It’s Tool Review Tuesday! This is where we choose a tool, do some rigorous product testing, and produce a review that gives you the nitty-gritty details needed before you add something to your cart.
What is this tool typically used for?
Clover says it is for “situational” ironing which I think means it is useful for piecing (quilting) or construction (clothes sewing) when a small, lightweight iron is needed to get in small places and under layers and/or frequent pressing next to the sewing machine is beneficial. Clover says it is not to be confused with a mini iron or travel iron – although I think it is great for that too.
What was your first impression of the Wedge Iron?
Small, lightweight – handy for classes, travel, and use by sewing machine!
How did you use it?
I placed it next to my sewing machine on an ironing surface for pressing each step of a quilt-as-you-go project and one with many Half-Square Triangles to press open. It worked great! The iron was very hot. It was lightweight so it did not hurt my arm like lifting a heavy iron off to the side in a sitting position – like my heavy iron does. It was small so I could easily see and control where I was pressing – I did not want to get the iron on the fusible fleece. There was no steam to distort the triangles.
How long did it take you to learn how to use it?
Quick. Turn it on and use it.
What did you like best?
The iron heats quickly. It gets very hot (but is adjustable to lower temperatures). No steam, which is good because my iron has very hot steam that is hard to turn off – it does have a small spritzer water bottle to dampen fabric if needed.
What did you like the least?
I do not think there is an automatic shut-off. I left it on overnight twice because I am used to leaving my regular iron plugged in and turned on all the time – it does have auto shut-off. I’ve been more careful to turn it off.
Why do you NEED it?
The Iron provides convenient and ergonomic pressing at the sewing machine. Pressing triangles and bias without steam. Pressing small appliqué pieces. Frequent pressing by sewing machine for paper-piecing.
Could you see another potential use for the Wedge Iron?
It is small and lightweight enough to take to classes, retreats, and for travel. Good for pressing of small appliqué pieces. Also designed for clothes construction – for frequent pressing by the machine of darts, etc. Designed with open space over sole plate to get under layers. Anytime small iron needed for thin, tight spaces.
Who would appreciate the Wedge Iron most?
These are perfect for:
- Beginner, intermediate, and expert quilters
- Someone acquiring the basics
Can I see the Wedge Iron in action?
You can view the Clover demo of the iron here.
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