Vintage Sewing

What kind of iron do you use?

June 26, 2014

I’m in the market for a new iron, and since I’ve never actually owned a “new” iron (yes, I’ve been using other people’s castoffs, for shame), I’m not 100% sure what I want to get. I don’t mind spending a little bit more, because I want to get something that’s going to work really well and last a long time. What are your favorites?

  1. I use a Shark, it doesn’t have any fancy features just the basic steam,spray, be hot…but I do appreciate that it has an automatic shut off so if I forget to unplug it or it happens to fall over it won’t burn my house down…which ya know, is nice.

  2. Any type of Professional German-made Rowenta! I have had several (all of which died untimely deaths when they hit my hardwood floors and shattered… totally my fault). All have been fabulous!

  3. I’ve had my panasonic for 8 years now and it has great steam with a removable water chamber. The best part is that it’s CORDLESS! It docks much like a cordless phone so every time you put it down (at a low angle so it’s very natural) it recharges. It also shuts off automatically and has a retractable cord that lives in the base and a cover with handle that clips on so very portable and storable. Now when I use irons with cords it seems so cumbersome… I’ve also worked with professional industrial irons and this one has held up to many years of use. I thought it had finally died recently but I cleaned the contacts and it’s still going!
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    1. Your image won’t appear online because it is pointed to a location on your computer, not the internet. Only someone on your computer can view that location. 😉

      As far as the iron question goes from the OP, I have a Black and Decker F67E. I bought it because it wasn’t too expensive and I didn’t really know what I wanted, but its been fantastic!

  4. If you get a Rowenta, make sure you’re getting a German made one and not one made in China. I made the mistake of getting a China made one the first time and it started leaking after only 2 years.

    1. Maybe that was my problem. I paid big bucks for a Rowena, and it was a piece of leaky junk; I couldn’t figure out why people raved about them. The $28.00 Hamilton Beach steam iron I bought to replace it is so much better.

  5. Rowenta with a tank for the water. Pro model. I’ve had it in for repair once, for a broken steam button. Other than that, 10+ years of faultless service.

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