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    Does anyone use a crafting iron? I'm thinking about getting one since it's so much smaller than a regular iron. I have a bad habit of bumping my hand against it. This is the one I'm looking at but would like to know what others are using.
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    haven't seen one like that, what kind is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    haven't seen one like that, what kind is it?
    Clover 9101 Mini Iron II Handheld Crafting Iron with Interchangeable Tips

    I found this one at Amazon.com and people who wrote reviews said positive things about it.

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    I thought I owned that one but on closer inspection I havent.

    I like the one from Joann's that looks more like a little iron with a tip.

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    I have a different type of small iron, I bought it in a hobby shop and the plate is teflon so if i'm using webbing or fusible, and it gets it on my iron, it just wipes off. But I know several people who have this one, they love it for applique, and all say good things about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome
    I thought I owned that one but on closer inspection I havent.

    I like the one from Joann's that looks more like a little iron with a tip.
    Would you mind posting a picture of it?

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    It will depend on the size pieces of fabric or other material you intend to iron. It is a very small surface. There are mini irons shaped like regular size irons that would be more productive imho. This little one is fine for pressing ribbon or other narrow fabrics and trims. I have one myself. The minis are sold at Joanns. Clotilde.com Has these two; #261014 and #266040 The soleplateon the first one measures1 3/4 inches wide by 4 3/4 long.

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    I have the original Clover and so far I haven't found it very useful, I think something with a bit bigger plate would work better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie
    It will depend on the size pieces of fabric or other material you intend to iron. It is a very small surface. There are mini irons shaped like regular size irons that would be more productive imho. This little one is fine for pressing ribbon or other narrow fabrics and trims. I have one myself. The minis are sold at Joanns. Clotilde.com Has these two; #261014 and #266040 The soleplateon the first one measures1 3/4 inches wide by 4 3/4 long.
    The longer I look at different ones the more I agree with you the one I was looking at would be too small. Thanks for your suggestions. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenini
    I have the original Clover and so far I haven't found it very useful, I think something with a bit bigger plate would work better.
    I'm leaning that way too now.

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    I have the original Clover and once I learned (here on this board! ;) ) that you have to cycle it off and on a few times to get it to heat up enough, it's been great for the starch-method of preparing applique pieces.

    I'm thinking of getting one with interchangeable tips, though. The plate on this one is actually too big sometimes - a wand shape or a very small flat shape would work better on some pieces.

    I also have a cute little Sharptek iron that is really great for this type of applique, for pressing seams on blocks and for paper foundation piecing. Aside from being cute as can be, they're really good for places where you need a larger sole plate. http://polymerclayexpress.com/equip.html

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    Have one, but haven't used it yet, when I start applique I will

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    Had one, gave it away, never got hot enough for me.

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    yep, I have this one...it is over kill really, unless you do a lot of other crafts and will use the other attachments..I do lots of other crafts and have yet to use any of the attachments!

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    I have the small iron that you get for $9.99 at different places, comes in colors, mine is pink, the cord is a regular size and it plugs into the side, so it is heavy and gets in the way and the iron never gets hot enough. So needless to say, put it up and out of the way. Didn't think it was useful at all. So its up and down and back to the regular iron and ironing board. Thinking about just getting the smallest iron Walmart has and try it. I have the wooden tv tray covered with batting and duck fabric, to use by my sewing cabinet. Now it is really handy, so maybe I can find a smaller iron.

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    I use mine for small pieces of applique

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimS
    Does anyone use a crafting iron? I'm thinking about getting one since it's so much smaller than a regular iron. I have a bad habit of bumping my hand against it. This is the one I'm looking at but would like to know what others are using.
    I've had one for several years. Thought it would be good to
    press open seams on small pieces, as I go along. I don't use
    it, just seems it doesn't get hot enough...or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenini
    I have the original Clover and so far I haven't found it very useful, I think something with a bit bigger plate would work better.
    Oh yeah, I don't have the one she pictures, mine s a Clover too.

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    I ahve the original Clovre, too. I've used it for applique, paper piecing and I make fabric boxes that I use it on.

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    Yes i have this and love it. It is clover and I got it at Joanns a couple months ago with coupon. I has a guard, the red thing so you don't get burnt. I am using mine currently for OBW seams.

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    I have the clover mini iron, it was used once....and I got a third degree burn on my index finger! no fun. I don't know that it will be used again! lol

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    I use mine for starch method applique but it doesn't have all the different tips...works well and gets hot...also have a small mini iron that is great for pressing seams open and I like it when I am tired as I have bad wrists and it is light to handle...

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    I had one and sold it. Hated it. Burnt my fingers, not hot enough for fabric, but was for skin.

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    I have the one that comes in colors and use it all the time. It gets really hot and works great on my applique projects. I got it at JoAnns for half price ($5.00)

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    I've had the older clover for years and just puchased the new one with the interchangable tips last week at Joanns with a 40% coupon. One thing I learned with my other one was not to use the little stand they give you. I reached over one time and grabbed the wrong end, and ended up with a nasty burn. It's like grabbing a curling iron on the hot end. (never done that) When using the little iron I got a crock and started putting it in that with the handle sticking out. No more burned hands because the hot end is in the crock. Put the crock on a padded surface as it can get pretty hot.

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