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Simply the best steaming iron for sewing!
on December 15, 2013
I am so impressed with this simple inexpensive iron! A little history here...I am a quilter and I use my steam iron daily for hours! :)
1. I have been the owner of two Mini Rowenta's irons that both spit and wet my ironing board, in puddles, when I wasn't looking.
I followed the directions but they continued to spit with out mercy! They were never dropped, one still works as a dry iron so not too bad a value if you don't use steam...but I do! :/
2. I have owned an Oliso iron with the cool feet that raise the iron up and down and it only lasted only 1 1/2 years at a cost of $85. I also followed all the directions on this iron and it too was never dropped. The feet never failed me on the Oliso but the steam was not very good and it too spit really bad. Although, I loved the up and down feet in the horizontal mode at the cost of $85. and only lasting 18 months is about $5.00 a month expense for an iron. Not my idea of a good value.
3. I need a super hot iron with a super good horizontal steam to get the cotton wrinkles out. So, when the Oliso died unexpectedly I had to pull out my old back up iron that cuts off when I don't use it for 8 min. Really! How annoying for the quilter like me to have to jump up and jiggle the iron every few minutes, plus wait on it to heat up again if I forget. Not to mention that my old stand by will even cut off if I iron for more than 30 seconds with out lifting the iron. Ugh!!!
4. So I Googled the worlds best cheap iron and found this sweet little Panasonic iron! I love it! It gets super hot and has powerful steam in the horizontal position only. But that is so perfect as I iron for more than 30 seconds a lot when I iron out a backing of 9 or 10 yards of fabric. It has the old fashioned turning wheel knob to turn it on and set the temperature. A little light comes on at the base of the handle and in less than 2 minutes it reaches the set temperature and the light goes out. As the iron has to heat up the light comes on again but I don't even notice that I am so happy with the temp and steam! The water tank is see through on this Panasonic...my old stand by you have to guess where the water line is. It doesn't have the auto shut off safety feature...this is great! I have a theory that the auto safety feature is what kills the steam feature and kills the iron eventually for an avid quilter like me under constant use.
5. So to sum it all up, this Panasonic iron gets really hot and stays hot! This iron is easy to fill with tap water and the water lasts all afternoon for me. There is no auto shut off safety feature...perfect! The price is only $19.99 averaged over 18 months of heavy use at a cost of $1.11 a month... I ordered a second one to put up for the future today! :)
6. FYI this Panasonic does not have the auto wind up cord that some of the other Panasonic models do...but I never put my iron up so again PERFECT!
7. Also, always unplug irons and sewing machines when you leave your sewing room, as Featherweight and old Singer machines keep constant electric current flowing to them even when the light is turned off.
UPDATE...May 16, 2014 and this cheap little steaming beast is still working great!!!
UPDATE...March 08, 2015 and this iron is still steaming strong!!!