As modern and traditional quilters and garment sewers, we at Sew What's New prefer to use Oliso Smart Irons for pressing our sewing and quilting projects every day. In the video series above, you can find fun and instructional videos of the Oliso Smart Iron products for sewers and quilters of all skill levels!
The Oliso® TG1600 Pro pictured above, features Oliso's patented iTouch® technology. Simply touch the handle and the iron lowers itself. Once you take your hand away, the patented scorch guards lift the iron from your ironing board surface, preventing scorching, burning, and tipping. The lifters are part of the Oliso Auto-Lift System™ and are made of heat-resistant polymers that stay cool, even when the sole plate is hot. A 30% time savings is a motivating and added benefit to using the Smart Iron's 1800 watts of power. This is a hot iron! The horizontal or vertical bursts of steam also add to this iron's efficiency. The TG1600 Pro features a 30-minute extended auto-shut off for us sewers and quilters. We also get a 12.7 oz side-filling tank (which I must say *IS* very easy to fill), and a beautifully slippy-smooth bead-blast stainless steel sole plate, flat pressing surface, a detailing tip, and a 12-foot cord for a full range of motion while pressing. Our Oliso® TG1600 Pro iron came with a small water cup which fills it quite nicely. Oliso recommends using plain tap water. If you have very hard water, mix ½ tap water with ½ distilled water. Alternatively, bottled drinking water can be used. Oliso recommends NEVER using 100% distilled water with your Oliso Smart Iron, and to empty the water tank between ironing sessions. Oliso states that distilled water is so clean, that it will actually remove minerals from the metals inside the iron, and that causes your iron to leak! The Oliso® TG1600 Pro iron tank holds about 12 ounces of water when filled to the maximum fill line, making refilling less frequent, and that is something I really like because my water source is on another level.
I was so happy with this iron that I was motivated to make myself a new ironing board cover. I also added an additional layer of insulating batting as well as a layer of very stiff fusible bag interfacing in between the two layers of batting, because my board unfortunately, is not perfectly flat and it seems to help smooth out those dips. One of these days I will splurge and find the mother of all ironing boards and it will be in the back of my truck in a wink! Until then... I will deal with barely lumpy board. I've also lowered my board down to sewing table height and brought it closer to the sewing machine. I now iron from my sewing chair.
I'll update this blog post as I continue to use the Oliso iron and let you know how it performs over time. If you are interested in trying the iron and the Pro model is out of your budget, as it was for me, take a look at the blue model, which is the TG1050 steam iron. This model is a more affordable iron with Oliso's award-winning iTouch® technology. The TG1050 uses 1600 watts of power and the powerful steam makes this a perfect tool for everyday pressing and ironing. $99.99 at time of this post and FREE shipping.