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professional pressing systems

kelker | Posted in General Discussion on

Many thanks to everyone for their great sewing room ideas as I’ve added them to my list of wants.  Here’s my next question —- does anyone have the professional irons with the boiler?    While watching a U-tube video of a tailor constructing a man’s suit, the tailor mentioned the importance of ‘DRY’ steam when pressing.   Can anyone tell me about this?


  1. joanier | | #1

    "dry" steam sounds like an oxymoron to me.  :-)  I do have a Rowenta with a steam tank.  The thing I do like about it is that I control the steam with a botton underneath the handle and at any given moment my iron becomes a "dry" iron simply by not depressing the steam button.   You may have been asking about one of the more expensive gravity feed irons and if that's the case, I don't have any experience with those.  I'd love to see one sometime.

    1. beo | | #2

      About six months ago I bought a steam generating machine (IronMaven) from http://www.reliablecorporationcom.  I am loving it!  The iron sits on top of the water resevoir which holds almost four cups.  The resevoir has its own heating element so that you can turn the iron down to the lowest setting and still have TONS of steam.  The people at Reliable are great to deal with and there was no tax or shipping charge.

  2. mainestitcher | | #3

    If you really want to get nice results...A Nyamoto table with vacuum is great for pressing. Once the steam penetrates the fabric, the weight of the iron holds it in shape and the vacuum table draws the steam away and dries the fabric.

  3. flytootall | | #4

    Several years ago, I saw the Laurastar at a home show.  I was very impressed; however it was $1,000.  Someone in ASG sold them for $700 and I bought one, thinking it would be my last iron.  WRONG!  The handle got so hot, I had to use oven gloves to iron.  Something overheated and it needed a fusible link.  Customer Service at Laurastar told me to send it to the NE.  Well, the iron is attached to the ironing board and weighs a ton.  Sending it back to be repaired was out of the question.  They sent me the fusible links (they were very expensive) and my husband fixed it.  That happened right after I bought it.  Now it doesn't heat up at all.  I would stay away from Laurastar unless they have improved their product.

    1. birdlady1 | | #5

      A few months ago I bought an press steam iron and had the same problem with the handle.  It got so hot that I had to wear gloves when using it.  I took it back to the seller who had it tested from someone from the company.  The person said to the seller that I must had very senstive hands.  That was a false statement coming from the company.  I use the irons at the colleges and have had no problem with them.  I would like to buy another one but am very hesitant.  I don't want the same problem and I was lucky I got my money back.  Most stores will not.  I am just going to use the regular iron I have at home.  May be some day I will try to buy one again.

    2. kelker | | #6

      I'm really going to have to do some homework when looking for a professional system.  Thanks for all the comments.   I have been using Rowenta's high-end models, but have had them start to leak within a year after purchase.  I have 2 leaky $150 Rowenta's at home now.  I'm sure I can "mail" them off for repair, however, I'm not sure if it is worth it by the time I pay for shipping & parts.  Does anyone have experience with Rowenta repair?

  4. HelgaPataki | | #7

    If you have a vacuum feature it can suck in the steam from the steam tank and give you really positive results immediately.  is that what is meant by dry steam?

    1. jane4878 | | #8

      "dry" steam

      I'm thinking by dry steam--they may mean true steam (water that is in the gaseous state), most "steam" from irons is actually a very hot water mist. 


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