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Thread: Clover Mini irons

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    Hi everybody,
    I have just purchased a Clover mini iron grade two as i am sick and tired of having to get the big old iron out to iron creased patchwork fabrics as this product is widely used in the USA i am wondering if any one has had an experiences with this item and what attachment i should buy to help me along with my quilting
    Happy quilting everybody x

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    I hope your item is better than the one I purchased. It never worked and the shop that sold it wouldn't take it back. Most of them must be ok, or it wouldn't still be on the market, so I guess I just got a dud. I keep thinking I should try again...

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    I never liked my clover iron much. I ended up buying a travel size rowenta at Joann's when they were on sale and I love it. I made a tv tray into a small ironing board to keep next to my machine.

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    Hi There,
    Oh Dear,,,, i only received mine today and have not had time to open it these items are not cheap so it better work lol

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    Thanks for the good idea the TV tray as a ironing board is excellent it stops me having to towel the pine coffee table and iron on there as i hate getting the ironing board out a few times a day lol :cry:

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    Mine worked, I just didn't like how small the tip is and no matter what, it would not stay on the little metal stand thing. I did buy a wooden stand for it but it just gets in the way.

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    You can stand the iron in a ceramic mug and that will keep it safer than the little wire stand they provide for it.

    Apparently, you have to plug it in and heat it up and cool it off a few times before it gets as hot as you need it to be. I didn't realize this when I first bought it and assumed until I read this that mine was just a dud. One of these days, I'll take it out and heat it up a few times. Would be cool if it worked.

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    I have the clover iron and it gets REALLY hot! Since I don't have a stand for it, when it's used I just set the tip down in a coffee cup. That might work for some of you.

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    It is suppose to be good for Bias binding and ironing the edges of a border but i have yet to use it so i don't know if it is as good as the packaging says but thank you everybody for the handy tips the coffee cup tip is already going to be used lol

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    Sorry, I have one and I hate it. I prefer the regular old iron. Good luck with yours...Actually my favorite is an older Black and Decker travel iron. Small but yet gets very hot. They still sell them on Ebay once in a while. Love mine!!

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    The little Black and Deckers are perfect for pressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zipit
    The little Black and Deckers are perfect for pressing.
    Oh Joy, I love your avatar!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    Oh Joy, I love your avatar!!
    Thank you! One day I'll probably get it quilted. Until then, it just holds up my desing wall...

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    I just sold one on this board. Mine got very hot and worked well on seams in hard to reach areas. I just ended up using my small travel iron as much or more so sold my Clover to buy more fabric and stuff!! I use a small table top ironing board rather than a regular ironing board.

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    I have one, but never even took it out of the package. I ended up buying a small iron at the LQS they all used and I love it.

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    I saw where you can use them for starching needle turn appliqué?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    I never liked my clover iron much. I ended up buying a travel size rowenta at Joann's when they were on sale and I love it. I made a tv tray into a small ironing board to keep next to my machine.
    I did the exact same thing, works great!

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    Well everybody its been out of its packet and now used after burning my fingers a couple of time i now have got use to it it is quiet good for pressing the middle seams open on small triangles and squares but even tho i have bought this i have now seen a small travel iron and mini ironing board for sale so going to purchase them.
    Clover mini iron works for me but the down side is that its not very good for getting hard creases out ,,ermmm i should have bought the travel iron first lol well you live and learn ,,,,

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    I use my clover to applique small pieces...I bought one of those mini irons and it's horrible...doesn't get hot enough...throwing it out.

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    I use my clover iron for foundation paper piecing and for applique (turning the seam allowance under). I like it, but you have to be careful with it. Don't let your cat jump on your sewing table and accidentally pull the iron into your lap. Good thing I was wearing pants. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjdavis4
    I use my clover iron for foundation paper piecing and for applique (turning the seam allowance under). I like it, but you have to be careful with it. Don't let your cat jump on your sewing table and accidentally pull the iron into your lap. Good thing I was wearing pants. LOL
    OUCH!!!

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    You do have to heat it up several times before it will reach max temp. But after it does it will each time after that. I didn't like mine at first but now I use it a lot. DH said the cord lay was wrong and reversed it for me so now the iron stays straight and doesn't want to flip over. It rests perfectly on a flat surface. The lay of the cord is like getting a water hose twisted, it wants to go one way. This is one sign of a good manufacturer, getting any appliance cords attached according to the right lay. Sadly Clover's specs doesn't include this for their cords as it takes extra time to do it right and someone over the process to know what lay is. LOL

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    I have used my original one for 10 years....still going strong..great for classes and paper piecing!
    I also bought the newer one recently with the different tips....have not used it yet...maybe this week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    You do have to heat it up several times before it will reach max temp. But after it does it will each time after that. I didn't like mine at first but now I use it a lot. DH said the cord lay was wrong and reversed it for me so now the iron stays straight and doesn't want to flip over. It rests perfectly on a flat surface. The lay of the cord is like getting a water hose twisted, it wants to go one way. This is one sign of a good manufacturer, getting any appliance cords attached according to the right lay. Sadly Clover's specs doesn't include this for their cords as it takes extra time to do it right and someone over the process to know what lay is. LOL
    Maybe I will dig mine out of the storage room (if I can find it) and have engineer DH to look at it. Will try heating it several times too. I hate to waste all that money and would like to have something for really small stuff...applique esp. I was so disgusted, I never bought a replacement. Just got a finger guard and use my reg. iron.

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    I use mine all the time. I have had it for a little over 4 years and have never had a problem with it. I do a lot of Paperpiecing and absolutely LOVE it for that. I also put mine in a ceramic container, (so it doesn't burn things if it get tipped or something) it gets really hot and this way I know things are protected. I wouldn't give mine up for anything! I also use it when I have other seams that need pressing but haven't used for major pressing or the such.

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