Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram Tiktok Icon YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Conversational Threads

irons – steam generator systems

twoimps | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

As I’m doing more sewing these days, I’m interested in the steam generator systems.  Can anyone recommend the Reliable Home Ironing Systems ($199 or $149) or the Digital Velocity Iron ($129) or other another system?

I used to use rowentas and my first rowenta lasted forever but since then they don’t seem to be made as well and something always breaks.  The last, the Professional model, lasted a year but never worked that well – water spotting on the steam setting no matter how high the temp, preheated, etc.  I finally bought a cheap $49 Black and Decker Digital iron and was surprised  – it has lots of steam and never water spots especially on the lower temp settings for steam.


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    I am very happy with my Rowenta Steam Generator.  It is so great not to have to refill the water repeatedly.  Hopefully I will not run into problems.

    Maybe patternreview.com has some comments that would be helpful to you.  Good luck in your search!  Mary

    1. twoimps | | #2

      Thanks for your comment.  I checked some older postings and also saw some positive feedback on Rowenta and a few other models.  I'll checkout Patternreview.com also.

      thanks again!

  2. missjoanie | | #3

    I just ordered the professional Reliable iron system. I am so fed up with my Rowenta's doing the same thing that you speak about. A couple years ago I replaced my ten year old Rowenta with a newer model thinking the spotting and sputtering was a problem with the old iron. The new one was worse. I'll have to let you know how pleased I am with the new system--it's being delivered tomorrow.

    1. twoimps | | #4

      I'm checking in to see how you like the Reliable system you purchased.  I'm hoping your experience is good as in late October I purchased a Rowenta steam generator and it failed in late January.  I loved it but it lost steam pressure.

      I was looking at Rowenta and Reliable, both models where you could refill the water while using.  I bought the Rowenta because I got it 20% off locally, and when I returned it I found out it's been discontinued and the replacement model can't be refilled while using.  I'm going to return the replacement and will buy a Reliable or a gravity feed iron.


      1. missjoanie | | #5

        I'm very pleased with the Reliable system. The steam generated is generous and the water reservoir lasts for a long time without refilling. I'm so thrilled with the amount of steam that I've been using all my mother's old linen tablecloths without any fretting about having to press them.

        I have not tailored a garment since the purchase and look forward to using this new tool for assisting shaping and molding my next wool blazer. For quick pressing in the morning before work, I still use my regular iron for a quick heat up. The steam generator does take some time to heat up--that would be my only negative comment.

        I would highly recommend the Reliable system. The quality of the product is evident. It was definitely worth the money.

        1. twoimps | | #6

          Which model did you buy and where did you buy it? I've been checking some websites and many are out of stock and/or backordered.  After using a steam generator I can't go back to a regular iron.  !

          Thanks again for the feedback!


          1. missjoanie | | #7


            I purchased the i300 Professional System. I attended the Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan last September and purchased it directly from the company. They shipped it to me from Ontario three weeks later. I was able to get free shipping and a show price.


          2. twoimps | | #8

            I looked at the i300 and the home models.  I went with the J450A home model as I found a really great price - and it can be refilled while using.  This brand is sold out and backordered on a lot of websites so it must be selling.

            Thanks for the information, I can't wait to get my new iron!

          3. missjoanie | | #9


            Let me know how you like it. I have a daughter that sews and that may be a great Christmas present.


This post is archived.

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Conversational Threads

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All


Shop the Store

View All
View More