Durathon Iron Review and Giveaway

Blogged under CFEs/Contests,Crafty Products by Tammy on Friday 21 February 2014 at 11:40 am

I was recently contacted by the folks at Hamilton Beach and asked to test out and review a product called the Durathon Iron (#Durathon). Believe it or not, I iron fairly regularly, and I’m not just talking about when I pull out my sewing machine or cross stitch (which I have not touched in awhile since I need to get a good lamp/magnifier to order to be able to see well enough to work on it). Just about every week I’m ironing a shirt for me or my hubby, and he also has to wear ties almost every day, so I have to touch those up after he has worn and mangled them.

I have to admit that my old iron was…well…ancient! I won’t say who the manufacturer was because it is a really old iron so it’s not like I was using the latest and greatest version, but even when it was new, I was not able to get it to work as far as the steam part. I ended up having to spray with a water bottle. I was very happy to see that I could get the Durathon iron’s steam and other elements, like the spritzer, to work pretty easily. It comes with a small manual, which I found very easy to understand. Some other items I liked about this new iron is that it has a retractable cord, so when I put it away, I don’t have the cord going everywhere. The safety feature is also really good because if you leave it on for a period of time and it is not being used a sensor will shut it off. Simply put – I love this iron!

Anyone who sews or is involved with other types of needle crafts knows how important stopping occasionally to iron your work can be to the outcome of the finished product. Even yarn folks can use an iron to steam and block some finished items, so a good iron is really just like any other important tool in your craft room – necessary.

Okay, now for the giveaway info! Hamilton Beach has agreed to give one of my readers a #Durathon iron! Squee! To enter, just answer any of the following questions in the comments section of this post no later than March 7th, 2014 midnight eastern time:

Do you ever use an iron when you craft? If so, what do you use it for?

Do you iron cloths or other items for the home or your family? If so, is there anything about your current iron that drives you crazy?

Make sure to include an email address so you can be contacted if you win. The winner must reply back within 3 days of me emailing her/him, and I am not responsible in anyway, shape, or form if the winner does not reply back in a timely manner. Spammers will not be included in the drawing, obviously. One entry per person, etc. etc. The winner’s name and mailing address will be forwarded by me to the company who will then send out the prize.


  1. Comment by Paula Rosenow — February 21, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    Yet, I actually leave my iron and ironing board set up all the time. I iron my clothes before I wear them. I used to iron once a week, but now that I don’t work, I just iron them as I need them. You know, sweat pants and sweat shirts don’t need much ironing 😀 ….

    I even steam my woven beadwork. Laying the piece down on a towel, cover with a pressing cloth and steam away. Really makes them lay nice and flat.

    Even in these days of “no iron” fabrics, I gotta have my iron!

  2. Comment by Carol Langston — February 21, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

    I use my iron pretty regularly!! I use it when I’m sewing. My grandmother taught me to always press the edges where I had stitched. Everything just lays better.
    My current iron leaks!!! It sometime leaves stains!
    Thanks Tammy, I’m enjoying reading your blog.

  3. Comment by Malinda Vogel — February 21, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

    I do beaded jewelry and don’t do ironing for that
    I do iron shirts for my husband and pants foor each of us
    He just told me today to get us a new ironingboard

  4. Comment by Terry Jeanette — February 21, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

    I iron a little. I sew a little and also been working on t shirt quilts, which I do use an iron then. Would be nice to have a snazzy new one, mine is pretty old, like most of my gadgets around here, lol

  5. Comment by David — February 21, 2014 @ 9:30 pm

    We just bought a new house and it came with curtains, and my wife ironed those. I don’t know why, but she did. Otherwise, we generally just iron clothing.

  6. Comment by Dayana Krawchuk — February 22, 2014 @ 10:49 am

    I use an iron to steam block certain types of knitting. For this I need a iron with great steam release. Otherwise, I am not an everyday ironer, I rarely iron clothes. But of course, an iron is absolutely essential when sewing. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Comment by Trish Thompson — February 22, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    I do use my iron regularly – not so much for crafting, as I am not in the ‘sewing’ mode lately, but for the family, yes, indeed!

    I have an iron now, which drives me crazy! It will start off with nice steam, and do such a good job, and then the steam just STOPS. I can keep on ironing, hoping it will start again…but maybe yes, maybe no! The reason I bought a ‘steam’ iron, is that I want it to steam….all the time, every time! Arggghhhh! And it isn’t even old!

    Would LOVE to win a new one!


  8. Comment by Angie — February 22, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    I use an iron for my crafts all the time! It’s especially helpful for sewing projects of course, but I love using it for my knitted creations too. It irons cotton to be smooth and beautiful and steams my wool pieces to perfection. However, the iron I currently own has a very faulty and pretty useless steam function, I would love a new one with a great steamer 🙂

  9. Comment by Debbie H — February 22, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

    I use my iron mostly for quilting and sewing projects. It was just a cheapo and doesn’t work very well. I would love to win this one!

  10. Comment by patsy coats — February 22, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

    I’ve used an iron to steam block my knitting.

  11. Comment by knittingdancer on Ravelry — February 22, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    I iron everything I wear. I do not dry my clothes in the dryer only my towels and washcloths. I have used my iron while steam blocking my knitting and pressing out cross stitch material. I recovered my mouse pad a couple of weeks ago by steaming the interfacing and material together with my iron. I would love a new iron.

  12. Comment by Lynda — February 22, 2014 @ 7:56 pm

    Great giveaway! I iron very little just because I don’t have an iron that works very well. Very little heat, leaks water, leaves marks on item being ironed so I GAVE UP! I would love a new iron so I can iron without irritation! Thanks for the opportunity!

  13. Comment by Helen — February 22, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

    I do not use an iron when I craft, but I like to iron clothes and sheets! I got used to iron sheets when I lived in a different country, and when I moved here I still like to iron our sheets!

  14. Comment by Sherry Glover — February 22, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

    I use my iron not just for making my clothes look nice, but for quilting, sewing patterns sewing clothing seams, etc. would love to win this iron. Thanks for the chance.

  15. Comment by Luv2CUSmile — February 23, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    I use my iron with crafting! Mainly sewing but also when designing my iron on designs through Photo Shop… print them on Iron on transfer sheet and “Iron” them on- LOL
    I do of course also iron clothes (5 kids and hubby) and some home decor… I usually steam my curtains though.
    My current iron drives me batty because When i try to use the steam function it takes forever to the point that when I first hit the button it possibly sprays liquid rather than steam! I have to wait forever it seems to make sure I get a “steam” and still I do it in the air now to make sure prior to aiming towards fabric. Too many times that I have had to “dry” out liquid on fabric and pray that it didn’t leave a spot… My silk blouse- Yikes!!
    Lovely giveaway!

  16. Comment by Shelly — February 23, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

    I use my iron to occasionally to steam block a finished knitted item (one of several methods I employ). I also of course, use it when sewing,every step of the way. First I’d iron the pattern pieces flat. Each seam gets ironed out too, whether opened flat or over to one side. In terms of household chores, I iron dress shirts & occasionally a tablecloth (that came out too wrinkled from the dryer). What drives me crazy about my current iron?!?! Well, not that extreme, but the cord is not designed well for storage. It flops all over the place. And… the iron does not fit well into the iron/ironing board holder rack hanging on the wall. That spot usually is wasted, as I tend to leave the iron on top of the dryer.

  17. Comment by Sanja — February 23, 2014 @ 7:46 pm

    Such a great giveaway. I mostly knit baby things (newborn) and use cotton yarn and I block everything with an iron. It is easier and looks nicer:).

  18. Comment by Sandee — February 24, 2014 @ 5:40 am

    I iron my husband’s dress shirts and use it to steam some of my handknits when blocking them. I also use the iron when I am sewing to press the seams, block needlepoint and press cross stitch items. While I also bead I don’t use my iron for that. My ironing board is a folding type mount to a door so it is always very handy.

  19. Comment by Danijela — February 24, 2014 @ 11:39 am

    Wow,this is amazing giveaway.I use iron in crafting when I crochet and need something to block.Just few days a go our iron didn’t work so my hubby needed to open it all and just press one button to start working.=o)All that work and time just for one touch of button,it is old iron and we need one badly.Thank you for the chance to win it.Have a lovely rest of the week.

  20. Comment by Alexis Hilgert — February 25, 2014 @ 12:16 am

    I use our iron when I sew and to press my husbands uniform (Army) but I HATE it. It’s really old, leaves bits of dirt marks, drips…just Ugh.

  21. Comment by Margot C — February 25, 2014 @ 2:02 am

    I iron my husband’s shirts all of the time and my current iron (not a Hamliton Beach I might add!) is so heavy. I really need a new modern one!

  22. Comment by sara — February 25, 2014 @ 5:00 am

    I quilt…so I use my iron often to set seams, press seams, keep my quilting flat…etc. My iron is always at the ready when quilting. Also use my iron to press all my fabric after I pre-wash it.

    Other than that I don’t iron

    Nhsarab at yahoo dot com

  23. Comment by Nick — February 25, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

    I use an iron to steam block some of my knitting. I really love ironed sheets but don’t usually do that. The one thing I don’t like about my current iron is that I don’t think it is heavy enough…I would love to see how Durathon works! Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Comment by Elizabeth — February 25, 2014 @ 10:46 pm

    I use my iron mainly for crafting and for Girl Scout badges… but occasionally for clothes. The thing that drives me crazy about my iron is when it drips water… and yet it needs the water to make the steam to help it iron better. Catch 22.

  25. Comment by Tina G. — February 26, 2014 @ 6:06 am

    The iron I have now I’ve had since 1978 – I got it with Green Stamps!! It’s heavy and hard to keep clean. The steam part doesn’t do very well anymore, so I don’t use it. My ironing board is set up in my dining room – I have been teaching myself how to sew and after I wash my fabric, I iron it. I press a lot when sewing.I also iron a slot of my husband’s shirts and slacks. I’d love to have a new steam iron that’s light-weight! 🙂

  26. Comment by Erica — February 27, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    I use a steam iron to block mittens and I also iron shirts for my husband. I iron sewing when I do it.
    My iron is in decent shape, so if I win, I will give this one to my sister who is getting married this summer.

  27. Comment by Angel — February 27, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    My iron broke when we moved into our new apartment. Since then I have been putting everything in the dryer to become wrinkle free. This does not have the same effect. Desperately need this iron. Thanks for the chance.

  28. Comment by Cheryl B. — February 27, 2014 @ 9:24 pm

    I don’t use an iron for crafting…but I use one daily to iron our laundry.

  29. Comment by Margaret Maggie Porter — February 27, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

    I need a new iron. Ive had mine since I moved out 22 yrs ago.

  30. Comment by Jenna Osborne — February 28, 2014 @ 2:39 am

    I use an iron while crafting and sewing frequently- for fusible webbing and appliques and to make crisp seams while quilting!

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  32. Comment by Celeste — March 4, 2014 @ 11:09 am

    I like to iron any fabrics I might use to line certain projects or iron my personalized labels before sewing them onto my projects.

  33. Comment by Carmen N — March 5, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    I mainly use my iron for crafting – hardly ever for family clothing. I hate my current iron because it’s really old and doesn’t work very well unless you have it at the high/cotton setting.

  34. Comment by Miqui — March 6, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

    My iron and board are set up ALWAYS because I never know when the spirit will move me to sew. I always wish my iron would be just a bit bigger because sometimes I have to iron my fabrics before I can cut out my patterns.

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