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A Hot Little Item For Pressing At Your Machine

A review of
Mini Iron

from Clover Needlecraft, Inc.

Clover Mini Iron
Clover Mini Iron

by Sue Fish

The Mini Iron from Clover Needlecraft, Inc. looks very much like a curling iron and is about the same size. At the end, there is a triangular piece about the size of a large coin that heats up so you can use it as an iron.

There is an on/off switch on the cord and two heat settings – low and high. Even though it takes nearly 10 minutes to fully heat, the Mini Iron does get very hot so it will press a seam well. As with any iron, you do have to be careful not to touch the metal parts as they get extremely hot.

I have found the Mini Iron to be very useful, and I’m very happy with it. I like the fact that it is so compact. That makes it convenient to have next to my sewing machine to press with when paper piecing. I keep a pressing mat next to my machine, so it’s very easy to pick up the Mini Iron and press.

The Clover Mini Iron works perfectly with Clover Quick Bias Tape, which needs to be ironed on quilts using the stained glass technique. It would be perfect for applique, too.

After using the iron for awhile, I was not happy with the little stand that comes with it. It kept falling over, so I glued it to a small ceramic tile. That holds it in place well, and if the iron should drop off the stand the ceramic tile protects the surface below.

You can also buy a case made of heat-resistant fabric that makes it convenient to take your Mini Iron to classes.

I highly recommend this product.

Sue Fish is a Quilter’s Review reader and was kind enough to share her experiences with the Clover Mini Iron. If you have a product you’d like to review, please contact me.

- Sharon

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Readers’ Comments:

Myrna R. writes:

“I also have a Clover Mini Iron and I love it. I am an appliquer who uses the starch and press method exclusively. The Mini Iron is perfect for pressing the seam allowance over the template. And the best thing is that the starch doesn’t collect on the iron.

“I agree with your reviewer who said the stand leaves a lot to be desired. I experienced the same thing she did. She has a good idea in securing it to a tile. That will be the next thing on my ‘honey-do’ list.”

Judy K. writes:

“I think that Clover made the rod between the hot tip and the handle
far too long. It makes the iron awkward to use if you are sitting
down
. I cannot understand why the company made that ‘stem’ so long. Perhaps I am the only person who is very disappointed with this product.”

Cherry G. writes:

“I love the Mini Iron and use it for hand piecing, as I sit in front of the
TV, working on a small lap desk, usually doing string quilting or flip and sew. I have a small potholder on the lap desk that I use as an ironing surface, and I flip and press each piece as I sew it.

Couldn’t live without this gadget and intend to get another one to use by the sewing machine in my quilt studio.”

Judy B. writes:

“I have a newly-purchased Clover Mini Iron and Sue’s review was very informative. I’ll glue the stand to a tile today. She’s saved me from the frustration of it always tipping over. I will also keep it next to my sewing machine.

“I bought it strictly for stained glass applique…..but now I can really utilize it! Thanks! Keep up the good work. I’m new to this world of quilting and I’m hustling to learn as fast as I can.”

Terry A. writes:

“I also found the Clover Mini Iron to be very useful for pressing
paper-piecing at my sewing machine
, rather than going to the iron after every piece of fabric is added. I found that since the pressing piece of Mini Iron is so small, I did not even need a pressing surface.

“Instead of using the stand, I have a glass canister about 7 inches tall in which I rest the Mini Iron. I have had no problems with the canister getting too hot, even when the iron is set on high, and there is no possiblity of accidentally touching the plate while the iron is resting on the stand.”

Terri B. writes:

“I happened to obtain the Clover Mini Iron when it first came out and am very glad I did. I, too, have it right next to my sewing machine and use it quite a lot. It makes doing applique so much easier and when working my minature teddy bear patterns, I couldn’t be happier.

“Between the Clover Mini Iron and the Fiskars scissors, I don’t know which makes me happier. Now if only they’d invent a robot to do the housework!

Virginia T. writes:

“Thank you, Sue, for your suggestion about gluing the little stand to a ceramic tile. I thought there was something wrong with me because I have read numerous rave reviews about the Mini Iron, but I found it to be a nuisance rather than a help because of the stand falling over all the time.

“Also, I burned my hand by picking the iron up by the metal part just in front of the handle. I won’t do that again!

March 22, 2001
Cher S. writes:

“I used the Clover Mini Iron as my only iron on a recent vacation.

“I was sewing a lot of small pieces into blocks and found that over an extended period of time using it, the handle got warm and the iron wasn’t hot enough for pressing long seams. It got very uncomfortable to hold over a three-hour bout of sewing.”

March 26, 2001
Annette J. writes:

“Probably the length of the ‘iron’ part is so
you don’t burn yourself
. Or perhaps so it won’t heat up the handle.

“I would try purchasing a stand for a stained glass soldering iron. They are approximately the same thing and are pretty sturdy stands.”

March 27, 2001
Marie C. writes:

“When using the mini-iron I place it in a coffee mug, handle end down, instead of on the flimsy wire stand. This keeps it in plain view and avoids burns to fingers, fabric, and tools. Enough of the handle sticks out of the mug that I can grab it without accidentally touching the hot metal shaft.”

March 27, 2001
Lucille S. writes:

“When using the stand, if I placed it so that the clover leaf shape of the base was pointing away from the iron, it kept falling over. When I turned the base around so that the clover leaf shape was pointing toward the handle of the iron, it seems to stand up and hold the iron without falling.”

April 9, 2001
Julie S. writes:

“I did not know the long silver shaft gets so hot! It is hot enough to burn fabric on the ironing board. I am lucky I caught it in time before it became a hazard.”

April 9, 2001
Patricia S. writes:

“The Clover Mini Iron stand proved a problem for me, too. My husband found a wonderful solution by purchasing a stand for a soldering pencil (a common fixture on an electronics workbench) for about $7. With a slight modification, I now have a safe and stable stand for the mini iron.”

January 14, 2002
A Quilter’s Review reader writes:

I was shopping around for a mini iron for applique, and I purchased the Clover Travel Iron instead. It is not the one that looks like a curling iron. It looks just like a regular iron, but is very small.

If you have a hard time with the wand type of mini iron because the head is kind of far away from you, give this one a try. It is small and light, great for classes or next to your machine.

It has a water well for spraying, but no steam. It unsnaps into a very flat unit for travel, but is very sturdy when assembled for pressing. It is available at ConnectingThreads.com.

January 20, 2002
Anne N. writes:

I find the mini iron most useful for small fusible applique pieces. In fact, I consider it essential for the tiniest pieces.

January 20, 2002
Laurie F. writes:

I absolutely love my Clover Mini Iron! I use it to press over that 1/4″ seam when using freezer paper, pressing small seams. It packs easily in my quilt case when I am traveling to classes and you also can purchase a
protective cover made of heat resistant fabric. Everyone should have one.

January 21, 2002
Charlotte M. writes:

I recently purchased a new larger stand for my mini iron. I’m pretty sure I found it at Connecting Threads. It’s got a long wooden base with two wire holding stands so it’s much safer to use.

See the stand Charlotte bought here

January 25, 2002
Gail H. writes:

Instead of a mini iron, I use a clean glue gun (without the glue) for pressing. It works just as well on seams. And even without the shaped foot that the mini iron has, my glue gun still gets the job done on applique, as well.

January 31, 2002
A Quilter’s Review reader writes:

After reading the comments on the Clover Mini Iron, I’m thinking of trying a regular curling iron. I have a 2″ iron that gets really hot. It has its own stand and has an automatic shut-off. It only takes a few seconds to re-heat after it shuts off.

I would use it on a pressing ham, or I would finger-press the blocks, then slide them into the curling iron’s clip to hold and press for a few seconds.

I like the idea of the iron in a mug. I also like the idea of the iron on a soldering iron stand. I think the idea of using a glue gun for pressing is the berries!

March 23, 2002
A Quilter’s Review reader writes:

The Clover Mini Iron is essential for anyone who does
paper-piecing. It can be used right by the sewing machine.

I, too, was
annoyed with the stand that it comes with, so I now use an old ceramic
coffee cup
. It works very well and is quite a bit safer for the three young
children I have around me.

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