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#19 Schneiderfrei

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 08:06 AM

Yes, thank you SG, I have coveted that one for quite a while :)


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Posted 29 May 2016 - 05:34 AM

The best I have seen with a professional steam iron is one that has a remote steam source and is connected to the iron hand piece by a couple of hoses. It has the grunt, heat reserve and had a teflon base cover so you did not glaze the fabric being ironed. The heavy irons may be cute and traditional but if you want the performance and capacity to leave it on all day, the remote steam source types are the way to go.



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Posted 31 May 2016 - 01:21 AM

Blimey I wouldn't leave my iron all day. The steam chamber thing I have only takes 5 minutes to heat up with a full tank and that's enough time to get everything ready for pressing. It goes off when I'm done.

 

I think the trick is to do all the 'ironing' in larger batches using that iron. The smaller things (like opening a seam and the bits and pieces you need when making pockets) can be done with a dry iron or just a household iron. The latter doesn't under-perform on today's thin cloths. Maybe there is the issue of it being a little damp, but it's a minor problem. There's no way on earth I'm going to fork out for a vacuum table just for that.


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Posted 31 May 2016 - 11:33 AM

I have an old Sheldon boiler system and two different iron heads, heavy and heavier that I can change out if the need arises. The iron heads have a temperature control, and are connected to the boiler with steam hoses.
Once it is filled, it takes a little while to come up to pressure, (30psi) but can stay on all day 8-10 hours as long as the water level doesn't go down too low, which depends on how much pressing is done.
The downside is if the heating element goes, I don,t think anyone will fix it for me. Fingers crossed!

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 10:27 PM

Thank you both. I dont need to worry about the iron heads as I already have two that I like and will just put one of those on. Being a girl, I have girl hands, big strong girl ones.

It sounds like there are no red flags about the brands or makes, which is good.

5 litres should be about right for me on most days, with the odd exception however 3 litres would not.

The Turkish ones are interesting. I would rather pay £50 more and have a shop that I can call for after sales service should I need. This is after the last month of trying to repair the old one and having such difficulty.

Looks like I have some thinking to do.



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Posted 09 January 2017 - 10:31 PM

Hello Kerry
I know this is years later but I would definitely like to know what system you settled on and are using today. I am trying to decide on a system and could do with a strong recommendation.
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Posted 24 April 2018 - 04:14 PM

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 05:20 AM

Davismiller - did you write the review?

Its for home quality ironing and steaming - not professional.

And of the 6 "must have features" only one is real - adjustable steam. Of the other 5, most are pure 100% B.S. (If you are not American, the "B" stands for Bull....figure out the rest.)

There are many good basic home models on the market - none mentioned here. I was a GE/ Black and Decker user for many years, but like most companies these days - quality has slipped into the crapper.

If anyone can recommend currently manufactured professional equipment, I am certain the information would be appreciated.

And....Am I the only person wondering WTF an "iron lock" is? Just wondering. I'm confident I don't actually need one....

Not trying to be mean spirited, the info just wasn't relevant.
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Posted 28 April 2018 - 10:07 PM

I've just bought a 3kg MiniLemm iron from Danor Engineering in the UK - lovely bit of kit.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 06:55 PM

SPOOKIETOO: davismiller is pretty obviously a spambot. I very much doubt you're going have much luck engaging it in conversation.

 

Ingn2: thanks for the pointer to Danor Engineering... I've been toying with the idea of buying a pro iron, but they're pretty hard to find if you don't know where to look.


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Posted 04 May 2018 - 05:49 AM

Dunc - yeah, I know. But Ingn2 did bring some new info to the fore front.

So far, not facing time constraints, home versions are suiting me fine.

But, I've always got my eyes open in the thrift stores....never know what pops up!
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Posted 05 May 2018 - 01:29 AM

SPOOKIETOO: davismiller is pretty obviously a spambot. I very much doubt you're going have much luck engaging it in conversation.

 

Ingn2: thanks for the pointer to Danor Engineering... I've been toying with the idea of buying a pro iron, but they're pretty hard to find if you don't know where to look.

A pleasure. I was pointed in their direction by the team leading the coat-making class I've been doing in London recently.


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 06:17 PM

My expert report which steam iron is the best in the market. they find it. Every site I have read it and analytics for the steam iron. In my opinion, Rowenta iron is the best steam iron. You can research it.



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 01:58 AM

Rowenta irons are house hold items.  Not industrial. Bought one for my mom and it leaks lots of water (which adds to the work). She didn't like it either. 

Brother bought a brand I never heard of at Walmart, and it works so much better. Don't know the name. And who knows where it is at to look. 


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Posted 10 May 2018 - 05:26 AM

Had a feeling dm wasn't a bot.

Bought my $39.95 Shark at Walmart 10+ years ago. Still love it. Sis' Rowenta leaks like a sieve. Much newer. Mom's older Rowenta still going strong, but I find the design awkward. Perhaps Sis' leaks as its so rarely used.:-)

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 08:13 PM

I stand corrected.



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Posted 02 January 2019 - 10:17 AM

I have to say I really toyed with the idea of buying a gravity-feed iron. It's not easy to buy tailoring equipment at the best of times in NL so it means purchasing from the net and taking chances.

It happens I had the chance to try out a 'Silver Star' gravity iron from some guy who has purchased a large number from Alibaba for resale. You can get these and similar ones here on Amazon for around $100, but I'd seen some bad reviews about the water container leaking and the pipes being inflexible plastic. Anyway, it looked nice and at least the cord and voltage was correct for a start. The pipe from the water tank was indeed a bit rubbish and I had to work out how to suspend the tank by means of improvisation. The iron was 6 or 8 lbs.

 

They do what everyone here says they do, but on the whole I'm glad I didn't buy one. I only tried it out for two weeks, but I found it a bother more than a help. I can imagine someone who runs a larger operation, and requires efficient speed, benefiting from one of these, but I don't need one. A spray bottle, water dauber and the two dry irons I have are really less hassle and they do the job.

 

I think it pays to assess your needs before desiring costly 'pro tools'.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:22 AM

I am inclined to agree with Henry on this one. I too have a industrial iron, mines a 12lb Dowsing from my Savile Row days.

Since I have started teaching online I want to show my students that you don't need expensive equipment to make nice clothing.

I use domestic irons now and never switch on my Dowsings. They are very heavy, and will burn me or the cloth if I am not careful.

A good tip is not to fill with water, like Henry says use either a spray bottle, dauber or even a paint brush to apply water as needed. I also use a cold dry iron for the cooling press.

Think my iron costed 35 I use it for every thing for over two years. No problems.

I shrink trouser in my online trouser making class and press off Waistcoats in my waistcoat making class.

Have seen students make fantastic hand made garments using domestic machines, store bought hams and sleeve boards.

Don't let the quality of your tools prevent you from making clothes, or waste money on fancy tools as they won't necessarily improve the quality of your garments.
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