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bonkers | Posted in Talk With Us on

To FUZZER and ALL,  Yes, I had to look on the Vermont Store website and couldn`t resist ordering the iron before I talked myself out of it. I knew if I waited I would decide I could live without it. That old tightwad mind set!! I paid 37.95 with postage. Can`t wait to see if it is what I wanted.  It looks like the ones from the 40s that I remember, but I bet it is made in China instead of  USA. Just as ling as it works good! Bonkers


  1. spicegirl | | #1

    I hope you like your iron - think of foreign made goods as being manufactured according to (GE, Westinghouse, etc) specifications.  For whatever reason I never think of goods made in countries where their language is English to be foreign.................people who live in non-English speaking countries may well think the same way about the "English".

    Sad to say, but if everything were made in the USA, there would be so many factories with employees wanting to be paid $50.00 an hour, have personal time off for their dog's manicure, millionaire retirement plans &  free medical coverage that we couldn't afford to buy their products!


    1. bonkers | | #2

      I suppose you are right about the products being made by GE spefications. I still have that old WWII mindset about the Asian goods. Although, the factories in my part of the country barely pay minium wage and have a large pool of people struggling to feed their families on the 8.00 hr. wages.No unions around here! Bonkers

    2. MaryinColorado | | #3

      I think either you are naive, very young, or don't live in the America I live in.  Do you have any idea how many people in this country would love to have any job, let alone one that is full time with benefits?  Let alone retirement and 401Ks.  There are too many people in this country without healthcare or food on the table!  Too many children left out in the cold, in shelters, home alone since their parents cannot afford daycare, hungry, at risk, ill, dying... I feel very strongly about supporting our country!!!  Buy American whenever possible is my motto!    Freedom isn't free!  Too many of our young men and women are coming home after serving our country and cannot find work!   Mary

      1. spicegirl | | #4

        I do support my country and service members!

        Where did you get your statistics?  What percentage of your purchases this week were made or grown in the US?  Service members are suppose to get their jobs back when they return home from active duty, or at least they did where I worked.

        1. marg | | #5

          People back to the IRON. I have the iron from VT country store it is very nice but I would like it more if it was larger by about 20 or 25% . I remember the old irons they were heavier,that's nice and they were larger.

          1. Cherrypops | | #8

            Thank you for asking for a return to the Dry Iron Discussion.

            Sorry I was a bit late in coming in.


        2. MaryinColorado | | #6

          I am responding via email as we are off subject too far...Mary

          1. Ralphetta | | #7

            This is probably  dumb  but since I'm happy with my steam iron I'm curious about what it is you use your dry iron on and why steam holes cause problems. I think my iron works great, but maybe I'm missing something.

          2. Cherrypops | | #10


            I'm with you on this one. My mum has a dry iron, she is afraid of getting electricuted, to her, water in an iron is not safe, but i love my steam iron, i don't use steam when i am fusing for applique work, but I wouldn't be without it. For normal ironing of clothing I find the dry iron takes too long, so i take mine to mum's when on holiday.

            Would others shed some light as to the pros of using Dry Irons.


          3. Cherrypops | | #9

            Dear maryincolarado,

            Thank you for taking a postive and mature attitude regarding getting way off the subject, continuing your discussion outside the forum is much appreciated.


          4. MaryinColorado | | #11

            Sorry, I apologise to all who caught me going off on a tangent!  It was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Mary

            I have a sealing iron that has temp settings.  I use it for applique and fusible interfacings mostly.   It can also be used with heataway stabilizers. 

          5. Cherrypops | | #12

            Apology accepted!

            What brand is your sealing iron?

            How heavy is it?


          6. PrincessKatja | | #13

            I hadn't thought about buying a "special" dry iron, but I have to admit it's one big reason I upgraded to my professional steam generator iron.  My old irons were terrible; even the more expensive EuroPro that was a total waste of money (the old Black and Decker cheapo worked better).  The steam generator iron only steams when you hit the button - and when you do, it's pressurized "dry" steam that doesn't spit, leak, or scald you.  I love it!  I'm assuming, though, based on the conversation that the price is outside of what's being considered.  But I am very glad I splurged and look forward to using it for years to come.  The iron is fairly heavy (hurrah!), has a sharp point (another hurrah!).  The steam vents are only in the front/tip of the iron.  The boiler is stainless steel and has silicone pads for resting the iron.   If anyone is interested in hearing more, let me know.

          7. MaryinColorado | | #14

            I love my steam generator too.  It is so funny, I thought it didn't work at first because the fabric didn't get damp!  I could see the steam but it confused me at first.  I must have looked like a monkey trying to figure it out!  I finally sprayed my silicone presscoth and it being nonporous got "misty", I felt kind of stupid!  It works great and I don't have to stop, wait for the iron to cool, and refill.  One of my best investments!

          8. PrincessKatja | | #15


            I'm very grateful to you and others who have posted because you influenced my decision greatly!  I ended up with the Reliable 300i with the vacuum/blow table.  A big investment for me but still less than half of the cost Laurastar (comparable) setup I drooled over at Expo (sorry Laurastar vendors!).  I went with the 300i rather than the friendlier looking "home" version because of the larger tank.  Plus, the fact that it is "industrial" means that you can actually order individual parts for it should something fail.   I'm not worried about having to refill the tank; I've filled it once and have gone through two whole days of working without running out.  I'm sure it's getting close, though.  I was pressing a bunch of canvas (comes out of the dryer looking like a disaster) and it took a lot of steam and vacuum to whip it into shape.  But unlike my other irons, it did tame the canvas!  I was very happy/impressed.  Now I can move ahead with my new corset.  :)

            Thanks again, Mary!

          9. MaryinColorado | | #16

            Cool!  Glad you found the right one for your needs!  You sound like a busy gal! Isn't it grand how many of our "tools" make life easier?  Mary

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