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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/30 and a lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today, enter to win a Rowenta® Pressure Iron & Steamer!

The Rowenta® Pressure Iron & Steamer introduces a new way to achieve professional, quality results at home quickly and conveniently. The harmonious design dramatically reduces your ironing time, and delivers dry cleaner freshness without dry cleaner costs.

By simply pressing the trigger on the iron, 1 1/2 hours of continuous high-powered steam penetrates quickly and deeply into fabric for wrinkle-free beauty and freshness in just seconds. Additionally, the highly polished soleplate effortlessly presses in crisp creases and pleats.

The compact base provides a convenient, ergonomic place to safely rest the iron when not in use. The extra-large water tank holds 33 ounces of regular tap water. The extra long power cord and the 6-foot steam hose enable use virtually anywhere in the home – drapes, curtains and more can easily be reached and steamed in addition to any ironing done at the board.

1750 watts of power provides the steam you need at for professional results.

The Rowenta® Pressure Iron & Steamer is available at major department stores and fine retailers.

Visit us at www.rowentausa.com

To enter, just leave your comment answering this questions by noon EST 12/30:
How often do you use your iron when working on your projects? What is the most important feature that you love or wish your iron had?

We want to congratulate wzrdreams on winning yesterday’s Feature in Living Creatively Online Monthly Magazine! Her comment was chosen at random from all eligible entries. Thanks to everyone who entered and good luck in today’s giveaway

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    Jan 10, 2010, 10.01 AMby bubbley74

    My ever faithful just gave up on me yesterday i couldn’t believe it .I have had so many good times with that iron, i went straight out and bought the same make but the next model up .have you seen the prices on the steam generators i nearly fainted.I only paid half for my old one of what i paid for this one.Hope this one lasts the hammering i am going to be giveing it Bubbley74.

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    Jan 5, 2010, 07.26 PMby simcakes

    Any recommendations for a small, very portable ironing board? My space is limited and the boards I’ve come across are still clunky and not too table friendly… or a suitable alternative for something to iron on?

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    Jan 5, 2010, 11.40 AMby miss-venflon

    i used mine very often-now im learnig how to sew patchworks so its in use all the time.I need big pressure of steam in mine.

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    Jan 4, 2010, 07.50 PMby kim2007

    I always use my iron when working on my projects. The most important thing for me is smooth and quick handling.

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    Jan 4, 2010, 10.00 AMby hepatica

    How often I use an iron for a project depends what I’m making and the fabric being used. Sometimes very little pressing is required but for heavier material and a tailired design I will press seams open at every stage and ‘settle down’ colars and reveres with the iron as I go. My grandmather had two irons, the features of which would be useful. hers were heated on the stove but an electrical version should be possible. One was a very thin pointed one and the other was called a ‘polising iron’ and had a rounded shapeat the back like part of a ball. (It was intended for polishing collars!) but would be useful for pressing without stretching or distorting. Hepatica

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    Jan 4, 2010, 06.02 AMby rito

    ironing is an essential part of any sewing project.i always iron my fabric thoroughly at the beginning.darts also are ironed properly on a tailors ham.tailored garments need lots and lots of ironing and steaming, so a good hand mitt, curve board ,seam roll,ham and of course a fabulous steam iron are a must.i only wish i could find an iron that would auto adjust its temperature according to the base fabric and i wouldnt have to keep on turning the dial.invariably end up burning polyester because i forgot to adjust the temperature

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    Jan 3, 2010, 06.27 PMby roseridgecreations

    I use my iron all day, every day. I REALLY wish I could use regular tap water with it. Mine requires spring water and I am constantly running out and having to run to the store for some. It would be heaven not to have to do that!

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    Jan 2, 2010, 03.36 PMby conniereed

    My Iron is in constant use when I sew, I have learned it is indespensible in creating a professional item, it is the difference between making something that turns out as it should or something that ends up less than desired. My iron is quite basic, any extra features would be nice!

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    Jan 1, 2010, 11.13 PMby mhomecookin

    Oh, wow, my Iron is absolutely essential! A big part of the sewing process is pressing things into place. My iron is always on and I use my ironing board as a sewing table. Steam is important, and I wish I could always have it at the exact temp that I need instantly. It would be nice if the steam didn’t go past the end of the iron so my fingers would be cooler.

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    Jan 1, 2010, 10.23 PMby kikigos

    I use my iron to press the pre-washed material, to press pattern pieces, to press seams open or to one side, to attach fusible interfacing, to press facings in, to press hems and cuffs up, and to steam-press the finished product after it has hung for a couple of days. The features I value most in an iron are plenty of steam on demand and a very finely aimed mister.

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    Jan 1, 2010, 06.15 PMby lhb123

    Auto shut-off, but I wish my iron had no cord, like a cordless drill. I use my iron all the time while sewing, it is an asset. If I iron, it makes the seam lines accurate.

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    Jan 1, 2010, 04.45 PMby mcjulie-o

    I use my iron practically every time I sew a seam…. I wish that it had a smoother steam, and didn’t occasionally “spit”.

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    Jan 1, 2010, 04.34 PMby brookaloo

    Press! Press! Press! My mom taught me the importance of always having my iron warmed up and ready to go. I think my current iron is about 20 years old, has one temp setting, no steam, is covered in sticky stuff, well loved, but not the most practical. I would appreciate any iron with modern features and presses in a SNAP*!

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    Jan 1, 2010, 03.13 PMby jpbleazard

    I use my iron far too often because it takes SO long to press things! Although I would LOVE an iron that pressed faster, the feature I really want most is a safe resting place for it when not in use during projects because I’ve got two little toddlers running around my house.

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    Jan 1, 2010, 02.26 PMby koh

    My iron stays on throughout an entire sewing session – i iron before and after almost every line of stitching. I really wish i had an iron that could navigate all those really awkward bits and i find one with an auto-turn-off really handy too.

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    Jan 1, 2010, 04.20 AMby dwilson6755

    I use my iron constantly through out my sewing project! My favorite part is that it shuts off after I haven’t used it for 5 minutes! That is about all that is great about it at this point! LOL!

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    Jan 1, 2010, 01.05 AMby smitty01

    I use my iron on every single project that I do. Unfortunately it is a cheep iron that has no bells and whistles I wish my iron had all the features that this one has .

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    Jan 1, 2010, 12.38 AMby patache

    I use my iron what seems like every 10 minutes when sewing. I wish my iron was hotter and stayed on and had a bigger water reservoir. I get so made at my automatic shut off iron. Just as I get a bunch of seams sewn and am ready to press, I can hear it clicking off. Then I have to get up and run over to the iron and tip it over and back up to get it to turn back on. I would LOVE a new iron.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 09.21 PMby teachny

    Ironing is an essential part of my sewing for a crisp, professional look. My iron is an old one that often leaks. I wish it had a shut off and better steaming.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 08.54 PMby buzzybee

    I have an old no steam iron. It is a hand me down from a friend from East Germany. I have never bothered to upgrade since it is fairly small profile and fits into small cupboards nicely. What I most like about it, which more modern irons don’t seem to have is really sharp tip. But a fancy steam iron would probably make things a bit easier. at the moment I have to spray with a spray bottle all the time. What I find quite important: the iron has to be stable enough not to tip over when I stand it up temporarily and the cable has to bend back easily and be flexible enough to bend away when touched so that the iron doesn’t tip over. I prefer it if the iron has some weight to it. Some of the really light weight ones just tip over far to easily!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 08.12 PMby rilo

    Most projects, I have my iron and ironing board right next to my sewing machine table. The features most important to me in an iron are a good hot tip and smooth soleplate. If the tip is hot and can get into the little places I need to, it’s a fabulous help in making sure that my project is going to turn out great. And if the soleplate is smooth and polished it makes the iron feel a lot more lightweight. On big projects, a strong heavy iron that doesn’t wear my wrist out is a huge deal. A couple of times I’ve had to travel with my sewing machine, but left the iron at home and had to finger press seams. I noticed a big difference in the quality of the finished garment when I didn’t have my iron.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.45 PMby 1272yuba

    I always keep my ironing board and iron set up when I sew. Seams need to be pressed as you go along, to help give your projects a professional look. I wish my iron didn’t leak.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 05.16 PMby cher1971

    I use my iron constantly when sewing. It is as important as my sewing machine. I wish my iron didn’t have a rest mode since I have to wait if it has been more than 5 minutes since I last ironed. I’m glad it doesn’t have an automatic cut-off switch. I have an old Rowenta, and I love the amount of steam it gererates.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.10 PMby dragonfly2709

    My iron is just as important as my sewing machine and serger! I leave it on through the process. My one wish was a bit more steam

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.02 PMby emmelou

    I use my iron every time I sew/alter clothing and most definitely when I am quilting.

    A feature I would love to have for my next iron – instant steam.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.58 PMby duc

    My iron is an important part of my creations just like the sewing machine. So an iron is very good to be invested in, it gives repeatedly its price back. What is helpful in an iron is bigger water capacity and suitable shape for each type of clothing.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.55 PMby michellealamaison

    I cant believe how often one must use an iron while sewing. It^s essential. My iron has automatic shutoff, but sometimes I wish it didn^t so that it would be hot every time i come back to it during a project. But, I suppose that^s better than burning down the house because I have forgotten it on several occasions. I have a silicone pad I can place the iron on plate-down to save my wrist, but the steam pours out because the iron is horizontal. So if it knew the difference, that would be great too. Merci de preparer ces concours. La gagnante recevra un beau prix. Michelle

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.31 PMby sewhappygirl

    I use my iron nearyly everytime I get to sew. Feature most important- serious steam!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 11.21 AMby cbutler1467

    I have to have my iron on and at hand whenever I’m sewing – how could anyone sew without constantly ironing seams, darts, hems, etc.? It’s nice that my iron automatically shuts off when it hasn’t been used for awhile (otherwise, I might very well start a fire!), but if there was a setting for how long it should stay on, or a warning sound that it was about to turn off, that would be a great benefit.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 10.01 AMby avalulu

    I use my iron for all my projects, so basically all the time. The most important feature would be heat up time….i am too impatient to wait for it to heat up.

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