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safrmaz replied on Fri, Sep 30 2011 1:57 PM

Barbara, 

Rowentas are available practically everywhere.  I bought my 2nd one with the coupon at Bed, Bath & Beyond many years ago.   Prior to that, the first one came from QVC before they became available all over.  I think JoAnn sells them, too and I don't believe there is an exclusion from using the coupon  on it.

Sounds like the people who commented favorably have newer models than the two I had that shorted out.  Maybe I'll try one again.  I really liked how they heated up and didn't leak 

 

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Karla replied on Fri, Sep 30 2011 3:05 PM

Sheri A.:
I think JoAnn sells them, too and I don't believe there is an exclusion from using the coupon  on it.

 You can not use the 50% off coupon on irons at Jo-Ann's as they are excluded in the fine print on the coupon.

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I purchased a $30 Sunbeam from Walmart that I am extremely happy with. (don't remember the model, but it has a blue "tank" and stainless sole plate. I do wish I could bypass the auto off, but it heats back up again fast enough for me.   I have had 2 rowentas, both started leaking terribly after about a years use. Perhaps the much older models are better. (mine were with in the past 4 years) I even "splurged" and purchased the Reliable Velocity V50 based on what I had been told about it. Big mistake for the money. (am currently working on getting a refund or replacement). 

As for machines - I have a Janome AQS anniversary edition. I forget what that translates to in regular models, but it weighs less than 12 lbs and is a dream to use, both for classes and as a back up at home. (my 'big' machine is a Babylock Quilters choice). I wouldn't hesitate to go with the smaller Babylock either, it just happened that I got a good deal on the Janome at the time.

 

 

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gini replied on Fri, Sep 30 2011 3:59 PM

akvallhund, welcome to the group

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Marie replied on Fri, Sep 30 2011 5:47 PM

Barbara:
my biggest problem is they start leaking something awfu

Barbara that's what happened to my Rowenta so I bought the Olisio at a quilt show and so far so good, no spitting.  I wish I had a thrift shop near me like Gini's.

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Valory replied on Fri, Sep 30 2011 5:56 PM

I have a Rowenta too and love that is has strong steam and a nice point for making my seams and points just right!

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Valory replied on Fri, Sep 30 2011 6:04 PM

I saw one I was thinking about that is a demo with little use but a great price.  It's a Brother, who makes Baby Locks.  Here is the link http://www.longarmsupplies.net/brothernx450qsewingandquilting.aspx

I have several Brothers and have loved them.  The ones from Walmart etc, are their lower end models but I have one I bought at Costco and it has been great.  My husband thinks it's his!  Good luck!

 

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Eileen replied on Fri, Sep 30 2011 8:03 PM

I just got my Joann Fabric Columbus Day ad in the mail & they have Rowenta irons & steamers at 20% off. They also have a couple simple Singer machines on sale - one is $99.99 ((Singer tradition 2277) and the other is $149.99 (Singer 4411 Heavy Duty). The ad does not mention weight.

When I bought my Reliable iron, I actually got it online at Joann & was able to use the 40% or 50% coupon I had at the time (last year).  I don't know if that was a fluke or normal.

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MNnancy replied on Fri, Sep 30 2011 8:37 PM

I just purchased my second T-fal iron - got it from Amazon for $39.  It does have a teflon soleplate, heats quickly, and steams nicely.  Interesting that the manual says NOT to use distilled water.  Tap water is best or 1/2 tap and 1/2 purified.  (purified?  as in drinking water in bottles?)


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Barbara replied on Fri, Sep 30 2011 9:27 PM

Nancy,I had a TFal and I loved it and then one day I picked it up to use it and all the water came out the sole plate. I'd only had it alittle over a year ,I was really bumbed about that . Glad yours is working great ..Barbara

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Marie replied on Sat, Oct 1 2011 7:39 AM

MNnancy:
  (purified?  as in drinking water in bottles?)

Yes Nancy as in water in bottles.  That's what my Olisio requires.  My tap water has many chems in it so I have a dispenser with the large water jug I purchased at BJ's.

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MNnancy:
Interesting that the manual says NOT to use distilled water. 

Nancy,

The Rowenta's say this too and they mean it. The only time I ever had leaking or spitting was using distilled water. Don't know why they work like that, but do by all means use tap water or half and half. 

 

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safrmaz replied on Sat, Oct 1 2011 8:18 AM

I never used distilled water in my Rowentas and they never leaked.  I read somewhere to NOT use distilled water but use spring water in irons.  When I switched from tap water to spring water in my Black & Decker, the build-up of mineral scale and rusty chunks lessened dramatically.  I buy the spring water by the gallon like you can buy distilled water.

 

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aresea replied on Sat, Oct 1 2011 8:30 AM

Now that you have discussed the water in your irons,  I prefer the cordless irons.  Does Rowenta come in a cordless?  I haven't been able to find one.  

 

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Barbara replied on Sat, Oct 1 2011 8:44 AM

Nancy,I m gonna try your combo on the water for irons,maybe it will help mine I just ordered one of those new Olisio irons  off of Amazon.I got one of the mid priced ones , Eileen and Maire both say they are nice irons..Can't wait for it to get here..Barbara

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