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supercilious

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Irons
« on: July 25, 2020, 03:34:51 PM »
After years of heartbreak caused by leaky gravity irons, I have resorted to using cheap home irons with temperature adjustment and a spray bottle or paintbrush to wet the fabric.

I am building my new studio set up and have decided to invest in an iron-- and have seen mentions of dry heavy (internal boiler?) tailors irons-- I'm hoping to get more info about these tools-- and if they are versatile. My hope is to have something that will work best with light to midweight woolens and silk and available to use on heavier stuff or synthetics on rarer occasion. Where to start looking?

Thanks

tom bennett

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Re: Irons
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2020, 08:19:16 PM »
Personally I just use a heavy dry iron with either a dauber, spray bottle, brush, or finger to wet the cloth. I have a domestic dry iron I use for linings.
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Re: Irons
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2020, 12:29:38 AM »
I have an italian iron
https://www.bieffeitalia.it/ferro-da-stiro-stir-vapor-bf054/
best brand I had till now. Normal water is used.
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Re: Irons
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2020, 04:45:23 AM »

I have one of those... Love it. But they did tell me to use water-softener, however. I know it sounds like something from Monty Python but the stuff is called "didecyldimenthylammoniumchloride". Needless to say the label says "keep away from children". I use about a coffee spoon per kettle.

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Re: Irons
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2020, 01:25:10 AM »

I have one of those... Love it. But they did tell me to use water-softener, however. I know it sounds like something from Monty Python but the stuff is called "didecyldimenthylammoniumchloride". Needless to say the label says "keep away from children". I use about a coffee spoon per kettle.

Just use demineralised or distilled water saves the hassle. Yes that is the make of my heavy dry iron.
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Re: Irons
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2020, 02:22:12 PM »
I do the same as Tom,0,39 euro cent per liter at the local supermarket. My teacher used carbattery water wich she got from her sons garage. But it's more expensive.

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Re: Irons
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2020, 02:21:50 AM »
With some irons there is a remark that you should not fill in distilled water. The iron would spit otherwise.  Who knows??
In the italian brand there is build in a cupper kettle. I decalc (word?) mine  3 monthly with vinegar. Had a bit wear and tear at the braided coating of the hose. Something I could repair myself. And I can get each spare part if reps are necessary.  Mine runs some years now without
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Re: Irons
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2020, 08:08:58 PM »
Well I never knew that little tidbit of information about distilled water, I'll have to look in to that. Thanks.
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