A little while back I did a post about "A Tale of 3 Irons", which shared my dramatized version of my irons breaking down. At the end of the post I wrote the following:
But we will have to wait and see, Irons and me seem to have very fickle friendships :) If #3 and I don't get along very well I might have to consider looking for a replacement in the Royal Family of Irons. I hear Oliso is quite the Family name of Pressing!
We'll the story picks back up today. Iron #3 was rather disappointing. (Shocker, I know.) Luckily for me, the Good People at Oliso and I got in touch. I learned more about their quilter's iron (the TG1600) and knew I had to try it. So . . . being the amazing company that they are . . . they sent me one so that I could give it a whirl!!!! And may I say . . . I LOVE IT!!! (Sorry to shout, but I really love it that much!)
So, let me tell you a little about my experience with the Oliso TG1600
The full name of this particular is the Oliso Pro Smart Iron with iTouch Technology TG1600. Now, if you were like me, you are wondering what iTouch Technology is on an iron. Well let me show you!!
The iron has 2 scorchguards. (I like to think of them as feet.) You can rest the iron on them like so. It's not touching the fabric so you don't have to worry about it leaving marks.
Now, when you are ready to iron, simply hold the handle and the schorchguards lift allowing you to press.
As soon as you are done, simply let go of the handle and the schorchguards lower automatically lifting the iron and preventing burning or scorching of your fabric.
Yup, you never have to lift your iron up. I can't tell you what a relief this is to my wrist!!!! And, it saves so much time!! I didn't think lifting your iron up and down would use up any measurable amount of time but I really noticed the difference, especially when doing a large pile of pressing. And every bit of time saved pressing is more time for piecing!!!
Another great feature of the Oliso TG1600 is the power (heat and steam) behind this iron. In the past, pressing meant running the iron over the piece several times or standing there with the iron for several seconds. With the Oliso TG1600 it is just a quick zip over the fabric. The heat and auto steam set the seam instantly and with one pass!! Yes, it truly is One Pass Pressing!! (Oh yes, more sewing time there, also)
And, I don't have to iron the right side. This really blew me away. I always flip over my piecing to press the opposite side just to really get a nice crisp seam. But every time I turned over a piece to press the front I found the seam already perfectly crisp. Another huge time saver!!!!
Another favorite thing about the Oliso TG1600 is the detailer tip. Now I am sure this would be great for clothing, but let's get real, when was the last time I ever ironed clothing. And this is a quilter's iron, and I tell you it is fabulous for pressing seams open!!! I get so frustrated pressing seams open when I have to practically finger press the entire seam in order to get it to stay open long enough to get my iron in it. The detailer tip combined with the heat and steam from the TG1600 make finger pressing a thing of the past. Just start at the end of your seam and let the iron do the work. No fingers necessary. Ahhh!!! Love it!!!
The tank on the Oliso TG1600 is a side filling tank. I loved not having to fill my iron at the sink. I could just refil it at the ironing board and continue on. No time wasted.
The Oliso TG1600 also has an anti-drip system that prevents spitting and leaking while the iron is hot. Love it!! Seriously, this is what my old irons have done to my 1 year old ironing board cover. So sad. Now that I know I won't be having any leaking issues I think I best be making a new Ironing Board Cover.
And the last 2 things show how much they had quilters in mind during the design phase. First, A 12" cord with 360 degrees pivot. And if you spin around your ironing board as much as I do you will totally appreciate that. And second, a 30 minute auto off timer!!! Finally!!!!! Doesn't it just drive you nuts when you have been sewing 3 seams and you go back to your iron to find it has shut off!!! No such thing with the TG1600. It waits for you to be ready. (But, it still has auto shut off if it is knocked over, good safety feature!)
I gave it a major first test run pressing this entire pile of piecing.
Into this pile in under 2 hours!!!
So, to sum it up . . . I really, really, really love my Oliso TG1600 and I will never be pressing with anything else!!