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Steph replied on Wed, Oct 5 2011 9:43 AM

Wow!  I can't tell you how helpful all your posts are.  Your generousity in taking the time is amazing.  With that in mind, I thought I'd give you an update.  On the iron:  yesterday I bought a Rowenta Pro Master at Sears on sale for about $80.  It was a lot to spend, but the discount was large and, based on your comments and research, this seemed to be the one to go with.  There was a slightly cheaper version one step down with LED heat selection, but I took a pass.  Reason:  It was the electronics on my Shark that blew, among other problems.  The Pro Master has a mechanical turn knob, which I can get comfortable with, and also allows you to set temperatures BETWEEN the major settings, which was helpful last night as I was bonding Heat 'n Lite to wool.  It gets hot FAST, and has an 8 minute delay for auto shut-off with a fast restart, which I like.  And the steam is really good.  Mostly, I love the glide of the thing, even on wool.  So, less than 24 hours later, I'm happy with the iron!  We'll see how it goes.  

Now. . .on to the lightweight machine!!

And since there's already a Stephanie posting, I'll sign mine "Steph".  (scmatz is so stuffy!)

Thanks again!

Steph

 

 

 

 

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Wow really interesting information.  I have always used distilled water in my irons.  I have a cordless black and decker that I really like, have had it for over 25 years and wanted to buy another because who knows when this will go out.  They don't make them any more.   I was willed a Rowenta, (long story, won't go into right now) I don' t think it is more than a couple of years old.  I have been using distilled water.  Didn't have an instruction book so did not know you were not suppose to do that.  Something I have noticed is that I was buying several gallons when on sale.  Well the plastic jugs start leaking at the seams.  Don't know why, they are not exposed to heat or cold.   Guess I had better start mixing the stuff with spring or tap water. 

As for the machine,  I have a small brother that I cart around when needed.  I think it weighs about 12 lbs.  I really like brother machines.  No oiling to worry about, but you have to keep it clean.  It does not like lint.

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Granny M, When I bought my Rowena it said to ONLY use tap water!!!  That is one of the reason I bought it.  Have never had a problem and had it for about 10 years

 Elizabeth

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Barbara replied on Sun, Oct 9 2011 8:51 PM

Barbara:
I just ordered one of those new Olisio irons 
I got my new iron last week and have been using it for several days now , OMG I love it.I really like that I can just set it down and it rises up ,I finally found one that gets hot enough for me.  I use tap water in it ,the was what the manufacture suggested..Barbara

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Barbara, I had never heard of that iron before, but looked it up and wow when I get a new iron I think that is the one that I will try.  It looks amazing.  DH has a rowenta which I like okay but some aspect of what I want in an iron for quilting is missing.   The Olisio looks like it would be perfect for quilting.  I too like a good hot iron for pressing.

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Thea replied on Mon, Oct 10 2011 1:54 PM

I have an Olliso  and have to tell you - I wouldn't recommend it  - it does get hot - but when I am pressing down a seam and leave it in just one place for a split second too long sometimes it will go up and down automatically and screws up the fabric... so didn't like it - that was the reason I bought the Shark - it heats up fast - is blistering hot - so Beth ferrier would like it and I didn't spend an arm and a leg on it... I have used Rowenta - started leaking - My Reliable - loved it but it just quit one day - and have told the story of the Olissio(sp)... so only buying inexpensive irons from here on out... I would rather spend the extra money on fabric...teehee

 

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Barbara replied on Mon, Oct 10 2011 2:16 PM

Althea :
I have an Olliso  and have to tell you - I wouldn't recommend it  

Thea, I'm sorry to hear yours didn't work well, I have not had any problems so far with mine and I really like it , I let you know if I have any problems .Barbara

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Thea, I have had 3 different Rowenta's and all three wound up leaking like a seive. One would think I would have learned quicker. I now have a Morphy Richards (whatever that is!!) that I bought at Tuesday Morning for not too much. From now on I am buying cheap irons, too. I'm with you, rather spend money on fabric!!

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Barbara replied on Mon, Oct 10 2011 11:59 PM

Elaine Phillips:
From now on I am buying cheap irons, too

 Elaine and Thea,I did not spend that much on my new iron,I pruchased the mid -priced one and it was under 100.00,I got it from Amazon. I've been buying the cheaper iron and have had lots of trouble with them leaking..BArbara

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