According to the web site, the regular price of the iron is $300, and
they'll throw in shipping and an instruction DVD "for free". That
must be a heck of an iron to justify such a price! To purchase just
the DVD is $19.95. I own a regular size and weight GE steam iron and
a light weight Black and Decker steam iron, each of which I paid less
that $30 for, and they both work beautifully. A couple of years ago I
accidentally dropped an iron and it never worked again, but as
disgusted as I was at myself for killing an iron, I would be
devastated if I dropped such an expensive iron! Frankly, I can't
imagine an iron to be used in a home costing what they charge or
justifying such a price! And remember that at the moment, the
exchange rate between dollars and Euros is such extremely poor from
the dollar side.
I purchased one of these a couple of years ago after seeing it demo'd
at both a home show and quilt show. I really like it - generates LOTS
of steam (I know - not SUPPOSED to use steam quilting - but there's no
quilt police, right?). Not sure that I like it dry but then, I really
don't like ANY dry irons. I'm also one of these wacko people that
when going 'out' (work, dinner, etc.) I must be ironed! I iron my
work clothes every AM before dressing. I make DH crazy when we're
going out somewhere. I have also dropped it a a couple of times -
cracked the housing even - and it still works. Do keep in mind you
MUST use distilled water - NOT TAP WATER!
Kim in NJ
Just a small suggestion on the Euro Pro. *Before* I bought one, I'd want to
see the operating / care instructions. I am very fond of the Rowenta irons
that were made in Germany about 3 years ago. Haven't heard anyone pleased
with Rowenta's newest iron. The older Rowenta does demand soaking and
flushing. The time it takes is well worth it (to me). Wonder what Euro Pro
requires? You will want to know.
Recently, a neighbor came over. Quite angry. She said, "Pardon me, but
I need an iron that's not a sissy". She filled my Rowenta and pressed a
quilt top she'd just made. The quilt top was, indeed, a sorry sight with
the seams sort of leaning to the side but certainly not pressed flat and
pretty like the Rowenta can do.
Yesterday, after I'd only hoped she would for 20 years, my DDIL asked me
to teach her to quilt. Ah yes. When I showed her how to press her seams
and blocks, she said, "My golly, what an iron!".
I'm thinking I'll start checking the thrift stores for abandoned older
Rowentas. I'm betting there will be one or two whose owner didn't read the
manual or didn't want to be bothered. I'll close this with something I read
Some times you just have to take the bull by the horns and make
I'm the poster who probably whines and gripes about irons the most.
After the leaky
Rowenta saga I'm back using the circa 1973 Sears iron.
If I can make a suggestion, I think I'd make sure they have a liberal
return policy. That
way you can be comfortable spending that kind of money to assure you
Here's my plan. (I envy your choice, I just can't afford it)....I'm
going to Wal Mart, the store
I love to hate, and starting with the Shark, gonna work my way down to
the Black and Decker.
The ONE thing nice I can say about Wal Mart is, it's very easy to
return a product you don't like.
It can be done Polly. I have a Rowenta that came from the thrift store.
It is not one of the really expensive ones but is older.
In the meantime you might find some other fun stuff while you are on the
hunt! There are a couple of older little travel irons that get really
hot and are good for using while piecing. You might watch for those too.
I use a travel iron for my 'beside my sewing, ironing as I piece' iron.
It is just fine.
In message , Butterflywings
>Travel irons? Are they lightweight? Are they good for the quick LIL seams?
>How big are they?
>What am I looking for?
>Butterfly (Not ALL hotels have irons for the last pesky wrinkle from the >suitcase)
I compromise, Steph!
As I go along, I press with a dry iron. When I'm sure all is as right
as it's going to get, I will use steam.
I fear doing a virtually permanent press that would show up if I had to
re-do something. Dry pressing creases can be removed by steam pressing.
>Why are you not supposed to do steam ironing? Good thing there are no
>quilt police - I'd have been busted - no one told me! :)
Steph, that's a never to be resolved issue here. Well, not really an
'issue'. Some of us do, some of us don't. I wouldn't if I were creating
with strange triangles or diamond shapes; the steam could cause a warp that
would give you a nasty surprise in the final outcome. I'm a steamer. Suit
"Steph" Why are you not supposed to do steam ironing? Good thing
there are no
I have a Euro-pro Steam Generator Iron and it really puts out the
steam. While not the exact model you mentioned, I think it beats the
pants off of any currently offered Rowenta made. I would buy another
Euro-Pro in a minute.
Small and lightweight. I like the old GE ones. They get hot and are
handy to have. HEre is one on Ebay #220210843558
Several guild friends have the new Rowenta travel irons
and like them a lot. I don't know about those personally.
I haven't visited the website yet, but I can't imagine why you would
need an instructional video for an iron.
On Thu, 13 Mar 2008 05:41:30 -0700 (PDT), Mary