The plates on mine fit together perfect, and so far I don't have, or found any flaws. I do have a multi outlet mounted on the wall so that I can easily unplug things which helps a lot because there is not an off/on switch.
As for the pressing...well it took all the folds out of the ribbons I've used so far and no scorching the ribbon which is a plus. Just watch out for the ribbons that have screen prints on them, the print will melt off or smear.
I was so excited to find this ribbon iron. I often save ribbons from presents I receive and until finding the ribbon iron had to use my hair straightener/flat iron. It worked well, but then I was always having to go retrieve it for styling my hair. The Ribbon Iron works great! Every crafter needs one of these. I do wish it had an on/off button. That would be nice.
When I received this tool I was surprised because I thought from the pictures that it would be smaller than it is. It's not a problem though. I really like how this iron works (pressing both sides of the ribbon at the same time) and I too plug it in to a power strip so I can turn it off with a button instead of having to unplug it.
Jill Davis, Founder