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Iron Replacement
looking to replace a 20 yr old Sussman gravity feed
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Date: 5/21/07 12:42 PM

Title says it.
My wonderful reliable Sussman Iron is finally giving up and I'm acknowledging the need to replace it.
The only iron review for G-F I can find here is the one by Liz for the Consew, (thanks Liz), and I'm hoping to get more input before buying.
I've considered and rejected the idea of a $500+ steam generated system- it isn't in the cards for right now.
I just want another gravity feed iron.

Anyone have any that they love/hate and why?

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Date: 5/21/07 1:25 PM

I have the Consew CES 300 and I really love it. I've had it for over 2 years now and it's been great. It's also a decent priced model. Here's a review of it from here on PR.

http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/notions/readnotionreview.pl?readreview=1&ID=242

Sorry, for some reason it won't let me post a link.

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Date: 5/22/07 3:58 PM

That is so sad, Marji! Is it really beyond all repair? I really like that my iron's parts can be replaced instead of having to dump the whole iron.

I still love my iron and I see that the other two mentions of gravity feed irons in this thread are the very same brand and model. I started thinking about the Consew Silver Star several years ago when it was mentioned on the Threads magazine forum, Gatherings, by professional dressmakers who had used theirs for years. Threads magazine managed to include it in their fairly recent iron review, which was helpful too. Places like Atlas Levy, Atlanta Thread & Supply Co., and Westchester Sewing Machine Co. all feature the same iron which could be a good sign.

I wish there was a separate category for reviewing irons. They are as essential to sewing as sewing machines and certainly are more than a "notion". We definitely need more reviews, I looked before I bought too and found very little.

ETA this Sussman also made by Silver Star, interesting. Parts are sold there too.
-- Edited on 5/22/07 4:06 PM --

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Date: 5/22/07 7:38 PM

Thanks Liz, but yup, I'm pretty sure that it's on it's last legs.
Pics of it are on my blog - you can see that it is significantly different from todays Sussman Irons.
It's seen over 18 years of use, some of it hard use, and even irons that are meant to have parts replaced have a terminal life.
I've talked to others who've had old Sussman's and they've needed to replace them in recent years too.
Part of it is age - the switch mechanism isn't something I trust anymore so I have to unplug it now, the iron doesn't get as hot as it once did, and, for me, the biggest issue is the steam - and that is user induced error. I couldn't find the mineral crytals for the bottle about 6 years ago, and they really needed replacing, so I just dumped them out and started using bottled distilled water. That was a bad idea and I Don't recommend it.
I love the weight of it - it's closer to 7 lbs than the current irons, which are only 4 lbs, and I've never burned myself on the cork handle, although I know others who have.
Anyway, it is time to retire it.
I do agree, a category to review irons would be a really good idea.

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Date: 5/22/07 7:47 PM

Thanks for this thread. I am also looking to get a gravity fed iron after going through 3 irons this year from use. I would love to hear what to look for before buying as I am a total novice to gravity feed irons.


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Date: 5/23/07 8:22 AM

Here it is, Marji's iron that she has to say goodbye to.



Wow, it will be difficult to find a truly worthy successor.

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Date: 5/23/07 10:33 AM

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Wow, it will be difficult to find a truly worthy successor.


I have to agree! That's a real beauty.

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Date: 5/24/07 9:55 AM

In an ideal world, what I would get is the Reliable i300Reliable i300 and the vacuum board that goes with it - but...right now I'll settle for a good gravity feed iron.

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Date: 5/24/07 10:22 AM

May your old iron RIP, Marji. Sorry to hear of its demise.

This is a timely thread for me. My Rowenta isn't giving out as much steam as it should and I've been thinking about taking the plunge and buying a gravity feed iron. I read the reviews and the only thing that makes me hesitate is their weight. I'm not sure I want to or am able to use something that weighs 4 or 5 pounds. How much of an issue is it for those that have a GF iron?

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Date: 5/24/07 11:01 AM

OP, the gravity feed irons all rest on a silicone pad, so you're not constantly moving your wrist to tip them up on end. That's one point.
And, due to the heavier weight, they do a lot of the work for you. You don't find yourself needing to Press down or add any weight.

Personally, I prefer the heavier irons.

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