Product Fabric Steamer Review
Steamfast SF-510 Fabric Steamer Good Review :
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I purchased this steamer 2 years ago to use for my daughters wedding dress which she purchased from a business that buys random, brand name prom & wedding dresses & sells them for discount prices. It was wrinkled, all of the puffs had wrinkles or creases in them. Well she had to move back her wedding date & we didnt use this steamer for over a 1 1/2 years. We never tested it during the time it sat idle & were relieved when we didnt have any problems with it.
We never used a steamer before so we werent sure what to expect. I filled it with distilled water, it heated quickly & we were ready to get the wrinkles out of her dress. The dress was very long so we hung it on the bathroom door & still some of it was on the floor. Having read online about not touching delicate fabrics with a steamer, we tensed the fabric & were careful not to touch the fabric. After about an 1 1/2 hours of this, the dress looked awful. The wrinkles were not coming out...well, some of them were coming out, but it wasnt meeting my high expectations. I did not want my daughter to walk down the aisle in a dress that wasnt perfect. So, after much thought, I decided to touch the steamer to the dress in an area that couldnt be seen. What a difference it made! And what a relief it was that I didnt damage the fabric! So we started over & spent over 3 hours steaming her dress. I think steaming is much more difficult & time consuming than ironing, but some garments cannot be ironed & her wedding dress was one of them. It is full of puffs that are tacked down every 6 or so. Each puff had to be pulled tightly & steamed separately. Steaming like an ordinary garment wouldve caused wrinkles all over the dress.
Okay, enough about the wedding dress, I imagine you want to know how the steamer performed for us. Because of the design of the dress, it took two of us to steam it. One had to stretch the puffs tightly while the other handled the steamer.
(This wasnt the best setup because the hands of the one stretching the puffs would get uncomfortably hot & sometimes feel as though they were going to be burned. So we started wearing winter gloves to protect our hands. This worked okay, but the gloves got damp from all the steam...and our hands were still hot.)
Several times the steamer gurgled & spit - once in a while the steam stopped. We handled it by stretching out the hose until the steam came out steady again. This happened several times & delayed us quite a bit, but we stayed as patient as possible & kept at it till the dress was finished about 3 hours later. I recall using almost a gallon of distilled water. I did not use the fabric brush.
My daughter has used the steamer again for a puffy bedspread which was stitched similar to her wedding dress. That bedspread was a wrinkled mess when she received it for a wedding gift - there was no way an iron wouldve worked on it. It looks great now.
I uploaded a photo of her wedding dress so you can better understand its design & how beautiful it turned out after steaming it.
Steamfast SF-510 Fabric Steamer Bad Review :
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I was very excited to find a clothing steamer for a reasonable price. However, I really dont believe that this is the clothing steamer for everyone (Or personally in my opinion, anyone).
The craftsmanship of this particular product feels very cheap and shoddy. The telescoping rail that holds the shirt constantly collapses in on itself, and the hanger never seems to be able to stay open. Ive also found that this product takes a very long time to produce steam (Appx. 2 minutes).
However, my main complaint with this product is the fact that the hose that connects the steam nozzle to the reservoir leaks all over the place. I have check and double checking the instructions to see how the hose fits, and I have put it on this snugly, however, I always end up with a puddle under the machine.
This steamer seemed like a good deal and sounded like it had everything I was looking for. I couldnt wait to use it when it arrived. I promptly put it together and went to work. The power cord was very short but I got out an extension cord. I kept waiting for more steam to be produced but after 15 minutes there still wasnt enough to properly take out a wrinkle without taking about 10 swipes at it. I tried it on something else thinking maybe the wrinkle was too deep and fabric too stubborn. I was very disappointed but thought I would try to freshen up my curtains while I was playing with it. The steam wand wouldnt even reach to my shoulder height if the item wasnt hung on the stand. Not what I was willing to live with. I wanted something to make my life easier. Not take longer than ironing. If you are going to buy a steamer, buy a good one.