March 16, 2012 at 9:06 am
by Suzonne Stirling
If you’re a seamstress or a quilter, then you know how handy it is to have a good, portable iron – especially if you go to retreats. But I’m not a quilter and I seem to need one regularly, whether it’s for steaming wrinkles out of felt, smoothing out ribbon or fabric, applying iron-on webbing or adhesive, even touching up paper on occasion. On top of that, my craft quarters are tight, so I end up ironing in one spot and working in another, which is not the most efficient set-up. Until now.
I finally invested in a small tabletop ironing board that I can keep stashed in my craft space and I’ve added a portable, collapsible iron to my arsenal. The Rowenta First Class Travel Iron is easy to use and store, and just right for crafting needs. Folding up to 7.8 inches and weighing under 2 lbs., it’s the perfect tool to keep on hand. It serves as a vertical steamer (great for felt and items that drape) and has a high precision tip that fits into all the tight areas that a regular iron can’t (another HUGE plus for crafting, which often involves a lot of little details). It’s dual voltage, and in addition to the vertical steaming option, has a burst of steam function for stubborn wrinkles and a full temperature range from delicate to cotton/linen. On top of that, it comes in a zippered storage bag, though I suspect you’ll use it often enough that you won’t even bother putting it away.