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
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
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
So glad you are enjoying your iron.
Jacqueline in 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
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
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.
polly esther wrote
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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).