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Amymercer Posted: Mon, Mar 18 2013 4:52 PM

I am new to quilting and I am tired of fighting with my Walmart iron.  I used a Rowenta over the weekend and really like the weight of it.  I'm willing to spend the money to get a good iron but I want it to last.  What do you think is the best iron?

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Nana replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 4:55 PM

Good luck.   I have bought the expensive irons and they don't seem to last any longer than the cheaper ones at Walmart.  I am presently using a nice GE iron that I bought at Walmart.  Figure I will get just as much use out of it and won't have spent near as much money.   I had a Rowenta and loved it but it only lasted about 6 months.

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Cindy replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 5:00 PM

I have found that a Singer iron is the best I've ever used.  You can purchase it at Amazon and Joann's.  It heats up very quickly and has great steam.  After more than 6 months of heavy use, it still doesn't leak.  It's only about $55.

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Amymercer replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 5:05 PM

Oh, that's not long at all.  Thank you.

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Amymercer replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 5:07 PM

Thanks Cindy, I'll check the Singer out.

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gini replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 6:13 PM

amy, you will get as many responses here as there are irons.   i buy mine at the thrift stores if they are available when i need one.   my last one was a rowenta i got for $5 at a yard sale, but i would not spend the money to get a new one.   the thrift store irons last about as long as the new ones i get, and they are $5 or less.   i think irons don't last as long around quilters, because we use them constantly instead of once in a while.  the last two black and deckers i got were pretty good.     good luck with your next iron. 

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Leslie replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 6:17 PM

I buy mine at the goodwill store the old ones with cloth cords  i give a dollar apiece for them i buy everyone i find they are nice and heavy and get very hot

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Nana replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 6:20 PM

I think if we expect an iron to last we need to go back to the old cast iron ones that you heat on top of the stove...LOL

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Kris replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 6:33 PM

My iron is from Contental Electric; $15. from Amazon.com. I really like it. It's very light which is good for me.

The Vermont Country Store has a good heavy iron with no holes on the bottom for around $30. It's a good one if you don't use steam.

 

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Sukochi replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 6:41 PM

Leslie :

I buy mine at the goodwill store the old ones with cloth cords  i give a dollar apiece for them i buy everyone i find they are nice and heavy and get very hot

Leslie, Jim said they stopped making irons with a cloth covered cords for a reason. Can you say house fire??  I know you have never had that probelm. Never say NEVER!!

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Leslie replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 6:42 PM

Sukochi, i make sure they are in very good condition, and i don't leave them on.

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Amymercer replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 8:24 PM

thanks!

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Julie K replied on Sun, Mar 24 2013 2:09 PM

I was just about to put a post out here about this same subject.  Thank you!  This will make my search much easier.

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I just tossed a Black & Decker I picked up at Walmart for $12.50 - after almost 2 years of use. It finally committed the fatal crime of vomiting water all over a quilt when I had the steam off. It was leaking from holes I didn't know were there! We had a nice long run, though. I've paid a lot more for irons that didn't last nearly as long. Right now I'm using a Shark that was stashed in the closet & I don't like it very much. The balance is all wrong. It was twice as much as the B&D, so still inexpensive, but next time I'm in Walmart I'm getting another B&D.

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Ginny L replied on Sun, Mar 24 2013 2:35 PM

I have a T-fal, I got at Target years ago. It's still going strong, and the thing I like is doesn't have an automatic shut off, so I can leave it on for hours, but that might not be a good thing if you are forgetful.

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