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.
• • • 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.
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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! Susan
Posts: 581 | Location: East TN | Registered: May 05, 2007
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!
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
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.
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!
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!
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."
Posts: 4488 | Location: About 28,000 Light Years From Galactic Center | Registered: Jul 23, 2004
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!
Posts: 281 | Location: Inland Empire, CA | Registered: May 04, 2012
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.)
Posts: 3023 | Location: Virginia Beach, VA USA | Registered: Apr 03, 2004