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Old 04-17-2011, 12:35 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Default Steam iron with NO Auto Shutoff?

I'm not sure where to post this, but I've had it with irons. I want an old fashioned iron that just gets hot and does not shut off every couple of minutes while I'm ironing. I do not even care if it has steam or not. I'll go back to the old sprinkler bottle method, if I have to.
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Safety standards have dictated the auto-shutoff if the iron doesn't move for a preset amount of time. Apparently, too many folks were forgetful and burned their clothes (or their house) by leaving it on.

Best bet - find one at a thrift store. The three I have came from there ... two Rowentas that are old enough to still be made in Germany, and a GE that is old enough to be Made in USA.
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA
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Craigslist, thrift stores and garage sales will probably be your best bet!
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:51 PM
 
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a museum?
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Oakland CA
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I'm not sure where to post this, but I've had it with irons. I want an old fashioned iron that just gets hot and does not shut off every couple of minutes while I'm ironing. I do not even care if it has steam or not. I'll go back to the old sprinkler bottle method, if I have to.
I find the sprinkler bottle far superior. I don't think you will find an new iron without an auto shut off. I have an older iron (about 20 years old) as a spare and it has auto shut off. It's a pain for me, because I quilt, and often it's sew, press, sew, press.... and at some point the iron goes off.

But those minutes I wait for the iron to reheat I stretch and flex a bit....
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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well you can always get one here

old vintage antique cast iron windmill weight Wagner Griswold cookware tractor implement seat pump tongs

busta
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:55 AM
 
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I'm not sure where to post this, but I've had it with irons. I want an old fashioned iron that just gets hot and does not shut off every couple of minutes while I'm ironing. I do not even care if it has steam or not. I'll go back to the old sprinkler bottle method, if I have to.
I hear you! I can't stand auto shut off. It seems to shut off while I'm actually moving the iron. I'm constantly having to unplug it and replug it to get it to reheat. I believe the more expensive models aren't as tempermental though. I know this because my girlfriend has an amazing Rowenta iron. I'm tempted to get one but I rarely iron---probably because it's annoying due to the auto shut off. It's a viscious cycle. LOL

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I find the sprinkler bottle far superior.
Absolutely!
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:39 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I thought it was auto shutoff regardless of what you're doing. That's the way ones I've used behave anyway...

Go with an older one. I don't know anyone who went out and bought a new iron because theirs broke. Mine was just an extra handed down when I moved out and it can't be any newer than 45 years old or so. It works great, makes steam and the chrome is still shiny.
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:57 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Ha! I'm shooting for something in between.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Oakland CA
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I hear you! I can't stand auto shut off. It seems to shut off while I'm actually moving the iron. I'm constantly having to unplug it and replug it to get it to reheat. I believe the more expensive models aren't as tempermental though. I know this because my girlfriend has an amazing Rowenta iron. I'm tempted to get one but I rarely iron---probably because it's annoying due to the auto shut off. It's a viscious cycle. LOL


Absolutely!
I won a $100 gift certificate to Macy's somewhere and couldn't find a thing there (I have a really bad thing with shopping... it's almost a mental illness -- I hate it unless I'm buying fabric).

My iron was acting up and I had dropped it yet again (actually the cats use the ironing board as a leaping off point and BANG, there goes the iron) and I had just heard all about this wonderful iron from Maytag and it was an Oprah favorite thing.... so I bought it.

I LOVE IT. It's cordless, so I can iron yardages easily. With the type of pressing I do, it's actually to my advantage that I have to put it back on the cradle to reheat, because I press seams in small areas. But it doesn't seem to cool easily.

It's got a titanium soleplate, which seems to shed any stray adhesive or gunk.... it just rolls off....
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