann's sells, in our classroom there. None of them are perfect. Most spit and sputter when using steam. Some cut off automatically when they set for longer than a few minutes without being moved(I hate that)...One does have this really cool feature: You don't have to sit it upright when it's on, you can set it flat and something on the bottom pops out and it stands up, away from the ironing board.

It's all personal preference. Kind of like a sewing machine. Some like no frills, some want all the frills.

I use my irons almost every day.

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Date: 2/14/14 10:42 AM

I got this iron from WAWAK a couple of months ago and love it. It's a gravity feed with optional steam and is nice and heavy. I do have a permanent set-up, which includes an IV pole for the water bottle and an extra wide ironing board, both ordered from amazon. The iron, pole, and board all set me back about $200.

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Date: 2/14/14 10:47 AM

In Kuwait?

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Date: 2/14/14 11:52 AM

My currant and one of my favorite irons to date. While I will always love Rowenta's, I just can't afford to keep replacing them.
This Panasonic is a year old. I'm a quilter, and my iron is used on a daily basis. It has a longer auto off/on than most, and heats up quickly. Good steam. I really like the Ceramic soleplate. Very good reviews, and the price is within reason too..I've had no problems with mine. I use distilled water because we have hard well water.

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Date: 2/14/14 12:08 PM

I hope I don't sound like a curmudgeon. My Bubby got an iron for opening a bank account. After15 years, I inherited and it lived another productive 15 years!!! I don't know that they make them like they used to. I tried Rowenta with iffy results and they had really short life spans- like a year or so. Others swear by them though.

I learned about the Reliable V100 iron here on PR. And it sure is reliable with great controlled, plentiful steam. There's a way to set it to stay on indefinitely, or let it self turn off. I have on for long stretches and use it daily. Year one I used tap water. Year 2 hubby started bringing me de-ionized water from his lab. The other day a friend was sewing with me. All she could say was- this is the best iron I've ever used. Amen.


Oh, I got it with a 50% off coupon from Jo-Ann's.

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Date: 2/14/14 1:50 PM

Naomoto gravity feed.

Expensive, but it'll be the one and only iron you'll ever need.

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Date: 2/14/14 4:07 PM

Oh, and don't listen to the curmudgeon.





Oops, she heard me! *duck and run!*


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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 2/14/14 4:30 PM

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I hope I don't sound like a curmudgeon. My Bubby got an iron for opening a bank account. After15 years, I inherited and it lived another productive 15 years!!! I don't know that they make them like they used to. I tried Rowenta with iffy results and they had really short life spans- like a year or so. Others swear by them though.



I learned about the Reliable V100 iron here on PR. And it sure is reliable with great controlled, plentiful steam. There's a way to set it to stay on indefinitely, or let it self turn off. I have on for long stretches and use it daily. Year one I used tap water. Year 2 hubby started bringing me de-ionized water from his lab. The other day a friend was sewing with me. All she could say was- this is the best iron I've ever used. Amen.





Oh, I got it with a 50% off coupon from Jo-Ann's.

What model is your Reliable Iron. There are 3 models, and I've read that some are heavier or less "reliable". Thanks

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