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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Last week in the middle of trying to finish a quilt, my iron quit. I did finish the quilt today and took it to the long arm quilter. I worked with a very poor, old borrowed iron so now I am once again in the market for a new one. I need some input. Have had several over the last few years, but not sure which is the best buy. Any help would be appreciated.
I will post a picture of the finished quilt when it gets back from the quilter. It is our raffle quilt for the Legion Auxillery. The pattern was Colorado Stars.
Thanks, Marcik


  • At January 29, 2009 at 6:01 AM , Blogger Marge said...

    I would buy the cheapest iron going. My daughter bought me a Black & Decker from Walmart and it works beautiful. It steams well and is very nice. I have Two Rowenta's and they were on the expensive side. Would never buy them again. But you probably are going to get a lot of pros and cons about irons so this is only one open. Marge

  • At January 29, 2009 at 6:48 AM , Blogger Laura in Alabama said...

    I bought the only iron at walmart that did not have an automatic cutoff switch. It was cheap, so I imagine it won't last for long...

  • At January 29, 2009 at 8:02 AM , Blogger Judy in Ohio said...

    Actually my inexpensive Black & Decker "Classic" has lasted a long time. Look at it this way, the less fancy an iron is the less there is to go wrong with it.

    So don't think of it as "cheap" ... think of it as "missing the bells and whistles". :-)

  • At January 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM , Blogger lonna in wi said...

    Oddly enough this question should come up. I get the magazine "Quilter's Home" which is quilting related articles. The article I just finished was about irons. They tested about five irons and the one that was the best was Black and Decker Quick and Easy. LONNA IN WI

  • At January 29, 2009 at 8:10 PM , Blogger Jill from Portland said...

    I too had my iron die a few weeks back. It's was my second Rowenta.
    I like them but think they should last longer.
    I have been borrowing the Eliso from my friend & I like the leave down feature but didn't really like the shape (too round on the point) And I didn't think I had the heat or steam of the Rowenta.
    Then.... the decision was made for me. I went to Target & they had some irons in their 50 % off section, no boxes & sort of beat up. They had the super professional Rowenta for $48, so I couldn't pass it up.
    It has an extra steam area & I compared it to the Eliso & there's a great deal more steam & it's hotter.
    I'm wondering about keeping it on the power strip (or plugged in) & wondering if that is harder on it. I notice the power lite stays on, but I think maybe I'll see if cutting the power when I'm not using it will lenghen it's life?

  • At January 30, 2009 at 11:18 AM , Blogger Cbar said...

    After years of buying expensive most taunted brand irons for quilting, I now buy the cheapest iron I can find, use it up and buy another. WalMart has one for $8. I bought four of them.

  • At January 30, 2009 at 11:42 PM , Blogger NancyH said...

    I remember reading on the old BB that when you leave your iron on for hours at a time, which is what quilters seem to do, it can damage the thermostat. I noticed that the iron just wouldn't get hot enough. I think that's what's happened to at least 3 of my irons - one being a Rowenta. So I do as everyone else is doing and buy the cheapy Black & Decker without auto-shutoff (that drives me nuts!) and figure I'll replace it every few years.


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