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Thread: Mini iron for cheap?

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    Been researching stained glass quilts as I plan on doing at least seven of them (replicas of the stained glass windows depicting the sages in a Zelda video game) and its on my resolution list to get one of them done this year.

    No matter what one I'll end up doing this year there will be a lot of bias in different sizes for the leading, probably going as thin as 1/4". I really want to get one of those mini irons (I think Clover makes one) for that purpose....they have a small tip in the shape of an iron that's connected to a rod. But I haven't found very many of them and the ones I did were like $30 and that's not including the shipping. I know I'm pretty nieve about quilting supply prices and what's considered the norm or a deal, but it seems a bit silly to me that this miniture iron costs twice as much as my regular one.

    Is $30 pretty standard for these mini irons or do they come cheaper and I just haven't found it yet?

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    Joanns and a 50% off coupon :D:D:D

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    yep, that's the standard and amma's suggestion is what I would do. I can't wait to see those quilts. I'm a big Zelda fan.

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    I have a little tiny Sharptek iron that costs $7.00 - it's in the iron section at Joann - looks like a full-size iron shrunk down.

    I really like that iron for pressing back seams while I'm paper piecing. The only thing I don't like about it is that the cord is modular, and it comes out of the plug on the side of the iron far too easily. I need to remember to glue that in before I do any more paper piecing - it's a pain in the neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    I have a little tiny Sharptek iron that costs $7.00 - it's in the iron section at Joann - looks like a full-size iron shrunk down.

    I really like that iron for pressing back seams while I'm paper piecing. The only thing I don't like about it is that the cord is modular, and it comes out of the plug on the side of the iron far too easily. I need to remember to glue that in before I do any more paper piecing - it's a pain in the neck.
    I have the same problem with the plug on the side of the iron - I use a heavy rubber band to hold the plug into the iron. Works OK - I would wonder about using glue on a connection like this.
    It is a handy little bugger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    I have a little tiny Sharptek iron that costs $7.00 - it's in the iron section at Joann - looks like a full-size iron shrunk down.

    I really like that iron for pressing back seams while I'm paper piecing. The only thing I don't like about it is that the cord is modular, and it comes out of the plug on the side of the iron far too easily. I need to remember to glue that in before I do any more paper piecing - it's a pain in the neck.
    I have the same problem with the plug on the side of the iron - I use a heavy rubber band to hold the plug into the iron. Works OK - I would wonder about using glue on a connection like this.
    It is a handy little bugger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    I have a little tiny Sharptek iron that costs $7.00 - it's in the iron section at Joann - looks like a full-size iron shrunk down.

    I really like that iron for pressing back seams while I'm paper piecing. The only thing I don't like about it is that the cord is modular, and it comes out of the plug on the side of the iron far too easily. I need to remember to glue that in before I do any more paper piecing - it's a pain in the neck.
    Wal-Mart has something like that for like $10. I think they're specifically targeted towards iron on patches. I thought about getting it, but kind of debate the quality and if even that would still be too big when working with the extremely thin bias tapes.

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