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Date: 1/17/10 6:37 PM

I just bought the Naomoto HYS 58 and the iron came with very little instruction. At first I was having problems with the iron soaking my clothes with water. I think I've figured out the problem there. (Possibly holding the trigger down too long). The iron doesn't seem to stay really hot, is that normal? Also, the website recommends that the water bottle valve be turned off (though the knob doesn't say what is closed or open) and to drain the hose when finished using it. Do others with this iron drain the hose? Seems like that would be hard on the hosing not to mention a real pain. I am disappointed on the lack of instructions and am starting to regret the purchase. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Date: 1/17/10 7:24 PM

I don't remove the hose every time to drain it; I close the valve on the bottle and then hold the steam button. This will steam out any water sitting in the iron. You don't want to leave water standing in the iron for any length of time.

When you next go to use your iron, turn it on and allow it to heat for 10 minutes.Then open the bottle valve and press the steam switch, which will fill the hose with water.

Gravity feed systems are not meant to be continous steam. You lightly steam the fabric from above (iron not touching) and then you dry-press the fabric/garment. By holding down the steam button constantly, the iron will cool down (cold water is entering the iron where it's converted to steam) and it will start to pee on your fabric.

The Naomoto you have is (very rightly, imo!) considered the very best gravity steam iron on the market. It is different than a regular household iron and takes a bit of getting used to. But once you become comfortable with it, I think you'll love the beautiful pressing it can do.

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Date: 1/17/10 8:25 PM

KarenG, I agree that the instructions that come with the Naomoto HYS 58 are pretty poor. However, I think you'll find it to be a truly great iron once you get used to it. I really don't know how I sewed without it.

You don't mention where you bought it. I bought mine from Cleaner's Supply and took advantage of their technical support while learning how to best use it. They were able to (patiently) answer all of my questions. There is also a section called Articles and Advice on their website. THIS LINK takes you to the first of five pages of Q and A on the irons they sell. There is lots of good info there.

This is what I do each time I use it:
To turn it on.....
I plug it in the outlet.
I turn the cord power switch to on.
I adjust the temperature to reflect what type of fabric I'm pressing.
I immediately open the water bottle supply by turning the knob all the way to the left.
I wait perhaps 5 minutes until the iron is hot enough to use.
When I want steam, I press the steam button briefly. Short bursts of steam are how it works best.

To turn it off.......
I close the water bottle supply by turning the knob all the way to the right.
I briefly release whatever water might be inside the iron by pressing the steam button.
I turn the cord power switch to off.
I pull the plug from the outlet.

I never remove the water from the hose or the bottle. The hose and bottle (with water and resin) remain as they are until the next time I need to press. With the water bottle closed, it appears that the water stays suspended in the hose. Even though the website indicates otherwise, Cleaner's Supply tech support said that, as long as I close the water bottle knob, it wasn't really necessary to remove the water from the hose before turning off the iron. Since it takes time, I don't bother.

Also, if I occasionally get an air bubble inside the hose while ironing, I tap the steam button briefly and repeatedly until the bubble moves down and out the bottom of the hose until I can't see it.

Like LynneRowe, I can't say enough good things about my Naomoto iron. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat if something were to ever happen to it. So far, however, it has been perfectly reliable for the approximately 21 months I've owned it. I hope yours is too!

HTH!

ETA that I also always use demineralizer resin as well as distilled water at all times. The Cleaner's Supply website indicates that distilled water makes the resin last longer. I think it is also cheap insurance that nothing builds up in the iron.



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Date: 1/18/10 8:28 AM

Thanks so much Lynn and Barbara for the advice. I am going to print out both your posts and try these steps. I do really want to love this iron! It is a big investment. I think understanding the concept of how it works will help too. By the way, I did purchase it through Cleaner's Supply. They had the best price.

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Date: 1/18/10 10:01 AM

What helped me when I first started using gravity feeds was to think of it as a piece of professional pressing equipment (say that fast 3 times, lol!), not as an iron. It's tough to get out of the ironing habit of "back & forth over & over again lotsa steam" mindset and get into the "light steam then press up and down pat pat pat smooth shape shrink".

Iron = drudgery, pressing = creative artist.

I watched an amazing man in London, a bespoke tailor who made Queen's Guards uniforms, the white fitted-like-second-skin trousers. He could take a square piece of wool and just using his gravity feed iron, shape it into a circle.

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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: 1/19/10 6:39 AM

I wanted to thank everyone for their posts. I bought this iron over a year ago, hung the bottle up and never used it. I am a little bit afraid of the whole thing. But as I declared in my sewing resolutions - 2010 is the year of sewing fearlessly! This thread is perfect encouragement to get it out of the box and get it going.

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Date: 5/25/10 8:27 AM

Just ordered my Naomoto tonight and I'm curious about the resin packs that come with the iron. It looks like the demineralizers are big beads that don't dissolve into the water itself, can someone let me know what I'm expecting?

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Date: 5/25/10 11:15 AM

You're absolutely correct. When the beads change colour to brown, it's time to empty & clean the bottle & refill with new beads. Congrats on your Naomoto! You'll be amazed at how it presses!

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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: 5/25/10 4:38 PM

I am really looking forward to it!! I brought back a GF iron earlier in February from Beijing, and it's not steaming anymore. I think it's clogged up. The instructions said to put in this packet of powdered demineralizer that ended up turning into small flakes and I *think* has clogged up the solenoid. DH is currently in FL and while I am usually one to open stuff up to explore/attempt to fix, this time I am fed up with yet another piece of sewing equipment failing when I am ready to sew. Glad to know that these beads aren't going to get through to the iron!!

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Date: 5/26/10 5:04 PM

Lucky you!
The naomoto is the truly one of the best irons out there but far too expensive for my budget.

The suggestions given are excellent.

ARIa

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