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Thread: Clover Mini-Iron? Worth the money?

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    i'm lining up a couple of projects of a 'stained glass' look. i've read where this little iron is handy for the small applique work (leading in the 'windows'). anyone have any feedback? i've also heard it's a waste of money. it's on sale right now and would be about $13.

    thanks for your feedback!

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    Here's my two cents. I have one and it works fine for me. I use it when doing paper foundation work. I also take it with me to workshops. This way I don't have to keep getting up to go to the ironing board.

    I hope this helps with your decision.

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    I have one and it does the trick for me. I'm glad I got it for my second stain glass piece. :)

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    My daughter bought this iron for me for Christmas. I had never used it till now. I just started a applique class and it works wonderful. So for my two cents worth, its worth the money. There is no way I would have been able to iron those teeny tiny pieces to freezer paper.

    Rita

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    I like mine, it fits where the big iron won't. The newer ones have different tips, which seems like a good idea.

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    Oooo I want that. the different tips that is, I am going to have to go and look, maybe will fit mine or get a new one. Santa please...

    Rita

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    I just bought one and tried it for the first time. LOVE it for all the tiny edges. Word of caution-I didn't put it on the stand when I layed it down-I now have a burnt spot on my ironing board cover. And it was so QUICK! I would EVER leave the room without unplugging it!!!

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    I use a glass mug or coffee mug to sit my iron in, the glass mug works better as it is deeper. That way if memory goes, which it does about every two seconds, I at least protect my board. Hope this will help you

    Rita

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    wow! thanks for the quick responses. and no negatives? guess it's a 'must have'! off i go!

    thanks again!

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    I have two (one still in the package as it was a gift) and I use it for Celtic, stained glass, and any sort of bias project. It works really great for making your own fusible bias with the clover bias tool and double sided fusible tape. If you see bias in your future, as well as applique, I'd strongly recommend it!

    Helen

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    I recently bought a Hobbico Craft Iron at Hershey Quilt Expo, but I haven't used it yet. Can anyone tell me if this will replace a Clover iron, or if there is a need for both?

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    Minda, does the one you found look like the little Clover one? The metal tube on the Clover iron unscrews and you can get attachments for it, like a stencil cutter. That's what I like about it. It doesn't replace a big iron, but it is great for applying heat to small spaces, ironing seams open and using fusible tape.

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    Leslee,
    You can see a picture of the Hobbico iron on the following site. It's a bit larger than the Clover but smaller than other craft irons.

    http://softexpressions.com/software/notions/iron.htm


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    Patti,
    Were are the Clover irons on sale for about $13.00?

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    Patty,
    I have a mini-iron and love to use it. It's great for paper piecing.

    Word of caution... Don't allow a piece of fabric to lay on it while it's hot! Yep! Been there! Done that! I had tossed a chunk of fabric and didn't notice where it landed until I started smelling the scorch! Yuck! Now my fabric will have to have a hole cut in it to remove that nasty spot! It just proves that little thing gets hot!

    On a side note. I invested in one of Eleanor Burns wood irons. It actually does make a difference when it's used. Amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    Patti,
    Were are the Clover irons on sale for about $13.00?
    jo-anns. $24.99 - $10 - 10% through tomorrow. if you need a printable coupon, let me know.

    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yvonne
    Patty,
    I have a mini-iron and love to use it. It's great for paper piecing.

    Word of caution... Don't allow a piece of fabric to lay on it while it's hot! Yep! Been there! Done that! I had tossed a chunk of fabric and didn't notice where it landed until I started smelling the scorch! Yuck! Now my fabric will have to have a hole cut in it to remove that nasty spot! It just proves that little thing gets hot!

    On a side note. I invested in one of Eleanor Burns wood irons. It actually does make a difference when it's used. Amazing!
    yep, that's what i fear the most. getting burned! i'll have to look into the wood iron. brb!

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    hmmm, here's the wood iron

    http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponlin...0&cat=&page=17

    do they really work without heat? :shock:

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    Thanks, Patty. (Sorry I misspelled your name on my last post.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabricluvr
    hmmm, here's the wood iron

    http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponlin...0&cat=&page=17

    do they really work without heat? :shock:
    It's just a wooden dowel with a rounded head. It just pushes the fabric where you want it to go. It's not as good as an iron with heat but it does make the fabric lie where you want it long enough to move along to the next step in the quilting process. AND as we all know, Eleanor loves her wooden iron! :lol:

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    I love mine... I have a "June Tailor Cut'n Press II... It is right next to my machine.. I keep the Clover iron right there too.. I can press as I go.. I would not trade either of them for something else...

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    darn! went to joanns and it's the Mini-Iron II that's on sale. too much moolah for my needs right now :( hope i didn't mislead anyone. will have to wait until they have a 50% off coupon.

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    Thanks for all the info on this one guys, have been considering this one, well actually considering it for a christmas present from hubby :mrgreen: . I thought it might be useful specially for applique work, But it's alot of dosh here $70, they have to be ordered in special and you don't get to try before you buy, so the info is very helpful thanks :D

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    I just bought mine with my 50% off at JoAnn's.... Haven't opened it yet, but my friend warned me about it being very hot and also burning mats, ironing boards, material , etc. I like the idea of putting it in a coffee mug. Thanks....

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    Just an update on the mini iron, you might find it interesting. I found out the other day what might be another reason why they are so much dearer here. They have to make a different model to suit our regulations and it also has to have different wireing to suit the power here. Becuse it's such a small market, I suppose it has to be worth their while.

    I think I might be getting one for Christmas :wink: , cause Hubby went shopping at neeedlecraft :P But I was good, I haven't peeked ......yet :lol:

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