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What steam iron do you use?
I need a new iron and am not sure what to get
Erplab
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Date: 7/23/14 1:52 PM

I have an Oliso TG800 which I loved until it started leaking. I'm not sure if I want to pay for another new Oliso but a good iron seems SO important to sewing projects. What do you have? Do you recommend it? Thanks!

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Date: 7/23/14 2:05 PM

I have been using the Professional (1750 watts) Rowenta for several years. I used tap water for the first setup then used distilled thereafter although the instructions indicate tap water should be used. The world's natural water supply is not created equal, but distilled water is captured vapor from a still and should be universal.

Your iron may only need cleaning (??)

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Date: 7/23/14 2:31 PM

I have an old Black & Decker, not fancy, certainly not expensive, but excellent. It's fairly heavy and the water reservoir holds a good bit of water. The steam production is just what I want it to be.

I also have a Rowenta, and it's both lighter and smaller. It's good for pressing smaller details, but for most general pressing and ironing, I use the sturdier, larger B&D.

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Date: 7/23/14 2:37 PM

I love my Rowenta for steam.

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Date: 7/23/14 2:49 PM

I have the Rowenta Steamium, 1800 watt. I really like it.

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Date: 7/23/14 3:00 PM

I have a Black and Decker Digital Advantage steam iron. I'm not a frequent sewer, but it's worked well since I got it nearly three years ago. It's very reasonably priced, and I use regular tap water in it.

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Date: 7/23/14 3:08 PM

Finally found satisfaction using a Hot Steam Gravity fed iron I purchased through Wawak.
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Date: 7/23/14 3:27 PM

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Finally found satisfaction using a Hot Steam Gravity fed iron I purchased through Wawak.
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I also have the Hot Steam gravity fed iron from Wawak. I will never go back to a regular iron. Lots of steam, doesn't turn off while I'm sewing, and gives a really good press. However, the weight of it may be a consideration. My mom thinks it's too heavy, though she will use it and marvels over how it does such a good job.

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Date: 7/23/14 3:56 PM

I contacted Oliso and since my iron is out of warranty, I can send them my iron plus $70 and they will fix it and return it (or replace the iron if they can't fix it). That's a lot of money compared to the cost of an iron. Plus, I would then be without an iron.

I have only seen sole plate cleaner. Is the such a thing as inside the iron cleaner?

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Date: 7/23/14 4:26 PM

I replaced my old Rowenta with a new one this year and now my new is leaking. I am very disappointed since I paid over $100 for it. Am I doing something wrong? first it got really rusty on the bottom, My old one never did that. Then I activated the self clean button I never could tell it was doing anything, the rust is gone but now it leaks. gets my clothes wet if I use the steam.

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