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marymary86
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Date: 9/25/12 9:59 AM

I've been using the type of ironing board that hooks to the back of a door. DH and I noticed that the door is wearing badly.

I also had a bottom of the line Black and Decker iron that had begun spitting and spewing tiny bits of metal when it steamed as I ironed.

We decided to get the Rowenta iron that's at our Costco. Their return policy is awesome and I knew I could just take it back if I didn't like it.

It's a ton heavier than the old iron and it goes through DH's shirts like butter. I can't wait to start sewing (hopefully today) and put it through its paces.

I also got an extra wide ironing board (Better Homes and Gardens) from Walmart. I really like it.

Anyway the main point of this was just to say how much of a difference a good iron and ironing board makes. I think the weight of that iron is a big part of it. I iron all of DH's dress shirts and khakis and it's so much easier now. His shirts look a lot better. This iron has a "pointer" tip that lets me get around the top buttons around the collar and the tip is actually hot.

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Date: 9/25/12 11:04 AM

It is SO amazing what a difference good equipment makes in the results. Good for you in finding this out. I even got a big heavy Rowenta ironing board for $100 because I was so tired of the cheap ones wobbling.

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Date: 9/25/12 12:16 PM

What a timely post! My iron has stopped steaming or the button to control the steam is stuck. I also have a Black and Decker and looking to upgrade and glad to hear you like your Rowenta. I'll look into it!

ETA: Today I noticed a Rowenta on one of the home shopping channels.
-- Edited on 9/26/12 5:23 PM --

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Date: 9/26/12 2:37 PM

Good to know the Costco iron is worthy. I am in need of an iron... which I can hardly believe I am saying, as I recall childhood and teen years of ironing only collars and cuffs and dreading even that... But it makes such a difference in the outcome to press as you go!

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Date: 9/26/12 3:20 PM

here's my update (after catching up all of DH's dress shirts):

The iron cost just under $70 @ Costco. I should go look up the model number and I'll try to remember to go do that.

I have to refill the reservoir constantly. It sounds like a freight train when I set it down to reposition a shirt. Neither of those are deal breakers.

It seems to leak a little though and I don't think it's acceptable. I'm going to exchange it just in case I got a lemon.

After I finished ironing, I noticed water was dripping from under the ironing board - that much steam had gone through the padding and was dripping below. I probably ironed a dozen shirts.

I have some old wool fabric in my stash that I just don't like any more and I think I'm going to use it to beef up the padding. There were times I could see the honeycomb pattern in the board on the shirts I was ironing.

Is there a place to review irons here? I should go look. :)

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Date: 9/26/12 6:19 PM

I have that extra wide board from Walmart and I love the size of it plus it is pretty sturdy. I like the extra space when ironing fabric for quilts. I have had a few Rowentas but have never fallen in love with them. For about a year I have had the Oliso Pro Smart Iron TG1600 and am quite happy with it. I agree that good equipment really makes a job easier and motivates you to use it more.

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Date: 9/27/12 0:47 AM

Quote: marymary86
here's my update (after catching up all of DH's dress shirts):



The iron cost just under $70 @ Costco. I should go look up the model number and I'll try to remember to go do that.



I have to refill the reservoir constantly. It sounds like a freight train when I set it down to reposition a shirt. Neither of those are deal breakers.



It seems to leak a little though and I don't think it's acceptable. I'm going to exchange it just in case I got a lemon.



After I finished ironing, I noticed water was dripping from under the ironing board - that much steam had gone through the padding and was dripping below. I probably ironed a dozen shirts.



I have some old wool fabric in my stash that I just don't like any more and I think I'm going to use it to beef up the padding. There were times I could see the honeycomb pattern in the board on the shirts I was ironing.



Is there a place to review irons here? I should go look. :)

I bought that iron earlier this year and I had to take it back. It leaked all the time, I couldn't stand it. I ended up buying thr Rowenta Steamium from Bed Bath Beyond - it's worked well so far - about 6 months of daily use. It was more expensive but I used one of their 20% off coupons.

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Date: 10/13/12 8:26 PM

If you ladies look at the Rowenta, try to get one made in Germany. They all used to be made there but now a lot of them are made in China and the quality seems to have gone downhill. I have a 1700 watt Microsteam 400 with lots of steam jets and I love it. It almost makes ironing pleasurable. It will say "made in Germany" on the iron. You do have to refill it quite a bit since it really produces the steam but I don't mind that - uses plain tap water.

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Date: 10/13/12 10:40 PM

You are so right! The proper equipment makes ironing a much more enjoyable experience.

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Date: 10/14/12 11:43 PM

I adore my Rowenta iron. What a difference. I love to iron again. LOL
I was considering that Rowenta ironing board. I'm so tired of flimsy boards.

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