Tool Review Tuesday: Giveaway!
1.24.2017


This Tool Review Tuesday is dedicated to one of the hottest quilting tools of all — the iron. Irons are a vital tool during the entire quilting and sewing process for a multitude of reasons. They allow you to:

  • Press your fabric and remove any wrinkles or puckers
  • Ensure your fabric measurements (and cuts!) are accurate
  • Press, set, and nest your seams so they lay the way you want them to
  • Line up your fabric pieces easier for when you start sewing
  • Ensure your quilt turns out the way you envisioned it

Here at Connecting Threads, inquiring minds want to know

 

What is your favorite iron for quilting and sewing–and why?

 

Share your answer in the comments below (be sure to include brand name) for the chance to win one of our three amazing prizes! Our first place winner will receive the gorgeous Ginger Blossom Quilt Kit.

 

We are also giving away a Fat Quarter Sampler of one of our discontinued, limited edition fabric collections to a second place and third place winner as well!

Here’s how to enter to win:

  1. Share what your favorite iron is for quilting and sewing in the comments below -AND-
  2. Tell us WHY it is your favorite

 

Want to explore all the quilting and sewing tools Connecting Threads has to offer? Head over to our site!

 

UPDATE: And the winners are…

We have our winners! Congrats to: Alexis D (first place), Becky S ( second place), and Lynda M (third place). A big thank-you to all of you who participated in our giveaway and for sharing your favorite irons!

 

 


199 comments

  1. Sandy Allen - January 24, 2017

    I have an inexpensive Sunbeam iron I got a few years ago. I love it because it gets really hot quickly and has an automatic shut off. It gets knocked around a lot and still works like a charm! I have dropped it a couple of times and it still is working.

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  2. Carolyn Wood - January 24, 2017

    My favorite iron is the Oliso TG1600 Pro iron. The iTouch feature eliminates the need to lift the iron – so much easier on your wrist and hand! Best uri I have ever owned!

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  3. Marge Anderson - January 24, 2017

    I can’t say I have a particular brand of iron that I prefer and I have used both lightweight and heavier irons and there are good points for each. The one thing I do prefer is steam. I find it much easier to get rid of tough wrinkles and give all my blocks and quilt tops a more finished look.

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  4. Heather Dumont - January 24, 2017

    The best iron that I have ever owned was an Oreck, it had a smooth guide, it had some weight to help with the pressing, it had a corded or cordless option and it lasted. I think I had it for 15 years.. honestly it still sits in my craft room because I have not been able to part with it yet.

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  5. Susan Crist - January 24, 2017

    Rowen take irons, lots of steam!

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  6. Anna Hutchins - January 24, 2017

    Love my sons cordless Rowenta. Been looking for one for myself.

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  7. lydia - January 24, 2017

    I love my very old Black and decker. it heats up super quick, is heavy-ish and doesn’t need force to press AND it glides over fabric and cleans up super quick(if one should get glue on it). it has the old style metal sole plate. it has enough point at the top to get tight corners. it has an ‘off’ button–so you don’t have to unplug it all the time.

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  8. Shellie - January 24, 2017

    I have a Shark. I like it because it heats up quickly, the steam feature doesn’t leave big wet spots, it has a spray or spritz feature, it cleans up easily, and if it is turned off by the auto shut off ya just give it a little shake and it heats right back up really quickly. I have dropped it a few times and it still works just fine.

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  9. Sharon Ernst - January 24, 2017

    My favorite iron is the Oliso Pro 1600. I Love that it’s a heavy iron – so I get a good press. And no lifting to start & stop the pressing. That one touch is great!.

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  10. Ann Hudson - January 24, 2017

    I have used Rowenta brand irons since the mid 1990s. My current model is called the ‘Professional series’. It has a good weight, produces a lot of steam when needed, and has auto shut-off a feature that is a must for me!

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  11. Tanya Romero - January 24, 2017

    I love 2 different irons. My Clover mini for pressing seams while I’m piecing, and my trusty Black and Decker for larger pieces.

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  12. Alexis Davis - January 24, 2017

    I absolutely LOVE my Rowenta Anticalc Eversteam. It’s a beast! Super fine precision tip, enough steam to open a sauna, heavy duty pressing without being cumbersome and the best part is that you’re actually SUPPOSED to use tap water in it. The anticalc function to clean it is pretty fun too. 😉

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  13. Tac - January 24, 2017

    I have a Rowenta iron that I love. It is heavy enough and large enough to handle most of my applique and piecing well.

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  14. Sam - January 24, 2017

    I love my Rowenta. It gets hot, hot, hot and lots of steam. Love the anticalc feature and easy cleaning.

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  15. Sharon - January 24, 2017

    I like the Reliable Velocity 200IR. I like that it gets hot and staye not for 8 minutes. I can tmake it not turn off after 8 minutes. I like the ability to turn the steam off and on at will. It steams well and does not leak.

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  16. Betty Domal - January 24, 2017

    Rowenta. I used the Sew and Press for years until it quit working. I bought a new Rowenta a littlet over two years ago. I’m not sure which one it is. The manual says Rowenta DW2000. It’s lightweight, has nice steam, recommened to use spring water, not distilled water. It’s very easy to use and does a good job of ironing and pressing.

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  17. Marge - January 24, 2017

    I just bought a cheap $20 Sunbeam iron yesterday. Love it! Heats fast, light weight, lots of steam. Perfect.

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  18. Emily Boward - January 24, 2017

    I have a Rowenta for ironing large pieces but I keep a small SteamFast iron for piecing next to my machine. It heats up quick and is great when doing paper piecing.

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  19. Russanne Perry - January 24, 2017

    I have a T-Fal iron I got several years ago. It’s a nice weight, has auto-shutoff and turns back on very quickly when reactivated. I never use steam in the iron as I live in the country and have a well so I don’t want to chance rust on my quilts. I use Best Press for all my quilting needs and have never had any problems with scorching using this iron.

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  20. Cindi Hatch - January 24, 2017

    I have a Rowenta iron. I’ve had it a LONG time, but it works great. I like that it uses tap water, and I don’t have to buy distilled water for it.

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  21. Lexie Beebe - January 24, 2017

    I use a Bernina iron with separate tank in my sewing room. They no longer make these and I will be sad when it dies. It gets nice and hot and produces plenty of steam when needed. I also love my little travel Rowena. Handle collapses down to pack up and it uses steam.

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  22. Betsy - January 24, 2017

    So far rowwnta wins the price. It is a strong iron, heats up evenly and stands the test of time

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    • Betsy - January 24, 2017

      Just correcting my email

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  23. Debbie Lacey - January 24, 2017

    I have a T-Fal. It is light and has great steam, which gives me an excellent press, and a nice tip for small seams and corners. It also has a much needed auto shut off; I tend to get wrapped up in the sewing and forget to turn it off!

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  24. Dee - January 24, 2017

    I would have to say that my favorite iron is the Oliso TG1600 Pro iron. While I do not own one (I can’t afford it)I like that it is heavy, but you don’t need to worry about that because it has an automatic lift when you are done pressing. I have a shark. It works well, but it’s not my favorite. If you leave it for a few minutes, the temp goes way down. Some day I will own the iron of my choice.

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  25. Jena Pope - January 24, 2017

    Osilo smart iron. It has feet so I don’t have rest the iron the normal way which helps my Arthritis in my wrists.

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  26. Gail - January 24, 2017

    I love irons and can’t resist buying them. My latest purchase is a TFal Pro, and it may be the best one yet. It is 1800 watts and has a removable calcium collector. I have used it daily for about a month using filtered refrigerator water, and it has not even acted like it wants to leak. P.S. I have an Oliso and a Rowenta in my storage cabinet.

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  27. Marcia bergstrom - January 24, 2017

    My sunbeam gives me a comfortable weight and a powerful steam when I need it

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  28. Kristine Clay - January 24, 2017

    I’ve tried expensive irons and haven’t noticed much improvement on my $30 sunbeam steam iron. I like it because It gets hot really quickly, steams well, and has a retractable cord.

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  29. Maxine - January 24, 2017

    The Oliso smart iron is my favourite. The automatic lift feature helps ward off wrist fatigue.

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  30. eileensideways - January 24, 2017

    been using a cheap black n decker for about 20 years. it spits rusty water when it feels like it. the handle gets mighty hot, might have to use a potholder soon. tried a T-Fal at a quiltin retreat and thought I died and went to heaven. if i win the lottery, i might splurge and get myself one.

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  31. Andrea S. - January 24, 2017

    I love my t-fal. So much so that when I dropped and broke the old one (sob!) I went out and got a new one. It gets very hot. My second iron is very nice but it doesn’t get as hot. I also like that it has a very long cord.

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  32. Jeanne - January 24, 2017

    I love the Deb Tucker rulers. I use the Tucker trimmer every day to square up blocks. It has been instrumental in improving the quality of my work.

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  33. Darla Zimmer - January 24, 2017

    I use an sunbeam iron. Picked it up at Lowe’s on clearance for $9.99. It heats quickly, beeps when it reaches temperature and turns itself if left idle, but reheats when picked up again.

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  34. Nancy Sikkenga - January 24, 2017

    I have a shark 1800 pro. Worked well but now starting to spit. I used the Panasonic cordless with duel point and loved it.

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  35. Krystal Rowe - January 24, 2017

    My favorite iron is a simple Sunbeam that my mom gave me. It’s light enough that my arm doesn’t get fatigued quickly and heavy enough that I can get some serious pressing done. And best of all, it was a hand me down from my mom.

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  36. Kim Turner - January 24, 2017

    I have an inexpensive Black n Decker. It has several settings for a variety of fabrics. It heats up very quickly and I love the steam option. It’s never let me down, doesn’t drip or leave watermarks all over my fabric.

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  37. Kate - January 24, 2017

    I liked my parents’ old Black and Decker!

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  38. Nancy - January 24, 2017

    An old Black and Decker iron. It’s light-weight and gets hot fast! It’s my favorite not only for those reason, but it also belonged to my mother and is now 20+ years old.

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  39. Janet Meeks - January 24, 2017

    I have a Rowenta that I really liked until it started spitting. I’m on the look out for an affordable good iron to replace it.

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  40. Christine Sherman - January 24, 2017

    I have a Shark that I love. If I run vinegar water through it occasionally it keeps performing like new!

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  41. Erin S - January 24, 2017

    Have a new Sunbeam, nice and hot, has an auto shut off but a nice long one and reheats very quickly. My old iron would keep shutting off while I ironed my binding strips! Also super light, has a lot of steam settings too if you prefer steam. And a retractable cord!

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  42. Mona - January 24, 2017

    I have a proctor silex that I bought years ago. Just started sewing recently though. It’s done a good job, especially for a beginner.

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  43. Jun Park - January 24, 2017

    I have t-fal steam iron and given to me. It works really good without steam. Seems to much water comes out when i use steam fuction. So far so good

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  44. Kate - January 24, 2017

    I have a purple Oliso and a Panasonic cordless. They both have good points, but the Oliso feet catch seams and drag them the wrong way and the Panasonic cools down too quickly and heats too slowly.

    My dream iron would have at least 1800 watts, polished stainless soleplate, steam and spray buttons, and NO auto-off.

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  45. Jillian - January 24, 2017

    My favorite iron is a Sunbeam that my mom happened to have sitting in her laundry room. I recently started quilting and was ready to start a project when I realized I didn’t have an iron. Luckily my mom had that Sunbeam that I quickly adopted. It has been working great for me so far! You could say it is my favorite iron because of convenience 🙂

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  46. Christine - January 24, 2017

    I have a Panasonic cordless iron which I like very much. It has a point at both ends.

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  47. Pam Treiber - January 24, 2017

    My favorite is the Oliso 1600, its nice because I don’t have to lift it but also because I am a clutz and when I have a standup iron I usually burn my arm and knock it off.

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  48. Amy Caldwell - January 24, 2017

    I love my new Oliso smart iron for several reasons. First because hubby surprised me with it and it’s “poiple”…lol…The long cord keeps me from tripping over it, plus I can plug it in almost anywhere and it will reach where I need it. Love the one pass pressing that helps me get done quicker. The i-touch technology is so great esp since the iron doesn’t have to stand on it’s end where it can get knocked over easily with my ironing board being on the back of my studio door. And the auto-sleep mode is a life saver for sure. I always dreaded ironing with my spitting 15+ yr old B&D Quick & Easy, but now I’m a happy quilter. Thank You #ConnectingThreads for all your tips, tricks and inspiration.

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  49. C Hutch - January 24, 2017

    Sunbeam and Black & Decker used to have good irons, but times change and quality varies. I no longer want a Rowenta as I have had 3 that turned off and never came on again. Same problem with Sunbeam and Hamilton Beach–go off and never come on again. Decided to try plain old basic iron (Teflon soleplate) and cheap. Have been satisfied with good steam, accurate temperature and no loss if it quits. I am now using a less than $10 Black and Decker that works as it should. thanks

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  50. becky - January 24, 2017

    Using a Black & Decker right now. I usually buy inexpensive ones. I can’t see spending a lot of money on something that won’t last any longer than what I’m currently using.

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  51. Sandra Robertson - January 24, 2017

    I love my old Sunbeam. It heats up fast, has an automatic shut off and glides easily.

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  52. Fran Smeby - January 24, 2017

    I got a new Oliso iron for Christmas this year. Have been seeing them on different tv shows. I waited 2 years to get it from my hubby. I love it because I am used to leaving my iron sole down for my projects and this iron is great for me with this bad habit. It heats up quick and stays hot for me between making quilt squares. I love it fro pressing clothes also. I love it. It pays to wait for something.

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  53. Anja Clyke - January 24, 2017

    My favourite iron was a Maytag cordless, but it died, and they are not available any longer. It was a great weight and no cord to restrict you.

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  54. Lynn Eddy - January 24, 2017

    Rowenta Runway is my go to iron. It keeps even heat, slides smoothly over the fabric and doesn’t spit out unwanted water. Works just fine for my projects.

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  55. Jeanette - January 24, 2017

    I love, love, love my 30 year old Rowenta…. it has held up well until just recently…. I’m thinking it’s time to replace it but I’m not sure which iron I will go with…

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  56. Michelle Connors - January 24, 2017

    I have a low-end Rowenta a friend gifted me for Christmas a few years ago. It has auto-shut-off, heats quickly and has the retractable cord. Works for me!!!

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  57. Karen - January 24, 2017

    I have a Black and Decker nothing special bought from Wal-Mart have had it for the past 4 years or so – I never spend much on an iron and it works fine

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  58. Judy Lynn Murphy - January 24, 2017

    I like my Shark.

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  59. Tracey callison - January 24, 2017

    I have a cheapy sunbeam that’s served me well for years. My mil has one of those auto-lift ones, though, and I rather covet it.

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  60. DiAnn Schaefer - January 24, 2017

    I have had a Rowenta for many years. It has served me well!! It heats well, doesn’t “spit” water, and has an auto shut off. I’d buy another in a heart beat!!!

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  61. Ginger - January 24, 2017

    I have the Oliso yellow iron and I love it.

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  62. Melinda Schmidbauer - January 24, 2017

    Lately, I am loving my Steamfast Home and Away travel iron. It is small, so I can take it to whatever room I am sewing in, or use it right by my sewing machine on a small press board. It gets really hot, and stays hot until I turn it off (no auto-shutoff can be a curse as well, though) and has steam if I want it. I probably would not use it for clothing, but for quilting I absolutely love it.

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  63. EllenB - January 24, 2017

    I don’t use steam, so I like my Rowenta that gets hot, reheats quickly, and has a smooth soleplate. I do like the Olisos that I have tried at retreats and classes.

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  64. Carol Smith - January 24, 2017

    My husband happened to see my old “craft” iron one day, the Teflon peeling and it was all dirty from glues paints, etc. He brought me home a new Shark iron and told me as much sewing as I do that I deserve to have a better iron! I was so impressed that he was so thoughtful and chose such a nice item I didn’t have the heart to let him know my newer iron for quilting was in the closet. I absolutely love the Shark iron, it glides so smoothly, shuts off automatically and quickly heats back up when needed and it really shoots a nice burst of steam or spray.

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  65. Pam - January 24, 2017

    I have an oliso that I like because the little feet allow me to leave it flat on the ironing board. That way my cat (my quilting helper) is less likely to knock it over or get hurt. Thanks for the fun!

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  66. Chris K - January 24, 2017

    I like my Rowenta. It gets really hot quickly. The steam is great to get out those heavy creases. Presses well dry for quilting.

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  67. Brenda Livingston - January 24, 2017

    I love my Oliso! I do very little other ironing, but iron everything when I quilt. I love the ease of just sliding away the iron without having to lift it. Also with the option of having the auto lift on or off lets me have the best of both worlds!!!!!

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  68. Donalma Shoust - January 24, 2017

    I love my T Fal iron.It has great steam and auto shut off.

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  69. Debbie - January 24, 2017

    I have a Rowenta that I love! It takes ordinary tap water and does a great job with my sewing needs.

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  70. Jo Hamilton - January 24, 2017

    I have a Rowena. Like it for it’s steam and auto shutoff.

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  71. Karen - January 24, 2017

    I have a Rowena that I bought a few years ago. I just love it, it steams all my wrinkles out. Just wish it worked that well on me.

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    • Karen - January 24, 2017

      Rowenta

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  72. Suzanne Luxbacher - January 24, 2017

    I shop a garage sales because I like the 1960’s heavy Sunbeam irons because they get nice and hot and they don’t have an auto shut off.

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  73. Darla - January 24, 2017

    I have an old black and decker that was very cheap. Love it. The heavier ones seem to be to clumsy for me.

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  74. Cecilia - January 24, 2017

    I have a Black & Decker classic iron. I like that it gets hot quickly and that it is heavy.

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  75. carol - January 24, 2017

    I have a T-fal iron that I like as it holds lots of water for steam, but sure would like a fancy one that lifts up when your pressing is done. Love the chance to win a prize.

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  76. Beck - January 24, 2017

    I had a Rowenta for about 10 years before it did a nose dive off an ironing board slamming into a concrete floor at a guild sew day…I gave it an 8.5! It would have received a 10, however the plastic pieces exploded all over the floor. Believe or not the Rowenta still works. Then I invested in an Oliso and I LOVE IT. When I pair it with Best Press it is the best winning combination EVER!

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  77. Becky - January 24, 2017

    I love my Panasonic cordless iron because it is cordless. I’m not constantly fighting the cord. 🙂

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  78. ann keller - January 24, 2017

    I have an inexpensive Sunbeam iron I got a five years ago. I love it because it gets really hot quickly and has an automatic shut off. It gets knocked around a lot and still works like a charm!

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  79. Joyce Kirkpatrick - January 24, 2017

    I just bought a Shark about 2 mos ago. Not sure I like it though…sometimes it doesn’t make steam even though I have it set for steam. I’ve always wanted an Oliso…it looks so modern.

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  80. Linda Hulen - January 24, 2017

    I have a Norelco Easy Steam 516. It is my favorite for all purpose use. I like the Hobbico for small projects. The Norelco gets really hot and has good steam. The Hobbico also gets really hot and I like it for spray basting.

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  81. Brenda Wilkinson - January 24, 2017

    My iron is a Proctor Silex Steam Excel. It is light weight enough to use sitting and pressing seams as I sew blocks. It gets hot quickly and has optional steam (for the scraps that have been around awhile). It has a nice wide base and doesn’t tip over easily. Small but mighty!

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  82. Beverly Nevins - January 24, 2017

    I have used a Rowenta iron for several years. They heat quickly and I prefer the ones which cut off automatically. I also like a metal sole plate as they glide more efficiently and get hotter for quilting.

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  83. Connie German - January 24, 2017

    My fav is a black and Decker. It’s lightweight, doesn’t spit, just my size and inexpensive.

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  84. Karen Bissell - January 24, 2017

    My favorite is my Rowenta. It heats quickly, glides easily, has lots of steam, and has auto shut off.

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  85. Kim Kelley - January 24, 2017

    I love my little travel iron I left in California when I moved. I can get in all my quilting seams so perfectly. First on my agenda is to get one.

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  86. Lawana Whaley - January 24, 2017

    Have almost 20 year oldSunbeam I paid about $10.00 like it has good point and it’s easy to clean the soleplate (I’m bad about hitting the fusibles)

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  87. Amy - January 24, 2017

    clover! That little guy was a game changer. So easy to pull out, use and put away, Focus stays on quilting, not ironing!

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  88. Carol - January 24, 2017

    Like my Rowenta, lots of steam & auto shut off..

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  89. Helen - January 24, 2017

    I have a Russell Hobbs iron and I love it. Its 8yrs old and the kitties have knocked if off the ironing board more than a few times and its never missed a beat. Its medium weight, not too heavy and it heats beautifully. It has an automatic cut off feature that is fantastic when I am doing long stints of stitching as I dont have to worry about it overheating. I use it dry and keep a bottle of water with a dash of lavender oil in it to spray fabric and clothes with, makes the awful chore of ironing much nicer. I actually hate ironing but if I have to do it, I wouldnt like to be without my well used and loved iron.

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  90. Chris - January 24, 2017

    Irons never seem to last very long. I wonder why. I had a Rowenta, lasted 25 years then every iron I bought died in 2 years. Lately I use the no steam, flat plate classic the most.

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  91. Darcy Marka - January 24, 2017

    I have a T-Fal ultra glide that I love because it can be corded or cordless

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  92. Carol Peebles - January 24, 2017

    I’ve had my Sunbeam for over 10 years and wish I could find a good replacement before it dies (I’ve tried 4 different brands including higher end ones none have all the qualities I like – even the new Sunbeams)) It heats quickly, has auto-shutoff and can be turned off. It is a great weight, heavy enough to press easily, light enough that I can iron quilt pieces all day and not get tired. It has a nice long cord so I can set it on my cutting board while I adjust large quilt sections on the ironing board. On the rare occasions when I iron clothing it has a sharp enough point to get into all the corners, it glides across many types of fabrics.With a metal plate it is easy to clean if I get glue or starch build up on it.

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  93. Deborah Johnstone - January 24, 2017

    Dont have a fave brand..but i do love vintage irons..they have great heat..but weigh so much #VintageRules

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  94. Beth T. - January 24, 2017

    I simply don’t have a favorite iron these days. I loved my mom’s iron, and I wish I knew what brand it was. It was heavy metal with a flat plate. It got very hot, was very steamy and very clean, and worked beautifully until the day it suddenly died. Since then I’ve gone through a couple of Rowentas and a Sunbeam (I think), as well as a little travel iron. I’m starting to think I should look at an antique store and find someone to double-check the cord.

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  95. Karen Brennan - January 24, 2017

    Rowenta travel iron. It is easy to carry, gets hot enough for any use. Mine is 7 years old and still works great.

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  96. Joy P - January 24, 2017

    I have an old Black and Decker that I love…has a little bit of weight, gets hot fast and lots of steam. I just wish the cord was a little longer.

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  97. diana - January 24, 2017

    I love my rowentas, have had them for years and i still iron clothes.

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  98. Anita - January 24, 2017

    I have a Bosch iron that my son got at Craigslist, and I love it since it has a sharp point and gets into all corners. The palladium-glisse’e plate of the iron makes it glide smoothly over the fabric.

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  99. Nancy - January 24, 2017

    It seems like I go through irons pretty quickly, maybe because I buy less expensive irons. Always with auto-off. The one I have now is a Sunbeam and it works great — for longer than previous irons, too.

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  100. Toodie Bremer - January 24, 2017

    I own a Rowenta, and like it but am currently renting a vacation home that has a Black and Decker and I really like it also. I do not like a steam Iron that dribbles and neither of these do.

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  101. Cindy M - January 24, 2017

    I have two favourites, depending on what I’m doing. For pressing larger or longer pieces (like yardage or border strips) I use my Oliso. I love that I don’t have to keep tipping it down and back up all the time. For smaller piecing I use my little SteamFast iron. It fits great on my smaller pressing surface and still gets nice and hot for crisp seams.

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  102. Pat Vetterlein - January 24, 2017

    I love my Shark iron. It does NOT have an auto shut off, so it’s always ready when I am. It works great and is inexpensive. I find I can destroy an $80 iron just as easily as a $20 iron, so, since I invariably knock the iron off the board (and it then ceases to work properly), I stick to the cheap ones!

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  103. Pauline Kennelly - January 25, 2017

    Irons are all pretty much OK. But since I absolutely HATE to iron, how can I possibly love or even like any iron? I just want an iron that is light weight, yet sturdy, heats fast, cools fast to I can put it up and durable like the old Sunbeam I inherited from my mother in law. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a brand new iron.

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  104. Karen Bain - January 25, 2017

    I have a small Sunbeam travel iron that I keep on a pressing board next to my sewing machine. It heats up fast, and I don’t have to make multiple trips to the ironing board to use the standard iron.

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  105. Susan - January 25, 2017

    I have both a Shark and a Rowenta. I think the Rowenta is really the best, but the Shark is lighter, and I use it most of the time.

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  106. Barbara - January 25, 2017

    I use an inexpensive Black and Decker, that has lasted for years. I also have a small Clover mini iron I use for applique.

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  107. Jan Hall - January 25, 2017

    I have a Rowenta professional. It has more heat than any other iron I,ve had.it also produces a lot of steam

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  108. Jean Liddle - January 25, 2017

    Panasonic cordless. Being cordless makes it very versatile

    It has 2 pointed ends. It has an awesome carrying case

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  109. Betty - January 25, 2017

    I have a Black & Decker iron that was my Mom’s. It heats up quickly and stays hot. It is also lightweight and reminds me of Mom when I use it.

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  110. cathy k - January 25, 2017

    I have a Shark and it has worked really well for me.

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  111. Jennifer Y - January 25, 2017

    I like my Rowena iron, especially because of the auto shut-off feature. I also love my silicon mat that allows me to lay my iron flat when not in use. It’s much more stable that way.

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  112. Karen Addleman - January 25, 2017

    My last two irons have been Rowenta’s. They get hot and produce enough steam when I need it.

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  113. Judie Harron - January 25, 2017

    I have dueling irons. A Rowenta Effective steam iron with an automatic shut off and a Sunbeam travel iron that sits on a TV tray next to my sewing machine for quick pressing
    seams for continuous sewing. Thank you for asking and for offering a giveaway…fingers and toes crossed for good luck!

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  114. Noelle Graham - January 25, 2017

    I have a Panasonic cordless iron. I like it because there is not cord to drag and pull the fabric laying over the ironing board!

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  115. Chriss - January 25, 2017

    I love my Rowenta, it’s heavy and gets in the corners well. and it gets hot. It has fallen off the ironing board and still keeps going. I don’t use the steam feature because I prefer a spray bottle of water.

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  116. Kathy - January 25, 2017

    Oliso, the I touch feature

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  117. Pam - January 25, 2017

    I use a moderately priced black and decker that heats up fast, has an extra burst of steam when needed and remembers to turn off when I forget to

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  118. Sandra Walker - January 25, 2017

    My favourite iron is the Steamfast mini iron I got a year ago. It’s the perfect size for pressing pieced blocks and bindings.

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  119. Sandy Curtis - January 25, 2017

    I have a Sunbeam I bought at Costco years ago. It heats fast, good steam and sprays if I need it.

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  120. Kathy Schermerhorn - January 25, 2017

    I use my old, beatup Black & Decker iron. It still works, so I still use it.

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  121. Claire Ferreira - January 25, 2017

    I like the Velocity Reliable because there is no spitting or leaking on fabric. Also it won’t shut off automatically. Once it has continuous steam even at low temperatures.

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  122. Pat - January 25, 2017

    I have the Oliso yellow and so far that has been my favourite. The auto lift feature is great and keeps the iron on the board and my arm safe from burns.

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  123. Jenn - January 25, 2017

    My husband bought me a Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot Travel Iron. It’s small, light and perfect for my sewing room. What I really need is a small fold up ironing table/board.

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  124. Mary Oddan - January 25, 2017

    I have an older Rowenta, Not automatic shut off, also a cordless one whose brand I donot recall that I like for big pressing.

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  125. peg - January 25, 2017

    My Rowenta; I love the weight and extra burst of steam.

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  126. Agnes - January 25, 2017

    I have a Hamilton Beach with auto shut off. By far the best auto shut off feature I have ever encountered. It is timed for 60 minutes and has a decent sized lighted push switch to reactivate.

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  127. Kathie - January 25, 2017

    I have a Sunbeam. Great steam and an auto shut off. Plus a very long cord that I love.

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  128. Julane - January 25, 2017

    I bought a Rowenta at a garage sale and I ❤️ it! Smooth and lots of steam.

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  129. Peg Collins - January 25, 2017

    The dry iron from Vermont Country Store is my favorite. It has a completely smooth sole plate. Doesn’t drip gunk at the worst moment like steam irons. It is heavy enough to do the job.

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  130. Patti Levine - January 25, 2017

    I actually use a Proctor Silex. Nothing fancy with a a nice point. It’s a work horse since it has fallen several times….courtesy of my quilt buddy cat! Reliable, hot and good steam.

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  131. Carol Brady - January 25, 2017

    My Sunbeam Turbo Master has been a good workhorse for a number of years. Lots of steam when I need it!

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  132. Carol Brady - January 25, 2017

    When I need lots of steam, I am happy to have my Sunbeam Turbo Master.

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  133. Sharon - January 25, 2017

    Seriously I like the mini steamfast iron. I will sometimes use it at home when pressing quilt seams over my rowenta iron

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  134. Chrissie W - January 25, 2017

    I have an 1800w shark that I love. It gets nice and hot, has a nice weight, and presses my fabric and blocks beautifully.

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  135. Donna Hope - January 25, 2017

    I have a very tiny dritz iron. It’s a perfect size for packing into my kit that I take to our quilting get-togethers.

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  136. Karen Cottom - January 25, 2017

    I have a rowenta travel iron that I have had for years and has not failed me yet.

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  137. Erin Marie - January 25, 2017

    I have a cordless Panasonic. I got it for Christmas 5 years ago. You can’t imagine a happier woman on Christmas morning! It’s a pretty color, too, which makes it even better.

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  138. MarieJeanne Gray - January 25, 2017

    January 25, 2017…Marie Jeanne
    My trusty Black and Decker has been my friend for many years. Love the way it
    glides over my patches, distributes steam so evenly, is not too heavy, and gives my
    finished products life!

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  139. Marie - January 25, 2017

    I have a black and decker. What I like about it is if it falls over it will shut its self off. It also has a retractable cord, which is a nice feature

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  140. carolyn montgomery - January 25, 2017

    my favorite iron for pressing as i piece is the steamfast travel iron and for pressing yardage or completed flimsy tops is the rowenta professional.

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  141. Laura - January 25, 2017

    I have a tfal ultraglide iron that has served me well. It gets hot, has good steam, is heavy enough. When it wears out I’m going for an Olisio which I have been using at my local sewing store at classes. Like that the olisio can stay flat on the ironing board.

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  142. Pauline Pire - January 25, 2017

    I have had 2 Rowenta’s over the years after the last one died, I bought an in expense
    Sunbeam it works just fine. I also use a travel iron on the table beside my sewing machine that works great as I piece.

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  143. FLOR CHAVARRIA - January 25, 2017

    I have an old ROWENTA that needs replacement. Would like to try Olisso

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  144. Lynda H - January 25, 2017

    my daughters bought me a Oslio for Christmas two years ago and I love it. I would like to talk to the mfgs. about a couple of changes that I think they need to make. I have had wrist problems and using this iron does not irritate it at all.

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  145. Karen - January 25, 2017

    I think I like my Oliso better than my Panasonic cordless but both have advantages. I think the oliso gets hotter and is heavier than the Panasonic so does a better job pressing.

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  146. Summer - January 25, 2017

    I’ve tried quite a few irons, and they all work well if they’re clean and stay hot. I recently used the Reliable Velocity 200IR at a sewing retreat and loved all the steam! Unfortunately, I rarely use steam in my Oliso Pro Smart Iron, since you’re supposed to empty the water reservoir after use and I rarely remember to and even when I do, it’s difficult to get all the water out! I love that the Oliso has an auto shut-off (also good for when you don’t remember), automatically raises and lowers at the touch of a hand, and you can leave it on fabric because it raises itself, so you’re never fighting for room to put it down on your ironing surface. Also, an iron that isn’t sitting on it’s base is much less likely to tip over, so another great safety feature. So, I’ll stick with my Oliso but seriously consider a Reliable if I ever need a replacement!

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  147. Stephanie - January 25, 2017

    I have a mini Steamfast that is working great for quilting and piecing. I had Rowentas before, but they kept burning out. I have to use a larger iron too since I also sew clothing, draperies, etc. and I currently use an Oreck for that, but the steam is no longer working on it. Sigh…

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  148. Sandra Buchberger - January 25, 2017

    I have been using a Shark with auto shut off for several years now and it works great, but my hubby got me a EuroSteam Next Generation 1000w for Christmas so am now using it. Works great. (Love shopping at Connecting Threads)

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  149. FS - January 25, 2017

    I have to depend on the local Wal-Mart for my appliance needs, and that means I’m limited to whatever they stock. My current iron is a mid-range Sunbeam, with retractable cord. It’s not the greatest and has already begun to leak. To be honest, I’ve never had a top-line iron, and I wonder if they are worth the price – which is a bit steep for my taste.

    So, I will use this iron until it wears out – which may not be long! Then I may look for a Rowenta or an Oliso, since so many of the responses praise both brands!

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  150. Floy - January 25, 2017

    I have an inexpensive Sunbeam iron that has an automatic shut-off. I absolutely love it. It has great steam release when I want or I can shut if off (and it is completely off) when I don’t want steam.

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  151. Ellen Vandruff - January 25, 2017

    I’m currently enjoying my Rowena iron. It has nice weight and I love the precision tip. I’ve heard many complaints about them leaking, but I’ve learned to empty my iron when I’m done sewing for the day to avoid this problem.

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  152. Cavell - January 25, 2017

    It’s a toss up between my Rowenta and Oliso. I love the steam, automatic shut off and the weight of the Rowenta but really like the automatic lift feature of the Oliso. If there was a combination of the two…..I’d purchase it in a heartbeat.

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  153. Nancy N - January 25, 2017

    I have a Rowenta iron I have been using for a number of years now. I like it because it has some heft to it, when I am pressing just laundered yardage. It also works great when I am making bias strips for appliqué stems. I use it all the time when pressing row seams, backings, etc., on my big board ironing surface.

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  154. Kaye Mattson - January 25, 2017

    I have an inexpensive Black and Decker iron that I have used for about 4 years. It works well for me. The Rowenta that I had before that would spit and then died after only 2 years.

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  155. Peg Adams - January 25, 2017

    I love my Oliso iron! It is the fuchsia pink model….with the eleven-foot long cord. Took a bit of getting used to it–for 20+ years I have pressed fabric and then stood the iron upright. This iron stays lying down, and when you touch the handle, it gets closer to the fabric for pressing. Great iron!

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  156. Barbara Shultz - January 25, 2017

    Actually I have 2. If I’m sewing all day I get my Reliable with its separate boiler set uo. But for very short periods I have a basic rowenta that I use. The Rowenta also travels with me.

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  157. Deb G. in VA - January 25, 2017

    I like my rowenta travel iron.

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  158. Linda Miller - January 25, 2017

    I love my Panasonic cordless iron. Stays nice and hot for a long time. Best iron ever.

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  159. Joanne Regnier - January 25, 2017

    I had a really cheap iron and my husband bought me a Hamilton-Beech with automatic shut off for Christmas. I have dropped it a few times, and still works great.Gets hot fast, and beeps when it is at the right temp. What a difference it has made for me.
    Love it.

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  160. Sandy Koenig - January 25, 2017

    I like my Rowenta , it has a nice pointed nose to get is small places and heavy enough it keeps Me from wanting to iron instead of pressing.

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  161. Pam B - January 25, 2017

    I love my old Sunbeam, and have had it for years. My mom always used Sunbeam. They’ve always been reliable and just simply work well. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  162. Gloria Popa - January 25, 2017

    My quilting buddy found an old iron with no steam vents, I love it for all that does not require steam…I am not a steamer, however I love my Olisso. The drawback comes when I take a class and forget to up end the iron there.

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  163. Chris Newman - January 25, 2017

    Rowenta light weight and just flows so nice when I press fabric. Great on seams

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  164. Connie White - January 25, 2017

    I have really loved my Rowenta travel iron, but the second one just died last week. It was the perfect size for pressing small pieces, glides so smoothly over the fabric and the steam was perfect. Looking for a new one…..any suggestions?

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  165. Robin Noel - January 25, 2017

    My main iron( at the moment ) is a Rowenta, has a stainless steel sole plate and lots of steam. I love the pointed tip and its just the right weight, not too heavy and not too light.

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  166. Cindy mizer - January 25, 2017

    I have a Hamilton Beach iron I bought at Target. I like it because it has an auto shut-off. I did have a small Sunbeam that I liked a lot-it got hot fast-but it didn’t have an auto shut-off and I left it on and it burned out. Obviously, I need one with an auto function.

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  167. Mary D - January 25, 2017

    I have been using Rowentas for over 25 years. I don’t think I have used any other iron in that time. I am sure of it.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  168. JoAnne T. - January 25, 2017

    My favorite iron is my good old Sunbeam I bought for less than $20 at Target. It always heats fast and gets hot enough for cotton. I use a spray bottle for steam, irons last so much longer when you don’t put water into them. This iron is also lightweight, good on these old arthritic hands.

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  169. Kathie L - January 25, 2017

    I have a Panasonic. I don’t use water and it has great heat.

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  170. Shaireen - January 25, 2017

    Best iron I ever had was a Rowenta years ago. Since then I haven’t found any one particular brand that has been great. As long as it has got good steam, heats up well,
    and has a good nose point on it for pressing small seams I am happy. At the moment I am using an olissio iron which seems to be working well.

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  171. Lynda M - January 25, 2017

    I have a T Fal that I absolutely love. Edyta Sitar recommended it at a workshop. Also love my Rowenta travel itpron for classes and retreats. You have to have a hot iron for good seams. Thanks for the chance to win a prize!

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  172. Darla - January 25, 2017

    I just purchased a Rowenta and it looks look. I like the sharp end it has for pressing open narrow seams.

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  173. Diane R Lampe - January 26, 2017

    I use a Rowena. Love it for its weight, steam on/off feature and most important, auto off. Smooth glide and even steam distribution too😊

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  174. Diane R Lampe - January 26, 2017

    Oops…ROWENTA

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  175. Susan - January 26, 2017

    Love the Panasonic cordless…no annoying cord to tangle or get in the way!

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  176. Susan Jane - January 26, 2017

    I have an inexpensive Hamilton Beach iron. It does the job, and that’s what’s important.

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  177. Cathy Wilson - January 26, 2017

    I have an inexpensive Sunbeam and don’t remember how long I’ve had it. I like it because it’s tough enough to survive the occasional drop and it doesn’t have an automatic shut off. I would hate to be in the middle of a project and have to wait for my iron to reheat when I’m in a rush to finish.

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  178. Regina - January 26, 2017

    I have a Rowenta Pro Iron Steam Station. I love it but I am constantly on edge inspecting it for leaks. Half of my friends have ones that leak and half don’t. I purchased the gray Panasonic cordless iron and I have found that I don’t like that I can’t sit it on it’s end (It’s double pointed) and have to always put it in the base. It has fallen to the floor because of this a couple of times.

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  179. Kathleen - January 26, 2017

    I have a very inexpensive Sunbeam that I have probably had for 10 years plus.The most workout it has ever received is when I learned to quilt!! It’s always been very good to me even though I abuse it by leaving water in it (gasp!). It has only recently begun to not get hot enough when using it dry, but when I have it on steam it gets very hot. When I replace it I will most likely get another Sunbeam because of its durability. I only hope the Sunbeams of today are as durable as this old one!

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  180. Dixie - January 27, 2017

    I have never found the PERFECT iron. For the past year, I have been using a Panasonic cordless with the leaf shaped sole. Mine is blue. I like it, though a bit more heat and a bit more steam would be nice.

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  181. Amanda Best - January 27, 2017

    My iron is a very inexpensive, Proctor-Silex model. I like how it heats up very quickly. I would love to try one like Jenny from the Missori Star Quilt Co has!

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  182. Cindy - January 27, 2017

    I have a small travel iron that I use. Don’t even know the brand but I like it because it gets hot, stays hot and doesn’t shut off automatically, EVER! Nothing more annoying than a cold iron when you go to pick it up. Also have had them shut off while using to fuse something that took over 30 seconds in one spot. Am on the lookout for a good old Black & Decker in the second hand shops. They were great irons and unfortunately mine from the 1960’s finally gave up.

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  183. Sarah V - January 28, 2017

    My current iron is a simple Black and Decker. I used to go through irons quickly, but I’ve learned to rely on a spray bottle and never fill my iron with water for steam. Not using water in my iron has made it last far longer than any previous ones. I though it would be a tough transition since I used a lot of steam, it now I only need a spray bottle for bad wrinkles. It was on this site that I learned that tip!

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  184. Linda Christianson - January 28, 2017

    I like a good steam iron with tiny point to open seams. I can wear out $25 iron in a year. I have used many brands and have no favorite. I am in need of a new one. I like real steam after being professional presser not spray bottle.

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  185. Sarah Aldrich - January 29, 2017

    I recently got the olio 1600 smart touch. I have mixed feelings about it. I got it for an amazing price and it gets nice and hot, but I don’t feel that it products es as much steam as my previous Rowenta which was leaking.

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  186. BARBARA K JOY - January 30, 2017

    GOSH, I HAVE SO MANY IRONS. ALWAYS BUYING TO IMPROVE. THE BEST SO FAR IS THE CORDLESS IRON FROM PANASONIC. I HAVE A VERY SMALL SPACE TO DO ALL MY SEWING, CUTTING AND IRONING AND THIS IRON IS PERFECT FOR SMALL SPACES. NO CORD TO GET IN THE WAY AND MESS THINGS UP. WHAT A DREAM!

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  187. Linda Clarke - January 31, 2017

    Black&Decker

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  188. Nita - January 31, 2017

    My most favorite iron was made by Bosch which they no longer make…sad day when that iron quit working. I currently have a Oliso TG1600 with automatic lift. I like the automatic lift feature but I wouldn’t say it has any better ironing or steaming ability than any of the irons I’ve use in sewing classes. I often forget to set an iron up right in class because I’m use to the automatic lift which isn’t good. I would like to find another iron that irons as well as my Bosch.

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  189. Christine - January 31, 2017

    I bought an Oliso about 6 months ago. I love it. The main reason is I am clumsy. I tend to knock an iron off of my ironing surface when it is standing upright. With the Oliso, you just push it aside. Love it!

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  190. Barba - January 31, 2017

    Sunbeam Turbo Steam Master – heats up nicely (when not filling the water well) and has great steam output when needed. Automatic shutoff which is a must for me and inexpensive as well.

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  191. Rolanda Tovey - January 31, 2017

    I have an exceptionally cheap iron The brand is Kitchen Basics. I think it was $12.00, on sale for 30%off about 20 years ago. I have tried many different irons, some very expensive ones but I keep coming back to this one because it is light and hot. The cord drives my crazy but the cordless one I have doesn’t stay hot.

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  192. Donna Edwards - January 31, 2017

    I use an older black & decker iron. The reason I love it is because it’s heavier than the cheap versions and the cost is wayyyy out there. If you press with it you get it done faster.

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  193. Jodi wolff - January 31, 2017

    My pink Olisio is my favorite iron. Well it’s Pink and you have to love anything pink and I love how it rises up without having to lift it.

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  194. Jessica Baker - February 1, 2017

    My favorite iron is my Panasonic cordless iron. I love that no one will trip over my cord. That is very important when you have a house full of kids. My youngest has a knack for tripping over items or just falling down.

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  195. Kathy Hartwell - February 1, 2017

    I have an older Proctor Silex that works well for most of my ironing needs and I have the option of steam or not. I like that it doesn’t shut off automatically. I use a Clover for smaller things.

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  196. Sallie Dodd - February 1, 2017

    I do not have a favorite as I only have one iron and it is an oldie, so I guess it has to be my favorite.

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  197. Debbie Teague - February 10, 2017

    I have an old Rowenta iron. I love it because it is heavy enough I do not have to put a lot of pressure on it to iron or press. It has a stainless steel bottom so glides pretty and easy to clean. Thank you

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