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How well do steamers work?

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I'm considering purchasing this steamer due to positive comments on this site:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...estyleforum-20

I'm hoping to get feedback from someone here that owns this one (or similar modem) on the following questions:

- Will it remove all wrinkles from a plain casual dress shirt? I know that it won't have the same pressed, crisp look as ironing, but am hoping it'll take all wrinkles out of shirts.

- Does it work on denim, khakis, etc?

I'm lazy and hate ironing, so I skip it often, and am hoping this will take care of most wrinkles and make things look a bit nicer.
 

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I just got one last week. I don't like ironing either bu I still iron all my shirts. I tried it out on a 100% cotton shirt which I'd been wearing all day and had the usual tuck wrinkles around the waist and the came right out.

I think I'll use it most to get the wrinkles out of the back of suit jackets that you get from sitting and driving. I tried it on a few suits and blazers and once it heats up the wrinkles fall right out. Also on the front of your strides where you get that washboard effect it works well too. Got mine for $60 and will be well worth it I reckon.
 

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I purchased mine for about $60 from Bed Bath & Beyond - I forget the brand, but it's a real name brand not like a weird Bed Bath & Beyond brand. Anyway, it works well to get out wrinkles but is sort of a hassle. I use it for suits only because I get my shirts laundered. I clean my pants every couple years.
 

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steaming wool will cause it to lose its shape ... not a big deal for trousers but heavy and regular steam will alter the fit of a wool suit jacket quite a bit ... various parts are pressed into shape to get the desired effect .. search for jeffery d's posts on this subject ... maybe linked from the iron and pressing board porn thread
 

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Get a combo Iron/Steam Generator from Rowenta or Delonghi for ~100-120. The best. Love mine
 

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Originally Posted by cioni2k
Get a combo Iron/Steam Generator from Rowenta or Delonghi for ~100-120. The best. Love mine

Do you use these while the garment hangs, or do you still need to use a board? I'm assuming you need the board, whereas with the jiffy esteam I'm hoping I can simply hang my casual shirts (I don't have a suit) and use it that way.

The combo units do look nice, though.
 

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Originally Posted by Dewey
steaming wool will cause it to lose its shape ... not a big deal for trousers but heavy and regular steam will alter the fit of a wool suit jacket quite a bit ... various parts are pressed into shape to get the desired effect .. search for jeffery d's posts on this subject ... maybe linked from the iron and pressing board porn thread

Can you post the link to the pressing board porn thread? I tried searching but couldn't find it.
 

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Originally Posted by samssf
Can you post the link to the pressing board porn thread? I tried searching but couldn't find it.

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I searched multiple queries but could not find it.
 

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Originally Posted by samssf
Do you use these while the garment hangs, or do you still need to use a board? I'm assuming you need the board, whereas with the jiffy esteam I'm hoping I can simply hang my casual shirts (I don't have a suit) and use it that way.

The combo units do look nice, though.


You can do both. Typically I use an ironing board and use the steam option to cut down like 50% on my ironing time.

But if you have a delicate garment like a suit or tie, you can hang them, and there is a button (at least on the Delonghi that I own) that will keep the steam generation always on. Instantly it becomes a steamer.

They are really great units for the price. I suggest you look into the Delonghi or the Rowenta
 

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Originally Posted by Dewey
steaming wool will cause it to lose its shape ... not a big deal for trousers but heavy and regular steam will alter the fit of a wool suit jacket quite a bit ... various parts are pressed into shape to get the desired effect .. search for jeffery d's posts on this subject ... maybe linked from the iron and pressing board porn thread
I've read those too. So, should one never use a steamer at all? Maybe for my girlfriend's silk dresses.
 

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kent, maybe you should ask jefferyd ... i am no expert, just a guy with a memory

i vaguely remember some disagreement about the extent to which very heavy tweeds etc. need to be spared from steam.

steam is good for cotton shirts of course ... i hang them in bathroom during shower before ironing
 

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Originally Posted by Dewey
steaming wool will cause it to lose its shape ... not a big deal for trousers but heavy and regular steam will alter the fit of a wool suit jacket quite a bit ... various parts are pressed into shape to get the desired effect .. search for jeffery d's posts on this subject ... maybe linked from the iron and pressing board porn thread
Bespoke trousers are often ironworked too; though it's not as extensive as with a coat it would still affect the fit if this was removed as a result of the application of steam.
 

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Originally Posted by Dewey
steam is good for cotton shirts of course ... i hang them in bathroom during shower before ironing
Why? I hang dry and iron while damp. I assume that would achieve the same effect?
 

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