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Useful: The best irons for sewing

Sewing  |  September 1st 2011  |  0 Comment
Well this is for the ladies who wanted to know what iron I use and recommend… I started to reply in a comment on my previous post about ironing & pressing, but it got, well, rather long. So I thought it might be better to write a post instead!I think deciding on what iron to buy is almost as important as what sewing machine to buy… but honestly you don’t need to buy the most expensive one to get great quality. As with anything, just because something has a large price tag doesn’t mean that the quality is the best.

When I went shopping for a new iron I did a lot of research, & originally I wanted a Rowenta. Mostly because they’re made in Germany, and I’m a massive fan of German engineering. Plus they’re expensive and so of course seemed like ironing heaven. However after looking into it though I found that many people had been unhappy with theirs shortly after purchasing, for a number of reasons, but mainly because it either stopped heating up well or plastic parts broke. That really worried me. I don’t mind spending money on something good quality, but it has to actually be good quality!

So, I widened my view & went to my favourite sources for reviews

  1. Consumer reports
    I love consumer reports. They are unbiased and rate items purely on performance. Funnily enough, I’ve found that the most expensive items are rarely the most highly rated!! Based on their extensive testing & consumer questioning, they rated the Black & Decker D2030 the highest, and the two most popular Rowenta models 3rd and 4th. So I moved on to my next decision making criteria…
  2. Amazon
    I looked up some Rowenta irons & the Black & Decker iron on Amazon. Now don’t get me wrong, the Rowenta irons were still really well rated by customer reviews, but the Black & Decker was just rated so much better. Plus after reading the reviews I found that a lot of experienced sewers were in love with it, and that many more people had reviewed it than any Rowenta irons (and if you have done as much statistics as I have, you know that the larger the set of data is the more reliable it is).
  3. Google – No link here… you know what google is!
    I just googled the two irons, and had a look at random websites reviews of them. I didn’t weight these as highly in my decision making, but same thing. People loved their Rowenta’s but they did tend to be a little disappointed with the quality compared to price, and there seemed to be a lot of complaints about them being really heavy. And as before, people loved their Black & Deckers.
So in the end I finally decided on the Black & Decker D2030. And it’s a fantastic iron. I’m so happy with it, and one day when it does finally wear out, I’ll be getting another just like it. I really love it’s features:
  1. It’s lightweight, so your arm isn’t dead after a lot of use
  2. It has a stainless sole plate, which makes it easier to clean
  3. It doesn’t hiss or spit
  4. Has a nice & powerful steam shot/burst of steam when you need it
  5. And it gets beautifully, super hot, and quickly
So after all that, I recommend the Black & Decker D2030. It has all the features you will need, it’s reliable and it’s affordable, priced betwen $30-$50. My second choice would be a Rowenta, you are still going to get a really great iron, but they do seem to come with their own set of problems, plus they tend to start at $100, so perhaps the price doesn’t really match the quality.So there’s my two cents! Of course this is just my opinion, and I’m sure there are many many people who will disagree with me, and if you are one of them and are a total Rowenta die-hard, I’d like to apologise in advance for bad mouthing your much loved iron!

Useful: The best irons for sewing

Source: @blog.megannielsen.com