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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > Reliable Irons - are they really reliable? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 9/28/10 10:22 AM

I am so naive sometimes. I believe everything I read about an iron before I buy it; being an eternal optimist, I lean towards the positive reviews. Well, I've had it with my little Shark Rapido - Who said it never leaked or sputtered? And it shuts off so quickly - just when I need to open a seam !

I just saw a Reliable V50 on sale at Atlanta Thread and the sale only lasts a few more days. There are only a few reviews out there as it is pretty new. Does anyone have any honest feelings about this iron ? I know it's lighter in weight than the V95. In this iron, is lighter better? Will it still do a great job?

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Date: 9/28/10 10:43 AM

I can't speak for the V50, but I have the V100 and love it. I got it on sale with free shipping about a year ago from Atlanta Threads. It works the same now as when I got it and I use it all the time. So as far as Reliable's products go, I've had a good experience.

The original V50 came out before the V100... but now they've revamped it. That orange sure is cute! And how awesome that they added the auto shut-off override; that feature was one of the main reasons I chose the V100 over the original V50, which didn't have the override. The V100 does have nicer LED display for temp and steam settings. As far as weight... sometimes you want a heavier iron to make it easier to press and get out wrinkles. But the V100 is fairly heavy, and if you aren't very strong something a little lighter may be preferable. I can't tell how much lighter the V50 really is though. It has less water capacity, but I find that the water in the iron makes surprisingly little difference in the weight.

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Date: 9/28/10 10:53 AM



Orange.. now that does sound cute.. can you link it.. and someone go tell Mary about it.. she just loves orange...

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Date: 9/28/10 10:57 AM

Atlanta Thread - Reliable V50

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Date: 9/28/10 11:05 AM

I have the V95, I think. Even though I paid about $125 for mine, I will never, ever go back to the cheapo irons sold at Target, etc. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE mine.

These irons have a separate steam tank from the iron itself. On most irons that lack this feature, you cannot use steam until your iron reaches a certain temperature, which means no steam for most polyesters. If you sew, you need to be able to steam anything.

My V95 is well made and cuts off if you don't use it. The newer V100 models don't cut off as quickly and have bigger water tanks (they weigh a few ounces more as a consequence).

These irons do not spit, sputter or dispel disgusting brown gunk; however, they do require filters. And I also use distilled water (keeps the filters good longer). Also, I've had the iron about a year now. No signs of rust on the outside.

My last iron--a $75 Black & Decker had rust build-up on it within 6 months. Although it claimed you should just use tap water, anytime I did, it had lots of salt build up and spit like a scaredy-cat constantly.

Before that, I had a Sunset iron I had bought in the '80s. It was a good iron with good quality that you don't get today; and was working just fine.

But 2 years ago, even though this has never happened before, I convinced myself to get rid of it in favor of the Black & Decker because it had an automatic shut-off and would keep me from burning down the house should I forget to turn it off. Now, I've never forgotten to turn my iron off, but I thought I just might. I hated the B&D from the start; it just seemed cheap to me. That's why I broke down and bought the Reliable V95. I'm so glad I did.

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2014 Total Stash Used -- 2.5
2014 Total Items Embroidered -- 2
2014 Goal: Sew 1 garment per month. Less stash at end of 2014 than at end of 2013.

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Date: 9/28/10 11:25 AM



So, here I am, making a mental list of all of this ... only have two days to decide if I'll make this sale at A. Thread. Wish there was a sewist out there who actually had the V50. Maybe it is just too new ??

Ok...Here's my "thought list" so far.

V95
Tried and tested true
$99 with free ship
Weight 4 lbs.
3 minute shut-off in auto mode
1600 watts

V50
Too new to be tested by our sewists ?
$86 (for the next 2 days) free ship
Weight 3.3 lbs.
8 minute shut off in auto mode
1800 watts

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Date: 9/28/10 11:27 AM

Lucy, Please tell me more about the filters ? I currently use distilled water, too. How often do the filters need to be replaced? Are they costly ?

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Date: 9/28/10 11:42 AM

I used distilled water in my V100 and haven't had to change the filter yet after having it for a year. On both the Reliable website and on Amazon a set of 2 filters costs $16.95.

I think there needs to be some clarification about the models. I was confused about it at first myself. The V50 is totally new. The V95 is an earlier model, a precursor to the V100 that has less water capacity, no auto-shutoff override, and is 1500 watt. The V100 is the 'top' model that is heaviest, with the most water capacity, auto shut-off override, and is 1800 watt. The V50 has the same water capacity as the V95 (1.25 cups), but has auto shut-off override and is 1800 watts. I think the V50 is a better deal than the V95, plus it costs less and is ORANGE!!

Just in case it's not clear, all of the irons have auto shut-off. But the V50 and V100 allow you to override it and keep the iron on as long as you want, which is nice for when you are sewing and need to keep returning to the iron to press, and don't want to have to keep turning it on.

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Date: 9/28/10 12:00 PM

The filters are available from Amazon.com and come 2 to a pack for $16.95 USD. Here is a link:

Reliable Iron filters

I haven't had to change mine yet, even though I've been using mine (I guess not as heavily as I thought) for about a year. I think the iron let's you know when it needs a new one, but I should probably recheck my manual; you can always pull out the filter and see if it looks dirty. I think heavy users, who also may not use distilled water, tend to change theirs every 6 months. So that may be important for you to consider.

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Total Stash at end of 2013 -- about 750 yards.
2014 Total Items Sewn -- 1
2014 Total Stash Used -- 2.5
2014 Total Items Embroidered -- 2
2014 Goal: Sew 1 garment per month. Less stash at end of 2014 than at end of 2013.

Machines: Babylock Ellisimo; Viking Platinum 770; Brother 900D
Serger: Baby Lock Evolve

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Date: 9/28/10 12:32 PM


Well then.. its the orange one for me.. now I just have to go find Mary G.. and enabl..er..tell her about it..

OH. Marrrrryyyyyyyyy

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