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Iron Headaches

cafms | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I have a Rowenta steam generator iron.  It has a tank that holds almost four cups of water which lasts quite a while.  I usually turn it on and leave it most of the day as I sew.  I had trouble only a couple times with it spitting or leaking and that was because I tried to use the steam before it had heated completely.  I’ve had it going on three years now and have been very satisfied.  Hancock’s had them on sale then.  I keep mine on the floor in a basket with a handle so it is easy to move.  It doesn’t have a mist option but I just keep a spray bottle in the basket for that. 


  1. akirab4thee | | #1

    I'll looked further in to that. Thanks. I use to have a heavy weight dry iron and a spray bottle. I liked it but someone in my family took the water bottle and filled it with something else. It happen several more times.

    Edited 12/5/2006 6:53 pm ET by akirab4thee

    1. tdsews | | #2

      I also have a Rowenta steam generator iron.  It is the best one I've ever had.  I had a Euro Pro steam generator iron prior to that.  I had reworked by the company after it had fallen too many times and stopped working.  About a year after it was fixed the heating element failed.  I chose the Rowenta because you can remove the water cup for refilling without having to turn off the iron and wait for it to cool down.  I love the MAJOR steam it provides - and no auto shut off (a sewers nightmare). 

      These irons are more expensive but last long and are GREAT!  Check out prices on line.  I got mine from AllBrands.com on sale with free shipping.  It was the best deal by far.



      1. akirab4thee | | #3

        Thanks I'll look further into a steam generator.

  2. solosmocker | | #4

    First - my iron of choice is a Rowenta "Professional" that I purchased about ten years ago. Not many people had even heard of Rowenta around then. I love it. It has a large plate to rest back on and is therefore very stable. That is very important as you will see when you hear my "iron horror story".At the ripe old age of eleven I came out of the shower in my bare feet and while standing on a marble floor, proceeded to iron my "Sunday Best" to wear to church. I was going to 7:00am Mass with a friend and the rest of my family was fast asleep. The next thing I knew I was electrocuted. I don't have much memory of the accident but have a very vivid memory of how I watched myself in the bed while our neighbor, an abstetrician, told my mother I was gone. I watched my mother literally wither and fall to the floor. I then decided I could not leave my mother like this and with a wooshing feeling somehow made it back into my body, opened my eyes and came to. I have scars from the iron on my arm to this day. I will spare you the other details but to say I am intimidated by irons is an understatement. I don't think in the first 20 years of marriage I had one iron more than 6 months. At the slightest feeling of instability, I would drop the iron and get out of the way. So it is critical that I have a stable iron and my Rowenta has more than proven itself, not having ever fallen once to the floor. It has never leaked, or had any other type of problem either. It is the only iron I have had of the many that gives me heavy steam without being one of those funky steam iron setups that the dry cleaners have (and a lot of seamstresses too). I also like that it is heavy. I DO NOT like a lightweight iron. With a lightweight iron, my body has to put the weight into the process. With a heavy iron, I find it is much less work. So there is my iron story and iron opinion.

    1. fabricholic | | #5

      That is some more experience you had.  I'm surprised you would pick up an iron, again.  My mother-in-law's t.v. was struck by lightening and bounced to her.  She lost a lot of her hearing and it did something to her nerves.  I am glad you came back and I know your mother was happy. 


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