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Date: 4/30/11 10:52 PM

Hello everyone. I need a new iron, one that will iron well, preferably with a smooth plate that doesn't snag and glides easily over seams. I'd also like it to have a retractable cord. I'd like it to heat quickly. I'd rather it take plain tap water to steam, but I suppose if I have to purify water for it I will.

Does anyone have any recommendations for me? Thanks in advance!

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Date: 5/1/11 7:04 AM

A few months ago I purchased an Oliso Pro Smart Iron at a quilt show and just love it. It raises on it's own so there's not need to lift it a zillion times when pressing blocks. The steam is plentiful and consistent and it has a 30-minute auto shut-off rather than 10 minutes. It's easy to add water and it takes regular tap.

I felt it was worth the cost. I paid $140 at the show.

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Date: 5/1/11 11:45 AM

Thanks PixieCat. I've think I've seen that one at Joann Fabrics as well as a local sewing machine dealer I'd been to recently.

I've been looking on line all morning and I'm getting more and more confused. I've seen some in the 40-50$ range that have great reviews, but then I'll see the same ones on another site with not so great reviews. Likewise, the more expensive irons have good and bad reviews as well. I'd hate to spend a lot of money on an iron only to find out later that I could have spent much less. The iron I have now never gets hot enough so it doesn't press a really crisp flat seam.

I'm trying to take my time to research this, but I have projects I'm working on and I want to use a good iron on them so I hope to get one soon.

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Date: 5/4/11 11:09 AM

I would stay away from the less expensive Rowenta's. I bought one & it spit spit all the time! My sister bought a Professional Rowenta last fall & it too is spit spit. Very messy & annoying!
I bought a Sunbeam Classic last summer & it stays hot & is durable... as nosey kitties have tipped onto to the floor several times! While it is off of course! The one drawback is it uses tons of water. I have gotten so I keep a couple of 20 oz bottles of water by the ironing board when I use my iron saves many trips to get more water. I think I paid around $40 for it. Oh it also has steam button for an extra burst steam I like that feature allot.
I would be interested to know what kind you end up buying. I am thinking when money is available I may get another iron so I have a backup too.
Best wishes shopping for your new iron!

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Date: 5/4/11 12:19 PM

I think I saw Sunbeam either at Target or Kohls over the weekend. I don't mind using lots of water and I think your idea of keeping it nearby is a good one. I think I really need the steam anyway. It's so frustrating to iron the folds out of fabric, then come back to it half and hour later and you can clearly see the folds still!

I've used the Rowenta Professional at my local quilting shop and they work well, but the reviews overall are not good. It kind of sounds like you either get lucky or you don't and I don't want to spend that kind of money for a problem iron.

Thanks for the input. I'll look into the Sunbeam more later this week!

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Date: 5/4/11 3:16 PM

The Sunbeam classic I have is black & silver & has a coated sole plate. It is also a longer automatic shut off time... if you keep using it fairly often though it stays on just fine while sewing. There was another Sunbeam classic where I bought mine & I believe it was a shorter auto shut off time. Mine is also the one that is a easy to see where the water level is, not completely solid on top. I hope this info helps.
I agree with you... too many wrinkles in fabric... an annoying problem!

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Date: 5/13/11 5:30 PM

Joann Fabrics has 25% off their irons for the next few days so today I picked up the Iliso Smart Iron for 90$. I've used it at quilt classes and I really liked it. It was heavy and solid and really smoothed out my creases nicely so I think I'll be happy with it. For now I'm whooped from a mad day of shopping though so I probably won't even take it out of the box until tomorrow.

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Date: 5/13/11 7:35 PM

Maybe that is what this site needs too - IRON reviews.

I have been through 3 irons in 2 years. I had a B&D that was pretty good and it died. So I got this $90 Shark at our Canadian Tire and it broke after about 4 months. It works but I bought it because it had this really powerful steam function which gradually just died out. It is also very heavy which I did not like.

I hit it lucky and found the B&D that I had that was supposidly not made anymore and scooped it up. Everytime I use it - it is with crossed fingers that it doesn't die.

I found out a really neat thing though. I too use tap water in my iron and keep a large jug handy for fill ups. However, I found if I fill up my ironing jug with water from my fridge that gets filtered - my iron works much better. Not as much spitting and no mineral stain and buildup cloging the steam holes. We have fairly hard water in our area so - go figure this might help!! Anyway, I thought I would pass this along.

Next iron I think might be that Oliso. Shopping for an iron is bad enough but even worse is trying to find an replacement ironing board cover for my extra large Rowenta Ironing Board.

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Date: 5/13/11 8:30 PM

A couple of years ago I bought a Digital Advantage by B&D - loved that iron. It lasted about 5 years and then died. Could I find another one? NOoooooo. So I bought another B&D model, but really missed the digital features and it just isn't the same. So this year, I spent my mother's day gift cards on a Reliable V100, and so far I'm really happy with it. LOTS of steam when I want it, and no steam at all when I don't want it. A little heavier than my B&D, but really professional results. I like the changable filter, even though I use distilled water, because it's like an extra safety-valve to keep the iron's insides 'healthy'. Looking forward to loving this iron as much as the original B&D.
NAYY of course.

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Date: 5/13/11 10:17 PM

Well I tried out my new iron this evening and the improvement was very noticeable. My quilt top looks much better already! It steamed and the material got significantly hotter. The seams are laying flatter. I'm pretty happy so far!

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