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Date: 4/26/13 1:54 PM

I have a Black n Decker iron that I have had for years. Still works fine. But am wondering if upgrading my iron is worth it.

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Date: 4/26/13 2:09 PM

Eh. I think it's all individual. I have the B&D classic and I love how hot it gets and how heavy it is. Before that I had some other non-descript $30 type iron.

I've bought a $100 iron that burnt out faster than the $25-$30 ones.

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Date: 4/26/13 2:49 PM

Why upgrade as long as you're happy with it? I mean, people upgrade sewing machines when they're just as happy with what they have...

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Date: 4/26/13 8:32 PM

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Eh. I think it's all individual. I have the B&D classic and I love how hot it gets and how heavy it is. Before that I had some other non-descript $30 type iron.



I've bought a $100 iron that burnt out faster than the $25-$30 ones.


I'm with Nakisha.I absolutely *adore* my ten-year-old, $30ish Sunbeam, and if it ever finally gives up the ghost, I'm buying another (which will be my third). It gets hot enough to put a crease in anything, puts out steam like a locomotive, heats up in the time it takes me to walk across the room and fetch a shirt from the closet (it's also my everyday iron), and doesn't have steam vents at the tip, so you can manipulate fine details without burning your fingers.

If your "still works fine" iron has a list of similar features that perform really well for your needs, then save your iron budget for fabric and patterns! If it really is "just OK," and you find yourself having to work a little harder than you like, or your garments don't end up looking as professional as you want, you might think about an upgrade.

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Date: 4/27/13 4:03 AM

Dont invest if you like it. Too many of the fancy ones die before their warranty is even up.

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Date: 4/27/13 5:54 PM

I don't think there is a universally good iron. I had a B & D years ago and it was garbage. I've had my Rowenta for 6 or so years and love it but others have hated theirs.
If you still love your iron and it's still working fine for you then keep using it until it dies...save that money for fabric!

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Date: 4/27/13 10:36 PM

It really depends on the type of garment I'm sewing. That is an ordinary iron is fine if I'm just sewing a tee shirt. But for tailoring a wool jacket, I need a iron that pumps out a lot of steam.

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Date: 4/28/13 4:19 PM

Thanks for all your feedback. It is till working well after all these years and so I will keep it and spend the money on fabric :)

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Date: 4/28/13 4:41 PM

"If it isn't broke, don't fix it" is a good rule of thumb.

When my iron died (don't remember what brand it was) I bought a Rowenta and it has been a very good iron. It is TOL, but not one with a tank. Also, no matter what the instructions state, use tap water for just one filling and then distilled water only and not mineral or any other "healthy" water.

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