A hot new gadget

To our gadget lovers - I have a new one. This little tool is an iron. The plate measures 2" wide by about 4" long. It has a nice sleek front point and a non-stick plate. It gets really hot. Good for what? Well, today I used it to sneak into all of those string-pieced triangles that are forming octagons. I didn't want to smash anything close by and I didn't want the centers to look like Madonna's bustier. Actually, I bought the little iron for puffy sleeves and preemie bonnets. It does that very nicely too when my hefty Rowenta is just too tall and wide. The iron is called a "custom sealing iron" though I have no clue what they intend for it to seal. It was made by Hobbico. The flaw is the dinky little rest that comes with it. This almost toy-size iron gets hot and the only place I could find to frequently rest it was to put my cast iron skillet beside the ironing board. That worked just fine until I discovered that the real iron rest at the end of the ironing board would quite safely hold it. I looked for years for this little tool and am just so pleased to finally have it. Not affiliated but . . . you know. Polly
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polly esther
Polly I was looking at small "gadget" irons yesterday and noticed that on several sites it said to put the iron in a coffee cup because it got very hot and this was a way to protect you, the cloth and the iron.
So glad you are enjoying your iron.
Jacqueline in KY
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Jacqueline from KY
Jacqueline, that coffee cup idea is good for the little Clover iron. This one is too heavy and has a wooden handle at the end of the plate that wouldn't balance safely, methinks. I do use a hefty coffee mug for the Clover. And yes. We are concerned with protecting me. I have wrinkles but much prefer Retin-A. Polly
wrote > Polly I was looking at small "gadget" irons yesterday and noticed that
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polly esther
Polly, I've had one of these for years. My DH screwed the little metal holder to a block of wood. Very sturdy, and the wood doesn't get hot--much easier to move the little bugger. Gen
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Don/Gen
Go here:
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Scroll about half way down the page. Mini iron holder. It works great. And the tool was originally used to adhere Formica, especially the facing on the front of the countertops. I know this because a friend saw mine and wondered what the heck I was doing with it. He builds cabinets and uses one.
Cindy
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teleflora
A ceramic tile insert to prevent damage. Aha. I'll show this to my sweetheart. I'll bet he will build one for me. Thank you so much. Polly
"teleflora" wrote > Go here:
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polly esther
Got one. Here they are made by Clover (NAYY) and they are so useful. Got it originally for making dollhouse clothes (12th scale) but use it for celtic window strips and all sort of other things. I used the mug for safety till it committed suicide off the side. Now use ironing board end or somesuch. clover make an asbestosy bag to keep it in and you can use it as a rest too.
Glad you like it.
Nel (Gadget Queen)
polly esther wrote
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Sartorresartus
I have a Clover mini iron. I also have a small travel iron that is very handy for FPP and for taking to classes.
The smaller travel iron does a good job on most pressing jobs but is easier to use than my big iron when I am sitting at my sewing machine and I don't want to keep getting up to go press a seam here and there during piecing. My days of leaping across wide sewing rooms(to ironing boards - or anything else for that matter) in a single bound are well and truly behind me lol
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CATS
Shoulda looked at it before I wrote that last note. No I haven't seen this one before. Looks really great. have to have one. (Puts on Christmas list...)
Nel (Gadget Queen)
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Sartorresartus
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Polly, I have had that iron for years. It is used (for one thing) to seal the coverings on model planes. Have your DH screw the rest onto a small piece of wood. Makes it more stable and is much easier to find. Anna Belle in Palm Bay
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"Anna Belle" fladavis
Oh great, Nel. I was wondering by your first post if you thought we were talking about the wee Clover that only has a sole plate of about an inch and a half. We absolutely do not want our Gadget Queen missing a tool. Polly
"Sartorresartus" wrote> Shoulda looked at it before I wrote that last note. No I haven't seen
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polly esther
I have the new Clover mini-iron that has interchangeable feet. It has one foot that is about an inch and a half across. Kind of a cross between the tiny clover iron and the Hobbico. I use it all the time now.
Cindy
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teleflora
I had one of these and adored it. I used it a lot. Then one day it died after less than a year. I was gun shy to buy another afraid of long lasting quality. For those of you who have this iron, has yours lasted a long time and mine was a dud? Or have you experienced a short lived iron too?
Melissa in NJ
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Melissa in NJ
I've probably had mine for 3 - 4 years and I used it a lot. Left it on 24/7 a lot too (I swear, if I ever build a sewing room from scratch, the light switch by the door is going to shut off every blessed outlet in the room). It still works fine.
If you buy another one, go look at them at Jhittle.com. They are listed for less than $20. I KNOW I paid more than that for mine.
Cindy
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teleflora
that's what I need. I electric heated my quilting studio in the backyard for a week when nobody was there, and I've left the iron on too.. but none of my outlets are controlled by the light switch!
I swear, if I ever build a sewing room from scratch, the light > switch by the door is going to shut off every blessed outlet in the room).
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DrQuilter

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