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From: MaryW
Date: 09-16-2003, 12:16 PM (1 of 10)
Apparently Maytag has come out with a cordless iron. Has anyone ever tried it or do you own one? I couldn't find out much about it but shows what they look like. How much are they? I couldn't get the form to accept my address to find out where to learn more.
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 09-16-2003, 04:43 PM (2 of 10)
I've never owned a Maytag iron....but I HAVE owned a cordless iron before...I think they're pains in the butt....they don't seem to hold heat very well and you keep having to put them on their charging/heating base and they're kinda big (or they used to be...they may be smaller now...) ::putting my 2 cents in::

prices are $129. and $149
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From: Ann C
Date: 09-16-2003, 06:43 PM (3 of 10)

Judging from what I've heard a lot of people say, I don't think you would like a cordless with an automatic shutoff. If you sew like me, you may be sewing long enough (before needing to press) that it would shut off, then you have to switch it on again and wait for it to heat up again. I've never wanted one based on experience of lots of others who have voiced their complaints loudly, but I'll bow out, since I've never really owned one and can't really speak from experience. Maybe someone who has one and likes it will speak up!
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From: plrlegal
Date: 09-16-2003, 09:59 PM (4 of 10)
Automatic shut-off irons are a pain in the butt when you are sewing and quilting. I have a top of the line Rowenta. It is a very nice iron if you are just doing regular ironing. However, when I'm sewing and have to start it everytime I need to press a seam and wait for it to heat up and if you set it down too soon in the heat up process, you have water from the steam vents all over your fabric. I had an el cheapo sunbeam which finally bit the dust after 9 years. I also have a little $10 travel iron from Walgreens that I use for quilt block seams. If I ever get a chance to purchase another high dollar iron, it will not be one with an auto shut-off on it. Plus, the auto shut-off on my Rowenta has now started malfunctionng and will shut the iron off before it is really hot and you have to unplug it to get it to reset itself. I've been tempted to slam it on the floor a couple of times in recent days. :bang:

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From: Lupie Linda
Date: 09-17-2003, 01:03 AM (5 of 10)
I have been wondering about irons myself lately. Perhaps my questions will also be helpful to you. I have an auto-shut-off iron that drives me crazy when I am sewing. I find that sewing looks so much more professional and washes better afterwards if you iron as you go and really press your seams.

Since I have a good iron that does the regular household ironing and irons the fabrics before I cut them out, etc., would one of those little bitty irons that are for quilting seams work for all of the seam pressing. Could it stay hot for long periods of time without burning out? Otherwise, I am going to Walmart to find some cheap $10-or-less iron that won't shut off.

Thanks, Linda
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From: sewingrandma
Date: 09-17-2003, 06:26 AM (6 of 10)
Linda, I have found that it is getting harder and harder to find an iron that doesn't have an auto shut off. I agree with you, the iron I had with auto shut off drove me up the wall when I was sewing. Finally gave it to DS when he went to college. Had to go to many stores before I found one without auto shut off. Found it at Target and it works great. Great steam too, and the cord is longer than the one I had.
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From: sewserious
Date: 09-17-2003, 06:48 AM (7 of 10)
I have a Rowenta with auto-shut off and I love it. I have no problem with the fact that it shuts off after a while if I am sewing. I have just gotten myself into the habit of 'waking it up' before sewing the last seam before pressing, etc. Auto-shut off has saved my rear a few times when I forgot to turn the iron off.

I have had my iron for over 10 years now and use it daily, both for regular pressing and for sewing. No problems.

As for the steam problems with Rowentas that some people have, the instructions for mine say to empty the iron after every use and put it on cotton/steam setting and use the burst of steam to 'dry' the iron out inside and also to move the steam setting lever back and forth a few times while doing this. I have had no dripping problems at all with mine. It is sometimes a pain in the tail to do this every time I finish with my iron for the day, but it was an expensive tool and I intend to take perfect care of it so it will last a lifetime!
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From: DorothyL
Date: 09-17-2003, 07:50 AM (8 of 10)
I'm with sewserious.
Turning the iron back on and waiting a couple minutes for it to heat up is a lot less of a pain than making my husband go back after we get three blocks from home so I can make sure I unplugged the iron. I used to drive him nuts doing that I always turned it off -- but never could remember doing it.
I press constantly when I sew.
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From: chiloGod
Date: 09-17-2003, 08:02 AM (9 of 10)
Auto turn-off can be a pain when sewing, but for someone like me it can be a lifesaver. Sometimes I can be quite forgetful! So I think that I'd rather waken it up when I'm ready to use it than to go somewhere and wonder if my house is still going to be there when I get back home:bg:
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From: Princessdeni199
Date: 10-11-2003, 06:21 AM (10 of 10)
I bought one last year from HSN(home shopping network) I think I paid around $25 for it. Check them out at
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