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rothko
« on: January 04, 2007 11:29:38 AM »

does anyone have any suggestions for a craft iron? or do you just use a small travel iron? i need one without holes. searching for "craft iron" doesn't turn up very many results.

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2007 02:01:47 PM »

Here are some that I find interesting. I do not own the first one.

http://allstitch.net/s_mini_crafting_iron.html

I do have these two.  I prefer the first one over the second.

http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?prod_id=651&criteria=iron

http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?prod_id=664&criteria=iron

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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2007 06:08:47 PM »

I don't know what you plan to use it for, but I've found a flat-iron (for hair) useful in craft projects.  You can't iron anything on a flat surface, but it worked great when I needed to crease small pieces of fabric. 
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Deirdre
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2007 08:50:16 AM »

My Kenmore iron, which I've had for about three years and I love, just stopped working last night.  It gave off an electric smell then nothing.

So, any suggestions for a new iron?  It has to be heavy.  I would go buy another Kenmore, but I was wondering if there are better options.

I was thinking of getting the Rowenta 890 from Target ($100).

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2007 03:49:26 PM »

My dad was going to get a rowenta. He said that he prefers a rowenta to any other iron. He ended up buying a Sunbeam with the retractable cord, being we couldn't seem to find a rowenta. ( If you were wondering my dad used to sew, but has since passed Sewing down to me) Anyways... the rowenta 890 seems like it is a good iron.
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2007 10:36:50 PM »

That was actually the iron I have been thinking about buying.  Although I went to Target.com, and it seems there are four people giving reviews that their iron broke in less then a year. 
http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/ref=cm_reviews_dp_seemore/601-7064096-4148923?ie=UTF8&coliid=&frombrowse=1&alt%5Fview=custReviews&asin=B00080LCH2#R126WRZXKA4K7Q

so, I don't know, I think I'm going to research it a little longer.  Let me know what you decide!
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Deirdre
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2007 05:50:13 AM »

Wow, good to know.  I loved my Kenmore so much.  I bought a Black and Decker yesterday from WalMart but I think I might also get a new Kenmore, just to have two because I sew so much.

The Black and Decker isn't as heavy but it does get very hot (1400 watts).  The Kenmore was 1700 watts but I did have trouble with the steam spitting out all over the place and sometimes burning my hand.  The steam control didn't seem to work well.

So I also bought a spray bottle so I won't be using steam from the iron any more.

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sunsethj
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2007 06:33:52 PM »

I went to Joanns and bought the Rowenta Effective ($70) and used my 40% off coupon and got a great deal. I love it!
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Deirdre
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2007 05:45:05 AM »

That is an awesome idea -- thanks!

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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2007 08:36:54 PM »

Hi.  Don't know if you're still looking, but I highly highly recomend is the Black and Decker Digital Advantage, from Target (link below)

The steam on it is great.  I was recently borrowing a friend's aunt's Rowenta -- not sure which one -- and whenever I pressed steam on it, the steam would come out right under the handle.  I would constantly be moving my hand away cause it got way too hot.

The Black and Decker I have now was recomended to me by my sewing teacher.  The classrooms are all stocked with this iron so I figured that it had to be good.  Once she made that recomendation in class, probably half of us rushed out to get one and I haven't heard any bad reviews about it yet.

It's fairly heavy and powerful.  Cons: I'm not too fond of the digital feature, but it's actually quite handy.  It beeps loudly when it's warmed up.  I wish the cord was retractable.  I was thinking of getting an iron pad so that I could leave it sitting horizontally, but when you leave it like that, it leaks.

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/ref=br_1_1/602-9712041-0843860?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&asin=B0000AFQ5U
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