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Ceri590

Ceri590
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Date: 1/4/06 7:52 AM

Now that I am getting more into sewing I am realizing that my iron is really not up to par. I have my eye on a new one, as well as a new ironing board, but am wondering if a steam press would not be good to have as well, esp. for ironing yards and yards of fabric before cutting it out.
I am not really sure how they are used and if they are helpful, so any input would be welcome.

Thanks,

Ceri (-:

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Date: 1/4/06 7:21 PM

Hi Ceri,
You are smart to put thought into getting a good quality iron/pressing system.

My choice when I realized my regular ol' iron and board were subpar was to get the Rowenta iron system. Here is the description of it from the web site that I bought it from:

"A complete, professional ironing system for the home. This generator has a 33 oz. water tank which allows for 1.5 hours of continuous ironing. It heats in approximately 8 minutes. Entire unit weighs approximately 10.5lbs. This is the new model without an automatic shut off. Great for fusing interfacing and all your pressing needs. Because the water is not in the iron, there is no leaking and it is very lightweight.
I bring you this product because I believe you can get better results with this steamer. I love it and you will too!"

I bought it from Peggy Sager's site, www.silouttepatterns.com
(for the record I have no afiliation or financial interest in this site or it's products).

I went with this over a gravity feed system because to me it seemed simpler, but I haven't worked with a gravity system so maybe someone who uses one of those can chime in so you can compare.

I like this one because it stores very easily, the water is not stored in the iron so water doesn't sputter out of, potentially staining fabric etc. The iron rests on top of the tank that hold the heated water. It heats up very fast, the iron itself is heavy enough to press without you having to apply much physical force at all. It glides easily when you need to glide it, and I've steam shrunk many yards of wool with it with great results. It costs $189.

There was an article in Threads in the past year that reviewed various ironing/pressing systems and ironing boards recently...maybe two or three issues ago. I'll check my Threads to see which one it was. The article compared many different styles and models and would be very helpful to you in deciding what would work best for you.

Good luck and I'm sure others with different systems will give their advice as well.

Tara
-- Edited on 1/4/06 8:22 PM --

Ceri590

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Date: 1/4/06 7:39 PM

Tara,

Thanks for your reply. I have been actually looking at a Rowenta at BJ's, but it is not a system like you described. I will have to check into that.

Thanks again,
Ceri (-:

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