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Time for a new iron
Aug 18, 2012, 10:41 PMQuiltedMouse
Time for a new iron
My iron that I got free from Oreck for trying out their vacuum (which I promptly shipped back to them with a thank you for the free iron) totally overheated on me. It left a massive scorch mark on my ironing board and fairly well demolished the little mini cathedral window I was working on. THANKFULLY I was only ironing ONE window or I would be really fuming!
Anyways, now time to trudge into that wonderful world of iron shopping. It seems like every iron under the sun has such mixed reviews. I love all the steam holes on the Rowenta's, but it sure seems like a risky purchase as half of them seem to be lemons. What iron are you using and are you happy with it?
Also does anyone have any good ideas for where to get a good price on an iron? I thought I'd just hit up Joann's, but I see their fine print on their coupons strictly forbid irons...which is weird.
I need an iron that loves to steam and also I don't mind one that has some weight behind it. I'm hoping to spend between 50-75...hoping to be able to wait for a sale and get closer to the 50 dollar price range.
Thanks for all your help!
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Aug 19, 2012, 01:35 AMjayardi
My favorite is Sunbeam. Walmart had a Steam Master under $30 a few years ago. It had a retractable cord, which I never used so the cord did develop a week spot and opened up. My electrician friend fixed it for me, so I am happy again.
Aug 19, 2012, 05:46 AMKim - Strut526
i have that iron..and a black and decker i got from target. no problems with them at all..
Aug 19, 2012, 09:11 AMbettyb
Have a Rowenta for over 5 years and does a beautiful job. No leaks or spitting. Would buy another. Do you have Bed Bath and Beyond? Coupons for 20% off.
Aug 19, 2012, 09:15 AMSew Happy
I just purchased a Black and Decker Digital Advantage from Amazon for $39.99. I have two of these for my quilt camps and really like them and the price is right. Heats quickly and steams great.
I like Rowenta also but my last one didn't last as long as previous ones and I just didn't want to spend that much money this time.
Aug 19, 2012, 12:04 PMSusan-TN
I'll be looking forward to seeing what everyone says about irons. I've finally decided that I would like to add an iron to the list of sewing items for me to take to class- it seems like they never have enough irons. I do have a good iron at home, but I would prefer that it stay there.
Happy Stitching All!
Aug 19, 2012, 03:53 PMQuiltedMouse
I think I'm going to get the Black & Decker Digital Advance one. It has pretty good reviews on Amazon and is on sale there now.
When I win the lottery I'm definitely going to buy a Rowenta. I'd just like to see how they actually compare. lol
Thanks for your input ladies!
Aug 19, 2012, 04:35 PMlindaj52
I just retired my old Black & Decker. Had it for about 12 or 13 years. It cost me about $12 at Wal-Mart. Bought my new iron at Wal-Mart, too. It's a Proctor Silex. I love how light weight it is and how much steam it makes. And it only cost $7.99!
Aug 19, 2012, 05:20 PMStarrySky
Always like my T-Fal irons. Never leak, not too heavy, and glide like silk. Even DH will iron his own shirts with them. Obviously a gal can't mess up a system like that, once she gets it going.
Aug 19, 2012, 06:30 PMEBGQ
I have one of the lemon Rowenta's, first it spit, then the steam died and now the heat doesn't always work. However, the guild has two of them for retreats and they work great so I too am on the market for a new one
Aug 19, 2012, 07:55 PMLumpy Tush
I too have a T-Fal and wouldn't give it up for anything. It never leaks even after i knocked it off the board and has a non stick sole plate. I had a walmart Black n decker and 3 days later it started spewing sparks and water. I NEVER leave the room without unplugging my iron.I also only use distiled water no matter what the book says cause I know it would build up the gunk in our water.
Aug 19, 2012, 09:01 PMWill Quilt for Chocolate
I have a T-Fall that I bought at Target at least 4 years ago. I never put water in mine anymore, so I can't tell you about steam, but the iron going strong and I really like it.
Aug 19, 2012, 10:48 PMQuiltedMouse
Another day, another changed decision! lol After reading all your comments about the T-Fal iron, I researched them a bit and was very impressed by all the information there is on them on amazon. With black and decker, it is just the most basic information and no picture of the sole plate either. T-fal has a whole information leaflet on the differences between their irons, etc, etc, etc as well as scads of pictures! Yay! So as of right now, I'm getting a T-fal FV4476003 Ultraglide Easycord Steam Iron with Scratch Resistant Ceramic Nonstick Soleplate and Scale System Boy oh boy, they could sure work on their naming tho! That's a mouthful!
Aug 19, 2012, 11:03 PMCA Lori
I've had my Rowenta for almost 13 years and have never really liked it. I have never had any problem with it though.
I loved my previous Westinghouse; but when I needed a new one, the only brand everyone seemed to carry was Rowenta.
I can say the same thing about my Bernina sewing machine, which I purchased back in 2000. I've never liked it as much as I did my Singer Touch & Sew (circa 1968, give or take). Maybe I just don't like change!
Aug 20, 2012, 10:04 AMStarrySky
QM, I hope you'll be another happy T-Fal owner. I have an Easycord, but it's not quite that style/color. I like it. I'm sure, in time, you'll go from calling it by its full given name to calling it "the iron."
Aug 20, 2012, 10:20 AMFleur55
QM, I think you will really enjoy the T-fal. Last year I had to purchase a new iron, the research seemed overwhelming. I finally decided on the T-fal 4379, I love it, soo many steam vents and easy to clean. I purchased it from Amazon, great price and came within a few days!
Aug 21, 2012, 06:28 PMCr8tve1
I have bought several irons and am disappointed that they don't really get the wrinkles out. It looks like they do and when you pick fabric off ironing board, you still see a line or krinkle. Do any of these irons really get the wrinkles out? (I have mine on cotton at the highest setting.)