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.
Featured Tool: Mini Iron by Clover, Item # 81912
Connecting Threads Reviewer: Mari
What is the Mini Iron typically used for?
It’s handy for applique and crafting; I use it for freezer paper appliqué and pressing small pieces.
What was your first impression?
That it wouldn’t work. It’s just so small I didn’t think it would get hot enough.
What was your experience using the Mini Iron like?
It is extremely effective in making the seam allowance on even the smallest pieces stay and the folded edges nice and crisp, and smooth. Just what you need for beautiful appliqué. I now use it all the time for preparing freezer paper appliqué pieces and liquid starch.
How long did it take you to learn how to use it?
The technique takes patience to perfect, so I will say a few days.
What did you like best?
I loved how well it pressed, but especially the smooth edges of even the smallest of appliqué pieces. I will only use this method of appliqué and the Clover Mini Iron. I wear them out about every two years.
What did you like least?
The iron gets extremely hot so I have to be very careful not to burn myself.
Could you see another potential use?
It would be fabulous for making doll clothes or having to press in very small places on garments.
Why do you NEED it?
I wouldn’t appliqué without it. If I don’t have this iron, I don’t appliqué (and I love to appliqué).
Who would appreciate the Mini Iron most?
These are perfect for:
- Intermediate, and expert quilters
- Those making small garments (such as doll clothes)
Can I see the Mini Iron in action?
Yes! Check out the video tutorial here.
Want to protect your surfaces when using the Mini Iron? Try the Mini Iron Wooden Holder, available here.
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