My most recent iron is less than two years old and is already leaking and having
issues with the steam (it only works sporadically), so I was very excited to get the email from Megan asking if I was interested in trying out the new Reliable Velocity 200IR Compact Vapor Generator Iron.
This iron is a brand new product release and has fantastic features for quilters. I began by reading all of the directions thoroughly, purchased some distilled water and was ready to try it out with my Saturday sewing!
The iron is very easy to operate: there is a good power cord with plenty of length; the iron is comfortable to hold with ergonomic weight distribution; the on/off/temperature selection feature is easy to use, and the steam settings are easy to use.
There are two steam settings, medium and high, and the medium provides wonderful steam without being too little or too much. When you want extra steam, the high setting is absolutely perfect (I pressed some fat quarters that had been folded for a while with the high steam, and they pressed beautifully).
For my test ironing, I worked on a couple of 6" finished blocks made up of several small pieces. Having a quality iron is important with all quilting, but you can really see the difference between a good iron and a poor one when working with smaller pieces.
I'm happy to say this iron worked beautifully in pressing these small pieces. It was at this point that I realized how poorly my previous iron had been performing.
The sole plate on this iron is smooth as silk, and it was especially easy to press out the corner triangle pieces for the block.
This iron also has a terrific auto shut-off by pass feature. I was really interested in this feature because as a quilter I want my iron to be ready when I need it! It was easy to activate the feature, and it resets back to normal operation when you turn off the iron. When the auto shut-off feature isn't activated, the iron will shut off after 8 minutes.
I'm absolutely delighted with my new iron. I immediately noticed a difference in my quilt blocks with such wonderful heat and steam features available to use.
I might even have to do some real ironing (iron clothes) to get to play with this a little more!
The new Reliable Velocity 200IR Compact Vapor Generator Iron debuts today! If you're in the market for a new iron, I highly recommend this one!
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