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
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.
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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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.
I have a Rowenta too and love that is has strong steam and a nice point for making my seams and points just right!
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!
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.
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?)
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
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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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.
MNnancy:Interesting that the manual says NOT to use distilled water.
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.
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.
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.
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