Monday, November 5, 2012

Grrrrrrrr...

I am not happy!  The Reliable (ha!) V100 iron I purchased in July of 2011 has died an ignominious death at only 16 months of age.  The heating element went kaput.  This happened on Friday morning after my 20 year old serger forgot how to be tense.  I messed with it for over an hour trying to get the tension reset.  I guess there is a burr on a looper or something.  I took it in to B-Sew Inn for servicing and problem detection and brought home a Babylock Eclipse sx to use while I wait for the old one to be fixed.  So I start sewing away and go to use the iron and I'm wondering why it's taking so long to heat up.  I finally figured out it had given up the ghost.  Sigh.  Friday was not a good day for me.  I am now using my backup; a Rowenta that has a leaky tank.  So I have heat but no steam.

Sooooo, anyone have a good iron to suggest that may last more than a mere 16 months?

Later!

8 comments:

  1. Cast iron, heated over an open flame ;-)

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  2. My sympathies. I have only heard good things about the Reliable iron. No real suggestions except to think about BIG $$ on a Laura Star system with a vaccuum board. I do not have one, but have heard many good things.
    Let us know what you finally decide.

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  3. No. They are basically all crap! I buy a Rowenta every year, and just figure that's what I have to do. Sigh.

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  4. I'm sorry yours is conking out on you! I have two, well, one is my daughters, but does SHE ever use it? no.

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  5. Ditto on gwensews comment. I love using my Rowenta but am really disgusted I'm lucky to get 14-16 months use before it dies. It seems that the auto makers "built-in obsolesence" has taken over all manufacturing.

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  6. Well I took Gwens advice. LOL. Went out and bought a cheap Black & Decker. If I have to buy an iron a year, I'm not putting out a lot of dough.

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  7. Gravity feed iron, it's a pain to find a convenient place for it but they last and when the rubber finally wears out you can have it replaced.

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  8. I agree with the others that better to buy cheap if you have to buy often - I am too frightened to think how long I have had my steam generator iron in case its getting close to the "I'll not work again stage". Good luck.

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