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Irons – help!

Lexie_ | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Is anyone else experiencing spitting and sputtering irons? I had a Rowenta that I used for several years, and the heating element burned out. Thought I’d try a Black and Decker high end model. I love the iron, but it sputters and spits on the fabric. I’m using distilled water and am sure to let it warm up enough so it doesn’t spit. Are there any tips available to prevent this? Thanks!


  1. Dot | | #1

    Try calling one of the repair centers and they may be able to make suggestions. For one thing, you are not supposed to use distilled water in a Rowenta. I have one and I dearly love it! It's been great!

    1. Cecile_Moore | | #2

      *I have had nothing but bad experiences with Black & Decker appliances, from coffee makers to drills to paint strippers. They have cool ideas but their manufacturing is just horrible. I have a Rowenta that I like, but my mom's old iron is a Sunbeam or something, and it weighs about 40 pounds and will iron anything in a snap. Can good old heavy irons be had any more, or must I haunt yard sales?

      1. thimble_ | | #3

        *Hello everybody.......Onehting i have learnt is that no matter what iron you have it is going to sputter and spit at some point when you are pressing lots....simply because the water acts like a collant and when it hits the plate it cools it! One thing you an do is put boiling water in the iron, but that can be dangerous!!!! I use a gravity system iron, it is great! It uses a bottle suspended a metre above the ironing board to feed the water into the iron using plastic tubes...this way you are not limited to the amount of water in the iron! Even this iron however will sputter and spit if it gets too cool! The only iron that won't is a high pressure steam iron that is used in manufacturing...$800But for all you hardcore sewers out there I reccomend moving from the domestic to the the higher end gravity steam iron. fro about 200 to 300 dollars it is WELL WORTHWHILE. I have had mine for six years and I can say it has lasted longer than my last 3 girlfriends (and less maintenance too!!)time for me to leave, i have some "pressing" engagements!thimble!

        1. Leslie_B. | | #4

          *I love Rowentas but, I am a heavy user and I'm on my third one. The last one Rowenta offered to fix it for a fee if I sent it back to them at the Factory but the difference in the amount after paying for shipping & handling wasn't much of a saving so I just bought a new one. A few years ago I bought a Euro Press (the kind attached to the vacumn board) and, although it's great for pre-shrinking fabrics and steaming the wrinkles out of garments, it's not for everyday use. However, it sputters and sprays if I haven't warmed it up properly. I already have a request in for a gravity fed iron the next time my DH wants to curry favor with me.

          1. Joanne_Meierhofer | | #5

            *Hi Although you've probably made your purchase by now,I give you my two cents anyway. I finally bought a Pacific Steam gravity feed iron and love it although the tap water in our area is so full of minerals that the 15 $ filter became clogged in less than 4 months and I had to send it back. I've used only didstilled since and have not had any problemss. it weighs 5 # so regular ironing could be a chore but I mostly press tailoring, alterations etc. Joanne Meierhofer

          2. silkscape_ | | #6

            *I was told, when I called the company, to use spring, not distilled water in my Rowenta. I haven't had any trouble with it in three years of using it.

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