When I first got the Digital Velocity steam generator iron in September, I told you I’d review it on Thanksgiving Day. It’s this iron:
The reason I waited from September to Thanksgiving for my full review is because I’ve bought too many irons thinking they were great, only to find after using them for a month or so that they were not what I wanted or expected. This iron is not inexpensive, nor is it outrageously expensive for those of us who iron a lot so I wanted to make sure I’d given it a fair workout, as fair as I can in 2 months, before reviewing it.
Here are my thoughts:
Steam – I don’t think I could be any happier with any iron when it comes to steam. When the steam generator button is on . . I’ve steamed the heck out of my fingers a couple of times because it steams like nothing I’ve ever had before. With the steam generator button not on, it’s comparable to any other steam iron that does a good job of steaming.
Heat – It heats up very quickly, and has several (three I think) settings. I always turn it over to maximum for full heat. I’ve noticed no inconsistency in the temperature. Some irons I’ve had seem perfect and after ea few passes across yardage, the iron hardly seems hot at all. This iron seems to stay on the temperature I’ve chosen.
Auto On/Off – Love that I can bypass the auto off feature and it will stay on. When I’m doing a lot of piecing and am back and forth to the ironing board, I love that it’s hot and waiting for me. I have a tendency to wiggle the iron to wake it up, go read email while waiting for it to get hot, spend too much time at the computer, the iron shuts off again and I repeat that cycle several times til I decide to just stand there and wait for it to get hot. If I’m chain piecing and it’s going to be some amount of time before I’m back to the iron, I let the auto off shut itself off and then I find it’s very quick to get hot again.
Leaking – In over 2 months of heavy use, I have not had a drop of water leak from the base of the iron or from the spot where I fill the iron. Sometimes I get a bit too much rhythm going and water comes out the fill hole or I’ll try to use the iron before it’s completely hot and it spits and spews. Not once has this iron spit or leaked.
Weight – It’s heavy! I like a heavy iron and was a bit surprised by how heavy this one really is but I’ve gotten use to it and it doesn’t bother me a bit.
The only drawback for me is that with the steam generator, it uses a LOT of water and I use distilled water in it so I go through a good bit of water but I can’t have steam without water and that’s certainly not anything negative about the iron.
I am 100% pleased with this iron and don’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants a lot of steam, and doesn’t mind a heavy iron. By the way, when I was at a retreat last month, one of the girls there brought this iron. She’s a very prolific quilter and said she’s been using this iron for quite a while and she loves it!
The other thing I was supposed to do on Thanksgiving was change my ironing board cover but since I haven’t remembered to get any fabric for covering it, I may have to wait just a little longer! I use duck cloth and Wal-Mart has it but there’s no way I’m going to Wal-Mart today! No way!!