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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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    Dec 31, 2009, 09.41 AMby marieand

    I use my Iron several times when I make my sewingprojects. because I sew a lot of dresses its nessesery to make seams nice. the only way is by ironing. i whish that i have good steam and a long cord on my next iron wich is soon to be marie

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    Dec 31, 2009, 05.48 AMby kiowaqtee

    I think the question should be when don’t I use my iron during sewing projects. I spend as much time at the ironing board as I do at the sewing machine. I wish my iron did not AUTO shut off, but it’s hard to find those irons without an auto shut off. I need my iron to stay on and hot. My iron does smooth out wrinkles, but I wish it made clean, crisp lines.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 04.59 AMby jp4u2cme

    I use my iron all the time when working on my projects? The most important feature that I love is the steam.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 04.56 AMby nostrum

    I iron all my projects, but not as much as I should! I always iron my fabric before I get started, but the rest of it gets lumped into one big ironing session, because it takes ages to heat up and is quick to cool down! I would love an iron that was safe to use instead of balancing mine precariously on the edge of the table. There’s no iron holder on my ironing board. I would love something that actually steams, too! Instead of having a little squirt bottle next to me all the time. The only thing more frustrating than a stubborn, wrinkly fabric is a wet stubborn wrinkly fabric!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 04.37 AMby meeluna

    I love french seams!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 04.18 AMby mgmmamma

    I use my iron for every sewing project I have ever done. My current iron has auto shut off, but it is very fast – about 5 minutes of no use. Also my iron doesn’t steam very well and leaks. An iron that has auto shut off of about an hour, and no leakage would be wonderful.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.58 AMby thesixthsister

    I can’t sew without my iron. I have a rowenta but it’s getting old and I feel like it doesn’t get in the corners enough to really get a precise point. It’s amazing to me how much better anything looks when you put a little heat on it.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.50 AMby sewgreenrocks

    I avoid getting out the iron at all costs. It is an old iron I inherited from my grandmother and a paint to get out and heat up. I would love a new heavy duty iron of my own.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.16 AMby nirvana

    I use my iron everytime I am sewing. I love to iron. I like an iron that is ready when I am and is not too heavy. I have long wanted one with a separate steam compartment. I love Rowenta products and would be thrilled to death to win this one.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.16 AMby eorpe

    Always – can’t sew without an iron! Auto-off is essential, and a good steam reservoir and controls are great.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.02 AMby lousylike

    I use my iron for all sewing projects to make them look professional and to get well defined seams and hems. It would be great if I had an iron that didn’t leak and was easier to fill with water, without spilling it everywhere!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.01 AMby ssharwell

    Ironing is an important part of the sewing process. without ironing, the finished product doesn’t look as nice. I wish my iron was better at steaming and had a sprayer on it.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.47 AMby manicmoon

    I use my iron a lot while I’m sewing, but if I need a really crisp seam, I take my projects to my mom’s place and use her iron that has a vacuum board that pulls the steam through…. her iron gets a lot hotter than mine. One thing that I wish my iron had was a steam boost button and a more accurate temperature dial.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.42 AMby eurkavee

    i always need to iron seams and finnishing edges. the cord on my iron is touchy, so you have to place it the right way or it turns off. i wish it had a steaming feature.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.26 AMby simply-serendipity

    I use my iron ALL THE TIME! Every time I sew I use it because it just makes the seams look finished and progressional! Plus, it just makes it easier to continue sewing. It’s an awesome tool and EVERYONE needs one! Although I would LOVE to upgrade mine since it lacks a good steamer setting. It leaks water EVERYWHERE and is pretty horrible when that happens.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.13 AMby dorkasaurus

    I use my iron more for sewing projects than for clothing I’m actually wearing, oddly enough. I wish my iron had a button I could press for steam, instead of steaming constantly and only at certain temp settings. It won’t give me steam if the temp setting is below a certain point. I also wish the “spray” button made it actually spray, instead of shooting out a thin, poorly-aimed stream. I do like how sturdy it is though.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.06 AMby manusca

    I use my iron at each step of every project I make. Besides my sewing machine, the iron is the most important tool in my sewing room. I like an iron with a large resevoir and a lot of steam in order to do the work with as little effort as possible.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.02 AMby gabouetmaya

    Mon fer à repasser m’est indispensable quand je fais de la couture. Je l’utilise pendant et après pour la finition de mes créations. Par contre, ce que j’aimerais le plus si j’avais un nouveau fer à repasser, c’est qu’il produise plus de vapeur (pour les tissus épais) et aussi que le dessous ne colle pas!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 12.28 AMby etoe

    I use my iron all the time while sewing on a project; for some reason I haven’t been using the steam feature but have been using a wet pressing cloth and/or water mister. Reading these posts I’m thinking I’d better start using my steam iron that’s been under utilized. Also, I like a heavier iron rather than a light one.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 12.15 AMby windharper

    I do landscape quilts. So, my iron is a crucial piece of necessary equipment; it is used in everything I make. I do wish that my iron had stronger steam capabilities. To be able to use it on something like hanging drapes would be a dream come true!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 11.52 PMby rosetta-beck

    I use my iron from the time I take the material out of the dryer, to the time I have finished the article. I use it after sewing each seam. to position the seam in the direction I want to sew over it, to crease a hem, to flatten a circle, To me it just makes the difference in a tailored article look to a home made look. If you want the article to look more professional, use the iron. I would like a iron with a larger resivour, and a more controlled steam. (more or less steam). I would also like one that doesn’t spit at me every time I tilt it. I would love this iron. Thanks.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 11.40 PMby sewingelle

    I use my iron for every seam, and I love the steam feature it has

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    Dec 30, 2009, 11.36 PMby srreed

    I use my iron first, before I do anything on the project. If you don’t have a good smooth start, then you are going downhill the rest of the time. Then, I use it again after every seam! I really don’t like the sloppy look that the seams have otherwise! If it isn’t pressed right, the project looks “Homemade” and dowdy. I relish the difference that a good pressing job can give a project. My iron is very awkward and cumbersome and it does not have a good steam function. I long for an iron that can give me that crisp egde and a smooth drape that you can only get with the right tools! My little girl has a devastating illness that has sapped our family finances, so we are not able to buy the equipment that I would love to have!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 11.13 PMby brooklynn

    I use my iron for pretty much every step of the way through sewing. Every seam, I press it out and ensure its going to line up with my pieces… its very important! :) The one feature I wish my iron had was that it was strong enough to get things pressed faster. So basically I wish the iron I had now was hotter. That would be a bonus! Most irons conventional irons just don’t cut the pressing needs and requirements.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 10.55 PMby arkagyina

    I use my iron after every steps taken during the project. It is extremely important and a good machine is necessary for the best results.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 10.17 PMby jamesosews

    I use my iron more than my sewing machine or my serger. I have two irons set up in my sewing studio. One I use for major pressing on the full size board. The other iron I use with a small, toy ironing board that was my sister’s…thirty years ago. That small board, right beside me as I sew, allows me to press as I go, each seam. I’m a big believer in pressing, and pressing, and pressing. It’s the only way to set the stitch, meld the weight of the tread into the garment, and, ultimately, end with a professional looking result. What do I wish for in a iron, over and above what I have. I would say the ability to provide plentiful steam at low heat settings. I would LOVE an iron that doesn’t shut-off automatically. I have everything plugged into power strips which I switch off whenever I’m finished working. The auto shut-off just slows me down.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 10.12 PMby ladyslipper

    I use my iron to press the fabric before cutting out the pattern. I also use it constantly during construction on every seam. I wish my iron did not leak and had a bigger water reservoir.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 09.51 PMby stylinmommy

    I use my iron all the time throughout my projects. My iron does have steam but I wish the steam holes in my iron weren’t all gunky (they are filled with white hard water residue)!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 09.05 PMby clareh

    The iron is an essential part of my sewing projects. I use it all the time!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 08.50 PMby babyrooslings

    I use an iron everyday when I sew. I make baby carriers and parts of the carrier can be very difficult to sew through unless it is pressed very well! I wish my iron had a better steam feature as well, mine is not very efficient unfortunately!

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