I had to tell you all about my new
toy tool. I absolutely love it and I don't know how I have lived without it while sewing. As a sewist, I spend as much time (if not more) pressing as I do at the sewing machine. A good, reliable iron is a must. I decided that it was time for an upgrade. I had been considering for months on getting a gravity feed iron. It's just not fun for me running back and forth to the sink in order to fill an ordinary household iron that only holds around 4 ounces of water.
Product: Consew Silver Star CES-300 Gravity Feed Iron.
- Recessed Thumb Switch For Steam
- Large Heat Shield For Hand
- Water Bottle Included
- Non-Stick Iron Shoe Soleplate Cover Included
- Iron Rest Included
- Bag of Demineralizer included
- U/L approved thermostat
- High quality steam distribution
- Hard anodized aluminum sole plate
- Comfortable urethane handle
- Convenient soft-touch button switch & rotary heat dial
- Heat shield for added protection during long use
- Modern body style - All black
- 120 Volts
- 1000 Watts
- 4.6 lbs
Gravity feed irons work by using a water bottle that holds around 1 gallon of water that is suspended 3 feet (or more) above the iron. It is connected by a silicon hose to let water dribble down to the iron as you press the thumb switch which creates the steam. The iron has an on/off switch. The temperature dial is set to "4" and it takes around 10 minutes to heat up. When not ironing/pressing, the iron ALWAYS sits face down on the silicone iron rest.
DO NOT STAND ON IT'S BACK!!!
Another important thing is the Demineralizer. The demineralizer is poured into the water bottle and settles on the bottom and is used to filter the water. The demineralizer extends the life of the iron and prevents calcium build-up. When the demineralizer changes from blue to brown, it should be replaced. I'm playing it extra safe by using the demineralizer and distilled water.
One thing that should be considered before purchasing this iron is that it's quite heavy. I can really feel it in my shoulder after using it for a while. But the one good thing about this is you don't have to press as hard as you would with a basic iron.
Other things I noticed is that when you are using the iron for a period of time, the handle can get quite warm. Also, I was a little excited to have the iron and noticed that if the thumb switch is pressed vigorously, the iron will "spit". But since the water is filtered and the iron is clean, there is no staining to worry about. I've been using it (a lot) for the last couple of days and I have no complaints.