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Date: 12/30/11 9:04 AM

Does anyone know who still makes or where a Puff Iron can be obtained? I am referring to the small home sewer variety, not the large expensive dry cleaner type. I have several vintage patterns, and even maybe newer patterns that feature puff sleeves. The brand which used to be available is Vin Max.

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Date: 12/30/11 9:52 AM

Here is a Vin Max for you:

Vin Max Puff iron

HTH

Colleen

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Date: 12/30/11 1:01 PM

Thank you, unfortunately I have already tried that place, made the order, etc. and they canceled my order cause they no longer have it. I think they should remove the item from their online store.

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Date: 2/11/12 5:42 PM

The Vin Max link was from a website in 2003. A fire destroyed the Vin Max building where manufacturing was done. They are supposedly bringing back various products to production, one at a time, but if they bring back the puff iron, it will be last, as it was not a hot seller. Your best bet is to watch ebay. Don't be looking for a bargain just because it is used - most of them that show up go for $75-$100 because they are in demand. I had them on my website 10 years ago and when someone searches, it still shows up.
(nothing goes away on the internet). If you find one, they are wonderful. I use mine all of the time. Do NOT use a light bulb! A couple of my students and customers have had the bulb explode, which ruined the dress (glass shard + garment = Oh No!). You can try the little round bolloons (the type used for water balloons). You can blow them up, stick them in the sleeve and then wait for them to dry - you can use a hair dryer if you are in a hurry. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Date: 3/10/12 5:25 AM

Hi CathrynR, a Vin Max was listed today on Ebay. It is a buy it now for $70.00. Hope you can buy it. I found my iron in a bin of stuff at a thrift shop. I don't think they had any idea what it was.

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Date: 3/10/12 9:23 AM

I don't mean to hijack the thread but this seemed as appropriate a place to ask as any other...
Have you seen the iron that Fons and Porter uses on their show?
It's like a pop-up iron. I've never seen anything like it.

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Date: 3/10/12 1:23 PM

Hi CathrynR. Please message me about the puff iron. I may have located one for cheap. Sew Cool

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Date: 3/10/12 2:47 PM

The iron they use is an Oliso. I've demoed one at a craft fair, and it seemed really nice. The pop-up feature could be handy especially if you were a quilter dealing with lots of little pieces.

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Date: 3/10/12 6:03 PM

Laura,
Thanks for your reply. I continued snooping and found the iron I was talking about available thru Nancy's Notions. I agree, it really does look like it'd be terrific for quilting. I'm not in the market (just purchased a wonderful Rowenta a few months ago), I was just so intrigued by the design that I wanted to know more.

Linda

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In reply to Sew Cool


Date: 3/14/12 11:28 AM

If she doesn't want it, let me know, or if someone has one for reasonable, please.

I lent mine to a 'friend' a few years back, and they won't return it.

(sigh)
Susan

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