An iron is one of the most necessary pieces of equipment that you need when you sew. I have a great Rowenta iron that I absolutely love. I wanted a small iron to take with me when I give sewing lessons. I found the Steamfast Mini Steam Iron on Amazon and it is perfect for the job.
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In deciding which travel iron to get, I wanted something small but it had to have good steam capability. I looked at Amazon's travel irons that were the highest rated and went from there. The Steamfast Mini Steam iron had great reviews. It seems that many quilters were using it to take to classes.
Here are the descriptions of each of these irons:
- Purchased August 16, 2016
- Paid $89.99
- 400 steam microholes
- Auto off
- 10 ounce water tank
- Steam output adjusts to temperature
- Self cleaning
- 1700 watts
- Dimensions 11 x 5 x 6 inches
- Weight of 3.4 lbs
- March 20, 2017
- Paid $24.97
- 4 steam outlets
- 1.4 ounce water tank
- Steam function only on highest setting
- 420 watts
- Dimensions 3 x 5.2 x 3.1 in
- Weight of 1 lb
- 120/240 volts
- Travel bag
After having found the perfect iron in the Rowenta DW5080, I was skeptical that I would be satisfied with any other iron. I trusted the reviews of the Steamfast SF-717 Home-and-Away Mini Steam Iron and gave it a try.
At first I couldn't get it to heat up correctly. I read the manual and realized I had to set it for 240 volts. Then I ended up with a wet mess when I tested it on a piece of fabric. I was about to return this iron but thought I would give it another try. I pulled out the manual again. I realized that I thought I had it set for the highest temperature because I put the dial to the top of the iron. Then I realized there was a tiny arrow at the bottom of the iron. Once I had it set correctly, it steamed perfectly.
The true test was to iron out some folds on a piece of muslin. At first I was not that impressed. Because the iron is so lightweight I had to press a little harder. I still was not satisfied. Then I realized that I was centering the iron on the folds. Once I centered the steam holes over the fold it did a much better job. As you can see, it was not perfect. But for my ease of use and the size, I think it will work great to carry to a lesson.
If you are considering this iron for fabrics other that cotton or linen that need a lower setting, the steam function would not be able to be used.
The Steamfast Mini Steam Iron cooled quickly so I could put it in the travel bag. This could easily hook onto the velcro strap of my Omnigrid Portable Cutting & Pressing Station for easy transport. Ready to go.
Have you found an iron you love? Do you have any easy sewing transport tips? Let me know.