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Iron and ironing board

fiberartist | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am in the process of converting a room into a sewing room and am now turning my attention to the iron/pressing area.  I am looking at the Rowenta steam/press iron with a 33 oz. steam reservoir at 1750 watts.  Does anyone have any comments on this type of iron or an iron that works best for you?  Also, I am inclined to have an ironing board attached to the wall (not in a cabinet) so that I can pull it down when I am using it and leave it up for better usage of space.  Does anyone have any suggestions on good quality brands or tips on ironing boards to buy?  The instructions for the above iron say that it works best on a board with a metal web base.  Thanks for any comments. 


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    I have a Rowenta Steam Generator iron, I don't know how I managed without it!  It really takes the drudge out of pressing!  My ironing board is metal web, 48"x18" and I love it!  The wider pressing area really helps.  I think it is a Martha Stewart one from K Mart but can't find a namebrand on it.  It's very sturdy. 

     I put my cutting table in front of it when I have really large pieces so they don't lay on the floor.  You can also get a pressing pad that covers the top of the cutting table.  I have one, but it is a hassle to put on and off so I rarely use it. 

    1. fiberartist | | #2

      Thanks for the info.  I have always wanted a steamer but had no place to put it.  I would like an ironing board that attaches to the wall but I'm afraid the surface area will be too small. 

    2. fiberartist | | #3

      One more question.  I notice other postings on this website complaining that the Rowenta steamers quit working on them after a year or so.  How long have you had yours?  Thanks. 

      1. MaryinColorado | | #4

        I've had mine for a couple of years now, maybe 3 with no problems.  I might not use it as often as some who do "stitchin for a livin" so that may be a factor.  It says to use tap water rather than Distilled, maybe there's a problem if one has well water or really hard water or maybe even a water softner.  I read about those problems after I bought mine and worried for awhile.  I just love it for all fabrics.  I use my older iron for fusables usually and use a presscloth.  I wonder if they had some "lemons"?  Who knows, they have changed them so you can tell how much water is in them and now they have a slanted base but that's all I know.  I think http://www.nancysnotions from Sewing With Nancy PBS show (Nancy Zeiman) still sells them too.  I got mine on sale at JoAnnes.  Mary

  2. sewsassy | | #5

    I have a Rowenta iron that works beautifully.  I have had mine for about 15 years. I have used tap water, distilled water and well water in it without any problems.

    I just replaced my mother's Rowenta of 19 years with the same brand (she dropped it on the basement floor, just cracked the top but the iron still works great. I think her old one was to heavy for her).

    I've used other irons but, in my opinion, this is by far the best iron.  Burst of steam is great, heat up in seconds, and has an auto shut off if I don't use it after a few minutes.

    1. dollmarm | | #6

      HI to ALL you ladies

      SO glad to hear of this Iron I wanna' a new one but hubby likes the one we have - which he does iron more but I think it lacks some.  We have a Sunbeam Steam Master and I think the master has retired ! I want a really good steamer in the Iron.  I have a Steamer but know the two shall never be as one! teeheheheeee  :~)I have a very Ironing board I bought from Costco that is always up and use for placing my small cutting board on as well.   It has the Iron holder on it, plus the small ironing pad underneath that can be brought up and set up beside to iron sleeves and etc...  SO good to hear the recommendation of this Iron - where have you found the best prices ?  P.S. need to help my mother-in-law find herself a good one too that will shut itself offShe loves to Iron and she forgets she has left it on.  too many times she has had to run back home half way down to just ck' and make sure and of course she left it on.  BUT she is a great Ironer - I not !  I need a great one to help me iron better :~) tera

      1. sewsassy | | #8

        The Rowenta iron I bought my mother is called the Auto Steam model #DZ1500.  I got it at Joann's when they had it on sale.  I have also found them at Target and Kohl's in my area for about the same price I paid (about $40.00).  Usually Kohl's is pretty good on their sale prices, but shop around.

        1. dollmarm | | #9

          Thanks, I will keep an eye on that one at the different places you suggested.   I will share this mom too - she needs a good one,  :~) 

          Hey, just talk to mom (mother-in-law) sharing about this Iron and says she has heard of that Iron and thanks you too for the info.  she will be looking for it - she is needing a new too. 

          Edited 4/1/2008 11:25 am ET by dollmarm

  3. BernaWeaves | | #7

    I have a heavy Rowenta that I love, but it took some getting used to the weight.

    On the plus side, it gets really hot and gets the wrinkles out, and the steamburst is great.  The spritzer clogged up early, but that happens on all irons and it's a pain in the finger to use it anyway.  I just use a spray bottle for misting.

    I have a regular ironing board for normal stuff, and then I ordered a "Big Board" which fits over my ironing board when I want to iron sheets or large flat items.  It's great.  Search Google for "Big Board Ironing Board" and you'll find the site.

    I prefer a regular ironing board to one that is attached to the wall, because I can adjust the height.  Sometimes I want to sit down when I'm ironing.


    Edited 3/31/2008 4:35 pm ET by BernaWeaves

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