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Initial post: Apr 24, 2010 1:07:17 PM PDT
E. Miller says:
I am looking for input on a good steam iron for pressing my quilting fabric. I am very new to quilting and liked one we used in class that was a rowenta. I read reviews on some rowentas and some people say they are not worth the money and that a black and decker 2030 is the best. I would like to spend around 60.00 for one. Please let me know what you have used and how reliable it has been for you.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010 7:05:31 PM PDT
H. Lint says:
I'm a Rowenta Professional gal...I had my last one for at least a decade and it just went out. I was given the latest model as a gift. If you go this route, be sure to purchase the ones made in Germany only. The Mexican ones the sell at lower end stores (and sometimes high end right next to the German ones!) leak terribly and do not last. I'm sure that it cost more than $60 but well worth it as I will not have to go looking for one for a long time. I press all my quilting fabrics and press as I piece in addition to ironing for a family of 5. In my spare time, I also do alterations so I'm a fairly heavy user. Any quilt professional will tell you that they also use Rowentas. Once you do, you won't settle for anything else. Best of luck and very happy quilting!!

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 8:05:19 AM PDT
E. Miller says:
thanks for your reply. I wanted to order online but I don't think I can be sure of where it comes from then and I have read a lot of issues with them not being as good of quality if they are not made in germany. thanks Erica

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 3:26:23 PM PDT
CNQuilter says:
I have to agree with H. Lint. I have used Rowenta for years and years and they are the best. And depending on which one you get, it is worth the investment.

As a new quilter, you will read/hear a lot of debate as to the advantages and disadvantages of pressing with steam. Some folks love it because nothing sets a seam or piece better than steam while others will tell you that you that using steam will horribly distort your blocks and pieces. Both are right. I love using the Rowenta Steam Generator iron for several reasons. First, because it doesn't give continuous steam automatically, you can press your pieces and seams "dry" and then set them with a shot of steam. In the five years that I've used this model of iron, I've never had a problem with leaking, and admittedly, that can be a problem with some Rowenta steam irons. The Steam Generator model also lets you have all the steam you need for prepping your fabric - pressing the fabric before cutting. Being able to hold the trigger and have continuous steam is the best way to get rid of folds, creases and wrinkles.

The other features I like are:
-- Having the water in the reservoir means that the iron itself never gets too heavy.
-- There is no automatic shut-off, so the iron stays hot while I go back and forth from the sewing machine to the cutting table to the ironing board. I can shut it off easily if I know I'm going to be more than a minute or two, and it heats up quickly when I do shut it off.
-- If I fill the reservoir before I turn the iron on, I can usually sew/quilt all day before I have to re-fill the reservoir.

This is the model I currently have - Rowenta DG5030 Pressure Iron and Steamer

I won't tell you not to get a lesser priced iron, and I won't tell you that a $30.00 iron won't do the job you need it to do. Everybody has a favorite iron and sometimes the "cheap" iron does the best job. It all depends on your habits and how you like to work. Ask as many quilters as you know about what they use, and test-drive as many irons as you can before you make a huge investment. And no matter what you get, just remember that for most quilters, irons don't last that long. We tend to be very hard on them. I've had my current Rowenta for almost two years and that's a lifetime for a quilter's iron! Before this iron, I had another Rowenta Steam Generator iron and it lasted almost three years. It still works perfectly, I only stopped using it when the protective webbing covering the cords going from the reservoir base to the iron itself started pulling back from the iron. Since the cords/tubes are for the electricity that heats the iron and the water/steam for the iron, I thought it best not to continue using the iron as I often have the iron on for hours at a time.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2010 9:29:20 AM PDT
Lee Bishop says:
You don't need to spend a lot of money to get a great iron. I often buy hardly used irons from rummage sales and thrift shops. One of my favorites is a Black and Decker with a long cord that has an auto shutoff. I rarely spend more than $2-$3. I have owned a few store bought Rowentas in the past but was really fed up when they quit working after 2-3 years. That's disgraceful.

Posted on May 14, 2010 10:28:05 PM PDT
K. A. Fast says:
For me, it isn't so much the iron. I've used several different kinds, B&D, Sunbeam and so on. What has made a difference for me is using Mary Ellen's Best Press. It's a very light starch. It doesn't feel like starch at all, but you get wonderful creasing where you want them and can get the creases out of where you don't want them. Tried it out at several quilting classes and retreats. THAT is worth the investment.

Posted on May 15, 2010 9:07:14 AM PDT
E. Miller says:
Thanks for the input! I just bought an Oliso smart touch iron model 1050. So far, I like it! I like the large water tank of 12 ounces and I got a great price on Ebay for less than half of retail! Thanks everyone for their comments!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2010 3:38:00 PM PDT
Ms. Lil says:
I find the Rowento Professional Iron one the best one irons available. It is certainly worth the money. I press my quilt blocks with a dry iron as I am constructing the blocks as steam can cause the fabric to stretch. I then press the finished block with steam once I am satisfied with the result being very careful not to stretch the block.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2010 4:24:41 PM PDT
I've been a Rowenta person for years and have noted that my almost new model seems to take forever to heat to the cotton setting. Tucson has notoriously hard water so I use a half city, half distilled water blend for the steam function. This model, the Professional, seems to need refilling more frequently than other models I have used. I'm learning that I may just be using the steam function too frequently constructing four and nine patch blocks. I thought steam pressing was essential for precision. Henceforth I will steam press when I'm finished and satisfied with a block. I've learned alot from you folks.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 6:46:23 AM PDT
Haggys says:
I'm the odd one out...I prefer a vintage steam at all, heavy, smaller body...perfect for pressing as I go. It is not the iron I use to iron yards of fabric, nor my family's clothing, but for paper piecing or pressing seams on blocks as I go, I use one of these on a small table top ironing board located perpendicular to my sewing table. Works perfectly for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2010 3:27:36 PM PDT
PLong says:
I have used both and can guarantee you don't want the black and decker. I accidentally purchased a Shark iron and it has been the best investment I have made--lasts longer, more heat and steam, etc.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 4:01:46 AM PDT
'm still impatient with the lengthy time it takes for my Rowenta to warm up to Cotton setting. Since it is a nearly new machine I'll just tolerate it and find something more suitable when the time comes to replace it. As y'all know, pressing has got to be alittle amusing when one is working patchwork, piecework, or comfort quilts.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 2:05:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 16, 2010 2:19:14 PM PDT
Moonquake says:
I prefer to use a dry iron for quilting. Steam distorts blocks, even with careful pressing. I like this iron for quilting. It has no holes on the plate so it doesn't create marks on fabrics or bubbles if I use fusibles for crafting.

It's only thirty dollars so it's not a huge investment if you don't like it.

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 6:31:52 PM PDT
I love my Oliso also and I do use steam to press the fabric before cutting it instead of washing it. I spray it with water also and it shinks it just like washing it. I also use the Mary Ellen's Best Press spray for taking out creased seams and love the stuff. I have had Rowentas but this Oliso outdoes them all. When you take your hands off the iron, it automatically pops up off the ironing board so you can leave it face down without any worry. It also has an automatic shut off but doesn't take long to heat up.

Posted on Nov 13, 2010 7:26:01 AM PST
PamC says:
I recently saw an ad for the Reliable V50 steam iron..does anyone out there own/have comments regarding this iron?

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Posted on Nov 30, 2010 9:06:46 AM PST
jm arnold says:
I have a Rowenta for years, dropped my first one on a cement floor, broke a piece off, bought another and would never buy anything but a Rowenta. I found my 2nd one at a Thrift store.

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 9:24:54 PM PST
Shoeqween says:
I am completely in agreement with the thrift store irons. As a recently retired Home Ec. teacher I have used all brands both personally and in school. I take them home (pluging them in at the store will tell you if they heat but they need water to steam) put water in them and turn them on. The ones that do not steam are returned for store credit. I fined very few that do not work. I am a strong believer of pressing as you sew and I have gotten many years of use out of very inexpensive used irons. Many are like new when they are purchased leading me to think people do not iron any more. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2011 8:54:56 AM PST
Marcia Ann says:
E. Miller, if you get addicted to quilting, you might want to purchase an ironing board called The Big Board. It might go by other names as well, but it is BIG. My favorite feature & the reason I bought mine (at Costco, I think) is that it is rectangular. My pet peeve is ironing fabric or a finished quilt (even worse) on a regular board that is pointed, and having to turn it around to iron the parts that didn't get ironed because of that point. I've tried turning the ironing board around to use the rectangular end, but it's still not long enough. The Big Board is a godsend! If I'm sewing clothes, I set them both up. Then I can iron the fabric on the Big Board and put all my hams, sleeve boards, etc. on it while I use the point on the other one when I need to. I also iron as I sew/piece, and I like having to get up to go to the board instead of using an ironing mat on my sewing desk, since it makes me move--sitting for hours can be detrimental to one's health!

Have enjoyed learning more from all the posts here--I want to buy a dry, no-holes iron with NO auto shut off now.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2011 7:49:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 27, 2011 7:52:09 AM PDT
I bought a 2X4 piece of 3/4" plywood at Home Depot & covered it with Insulbrite(sp)
first & then covered it with a second layer of 100% COTTON duck. I drew an outline of my ironing board on the wrong side right on the plywood & used liquid nail to glue stops along the outside edge of the outline. It only requires about 2 on each side of the pointed end. Cost about $22 - beats $139. one I have seen in catalogs.

Posted on May 4, 2012 8:52:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 4, 2012 8:53:58 AM PDT
Zoe says:
I purchased a Rowenta DZ5075 iron 2 1/2 years ago. It was made in Germany and has started to leak a lot this week. I called Rowenta and they told me the warranty is 1 year. I bought this iron for quality and it has let me down. May I say again it was made in Germany so apparently country of origin does not indicate quality.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2012 5:26:45 AM PDT
R. D. Rumpf says:
I just have to chime in -- I have a "regular" Rowenta iron that maybe cost $70-80 when I bought it about 5 years ago, and it is spitting and leaking water horribly. That's why I'm looking for a new one. My mother says it's because I didn't put distilled water in the iron (even though the instruction manual said regular tap water was fine). I clicked over to the more expensive Rowenta model that you mentioned and I was ABOUT to click "Buy" when I scrolled down to the reviews and saw that a significant number of users complain that this Rowenta also spits and leaks, "like Old Faithful," in one reviewer's words! Do you have this problem with your iron? I wonder if this has anything to do with the hardness/softness of our local tap water. :-(

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2012 2:16:47 PM PDT
Ms. Lil says:
I use my Rowenta iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. I do not use distilled water. I will admit that my water is soft. I empty the iron of water when finished ironing. I do not add water to the iron unless I actually need steam.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2013 7:05:30 PM PDT
CarlaT says:
I have a Shark and it does not heat hot enough, even on Cotton setting to get the wrinkles out of cotton fabric!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2013 7:07:54 PM PDT
CarlaT says:
new link

i just ordered a dry iron online from Home Depot..quilters recommend dry irons..
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