In reference to the first entry on selecting pressing equipment, Steve wrote:
Thank you for the information. Your company makes the J410, J450A and i300 steam stations. What are their differences? Will one last longer than another for home use? Does the i300 have a better quality iron and steam cord? Is a vacuum table required for a steam station?
To which Robert Kahn of Reliable replies:
Our J series iron stations including the J410 and J450A are strictly home use products. We rate them for 15-20 hours per week maximum use. The reason why they cannot be used for longer periods is that these products are made from molded plastic, and they cannot withstand the heat of more than 15-20 (non-continuous) hours weekly.
The i300 is our entry level professional ironing station. Because we use stainless steel, and not molded plastic, you can use the i300 (or the larger i500 and i700) for as many hours as you like.
The quality of the iron and the steam is very similar. If you wanted the best user experience, then you have to go with our pro series… nothing irons better than these units. The quality of the hose, cord etc. is very similar on all of our products. I wouldn’t say that one was better than the other. The J410 and J450A are terrific products; they just shouldn’t be confused with “professional” grade, since in our world, that means they get used 5-7 days a week, for 8-10 hours per day.
A vacuum table is not required for a steam station, but if you want to get the best results, it is vitally important. There is no point to buy a Ferrari if you have cheap tires on it. In a similar manner, having all of that quality steam, and not being able to dry the fabric when you are done is only doing half the job. If you want to know more about the “tricks” of professional finishing, have a look at our 5 Reasons to Love Ironing (pdf) piece that I have included for you. I hope this information helps.
Speaking of Reliable, did you know they also sell sewing machines? Yep. I’d been in the market for an overlock, a basic 5 thread with safety stitch, only I don’t know much about overlocks. I forgot to ask if I can pull the safety stitch to do knits. My attitude about machines is that I just want to sit down and go. Anyway, this is the one I bought that was delivered today.
As you can see, I haven’t unpacked it yet. I just love new toys, don’t you? I think I’ll be home late tonight. In fact, I may not even cook dinner. Maybe Eric and I will go to our favorite micro-brewery two blocks from my shop, grab a couple of brews and then try to set it up. Or maybe not. Otherwise tomorrow’s planned post of How to set up an industrial overlock may not go very well.