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KarenG
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Date: 1/10/10 3:54 PM

I hope this topic hasn't been posted before but I am looking to buy a new iron and am thinking either the Consew CES-300 Gravity Feed iron or the Rowenta DG5030 Steam Pressure Generator. Can someone tell me which one they prefer and why? I am not really sure what the difference is other than the Steam Pressure Generator has a tank under the iron to heat the water and the Consew has a container you have to hang. The one drawback I see with the gravity feed is hanging the bottle from the ceiling, but then the Rowenta will need more space on the ironing board. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Date: 1/10/10 4:32 PM

About a year and a half ago, I tried both types of irons. The gravity feed I happened to use at a Loes Hinse seminar was the CES 300, and I decided right then and there that I had to have a gravity feed iron. The garments I made turned out so incredibly well because of that iron!

There have been lots of good reports on the CES 300. However, a little online research about gravity feed irons led me to become interested in the Naomoto HYS 58. The best price by far at the time was at Cleaner's Supply. (I notice that the price has increased some since then, but it has probably increased everywhere.)

It is very easy to install the hook in the ceiling, hang the bottle, and drape the hose. I like how little space it takes resting on my ironing board. Of course, this isn't a very portable set up - so you'll want to consider that. But I just leave mine set up in one place. It is truly a wonderful addition to my sewing room. Now I really don't know how I sewed without it.

Perhaps someone who has done more than just test the Rowenta steam generator like I did can chime in here to help. Let us know what you decide and how you like it.

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Date: 1/10/10 5:06 PM

I have a Rowenta steam generator, and I love it. It does not sit on my ironing board. I have a cabinet on wheels (I use the drawers in the cabinet for other ironing items) by my ironing board and I put the tank on that. Also, my ironing board has a small metal extension surface for sitting the iron on while it is in use. I use my iron also as a clothes steamer cause you can hold it up any way to get steam. I use it a lot on winter sweaters, knits, etc. that may need more steam and not so much ironing pressure. I just light press those things using a lot of steam. And it does a wonderful job on wrinkled cottons and linens. ---That being said, I am thinking of getting another iron, this time a gravity feed, just to see the difference because I want/need two ironing stations, one for my layout/cutting room and one for my construction/sewing room. ...So I will be interested in reading all the other posts here.

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Date: 1/10/10 8:59 PM

One major difference is that a steam generator iron will supply continuous steam if you choose while a gravity feed will not.

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Date: 1/10/10 11:10 PM

I just purchased the Rowenta pressure iron. I've used it twice to steam press wool fabric for coats. It worked very nicely. I've never had a gravity feed so I can't really compare the two. The Rowenta while not cheap was much more feasible for my budget.

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Date: 1/10/10 11:27 PM

I used to have steam generators, but now prefer gravity feed. I love my Naomoto gravity feed. Fabrics tremble and faint flat just on sight of my Naomoto!

Ok not really...but generally one pass with this iron is all that's needed to get flat seams. After using gravity feed, I'd never ever go back to any household iron, and personally I don't care for steam generators. Gravity feed irons tend to be quite expensive (as are steam generators), but a quality iron is worth treble its weight in gold. (We sewers tend to spend $$$$$ on machines and even fabrics...but then we pinch pennies on needles and irons. Why do we tend to do that??! Huge false economy!)

Yes, I have a small hook in the ceiling to hang the bottle when in use...but I take the bottle down when not using the iron. And really, it's easy to put up ceiling hooks in different rooms, if one needs the iron to be portable.

As I live in a small studio apartment, storage was (is!) a huge issue with me, so that`s one reason I went for the gravity feed; it`s much easier for me to store it away when not in use, and it doesn`t take up any space on my ironing board.

Did I mention how much I love my Naomoto gravity feed?

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

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Date: 1/11/10 0:26 AM

I also own a gravity feed iron, and will never go back to a regular household iron. Ever.

I would have loved to have gone with the TOL Naomoto, and might have had the $$'s if I hadn't spent a total of $200 on 4 different household irons previously.

I have the Silver Star ES-85, which is exactly the same as the Consew. You just need to make sure you have 3 feet between the water bottle and your ironing surface which isn't a problem even with my low daylight basement ceilings. My DH put a swag hook with an anchor in the ceiling and the filled bottle really isn't very heavy at all.

I have a recommendation though....make sure to use tap water. I thought it would be better using distilled water, even with the demineralizer resin beads you have to use.I have incredibly hard water. Not. Also, you don't need to replace the beads until they are about 75% brown. Unfortunately the owner's manual was severely lacking, and I had to do some digging on the internet to find what I needed about water and replacing the beads.

The steam generator irons by Reliable have a good rep. There are two available, one for $299 and the other for $399,with an anti-calc system. If I were to buy a steam generator, I would buy the $299 one.

I just really, really like my gravity feed iron. I do get steam and really, plenty enough steam.

Good luck on your decision. As Lynn pointed out, one really does need a good iron when you sew!

Colleen

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Date: 1/11/10 1:09 AM

The Silver Star is a great GF iron! I had one before my Naomoto, and still have & use it!

I forgot to mention to the OP other reasons why I went with gravity feed rather than steam generator; with GF it's simple to empty -completely- the water bottle. It's also very simple to wash the water bottle thoroughly as needed. With SG it's a lot tougher to empty the reservoir, and I can't stand sitting water. And you can't scrub out a reservoir. Just a thing with me...I always gotta have fresh clean water in any equipment that requires water. (My cat totally appreciates this when it comes to his water fountain. )

IMO, the GF steam is much drier than SG. I don't press & steam at the same time. I steam the fabric without the iron touching the fabric, then I dry-press. GF is perfect for this.

The irons themselves; I want heavy and small so the iron does the pressing work, not me, and small enough to maneuver easily. I found unless you go for the $$$$ professional SG systems, the iron itself was more like a household iron, big and lightweight.

And this is just me, but I REALLY don't like steam pressure. I don't like any kind of pressure systems. It takes me 10 minutes at gas stations to open my gas tank cover, one millimeter turn at a time. Always having to release the steam pressure, with the warning of CAUTION (this sucker can blow your freakin' head off!) always produced anxiety in me.

So that's why I prefer GF irons.

I love my gravity feed iron. Or did I mention that?

-- Edited on 1/11/10 1:14 AM --

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

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Date: 1/11/10 1:23 AM

That's interesting about using tap water in a gravity feed iron. I do recall someone else mentioning that awhile ago. But I've only used distilled water in my Naomoto, along with the resin filtration beads, based on the recommendation of Cleaner's Supply.

The water in the hanging bottle seems to last a really long time, even though I do use the iron a lot. I've also been surprised that I haven't had to change the beads yet. I keep looking up expecting them to be brown, and they're still blue. These are the beads that came with the iron a little more than 1-1/2 years ago. Perhaps the distilled water is overkill with the beads, but I'm determined to keep this great iron in tip-top shape!

Whatever water one uses, I'm glad to see that others love their gravity feed irons too.

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Date: 1/11/10 8:08 AM

Well, I loved my Rowenta steam generator until last night when it sprung a leak. I have a crack in it somewhere.

I'm taking it back to Bed Bath and Beyond today to exchange it for a new ones, I've had it less than a month.

Hopefully it was just a fluke, but I hate when that happens.

The iron itself has been wonderful to use, once I got the kinks out of it.

Does anyone know anything about it getting leaks? Not the iron portion, the base portion. And no, I didn't overfill it, that was my first concern.

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