Pressing Matters – Part 1

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great week!  I have gotten a lot done – but little bits on a lot of things, so it does not appear that I have made much progress….. but it will all come round in the end!
I am starting my Pressing Posts – I am talking about different types of irons, as well as the actual ironing and pressing itself.  Not to be forgotten, of course, are the ironing NOTIONS.  For those of you who have spent any time with me, you know I am all about notions that can make my sewing life easier / faster, as long they enable me to keep up my standard of sewing.

I am starting with small irons first.  I have pictured 2 travel irons ( Oliso  and Steamfast), as well as 2 Clover Craft irons.  I will also say a bit about the Reliable Ovo travel iron (not pictured above).

Normally I give Reliable irons high marks – they are made by a company that makes industrial steam irons, which is their focus.  I have had 3 Reliable irons over the years and have been very happy with them.  For me, their ravel iron (the Ovo) misses the mark.  My biggest complaint came about 3 minutes after I took it out of the box for the first time.  You can’t really see here, but there are little plastic feet that hold it upright (sitting on an ironing board, for example).  The feet are not stable enough for the weight/design of the iron.  The iron tipped over, fell, and the feet promptly broke off.  I now have to use it with a silicone pad.  While using a pad is not a problem, the fact that the iron is not stable enough to stand is (my Quality Assurance background coming through 🙂 ).  Bottom line – the iron does heat up, but it is not my go to mini-iron, and I do not carry them.

Next up is the Steamfast iron.  There is a new version of this, and they both work well.  The nose is quite rounded, so it is hard to get into some areas on garments.


Steam is OK – you can see it has 5 steam holes on the sole plate.  I rate this above the OVO, and does the job of a travel iron.

Next up is the new Oliso Mini Iron.  This is fairly new – they came on the market last fall, and come in pink or yellow.  Oliso full sized irons are known for their ‘feet’ – you do not stand their irons upright, but keep them with the sole plate on the the ironing surface.  This activates the sensor and feet pop out, pushing the iron up from the surface.

The Oliso Mini Iron does NOT have feet, but it is also not made to stand up.  It comes with its own silicone cover/pad.  When the iron is on but not in use, you set the iron on the silicone pad to keep it from burning your ironing surface.

When you are finished with the iron and ready to pack it away, the silicon pad snaps on to the sole plate of the iron.  This helps to keep the hot iron from damaging anything around it, and keep the sole plate from getting scratched.  This is definitely a plus in my book!

Another thing I like about the Oliso Mini iron is the sole plate.  Not only does it have 10 steam holes (yeah!), it also has a nice point at the top.  The tendency for most of the mini irons is to have a rounded top at the top of the sole plate.  I really like having the point, so I can get in close when I am pressing.

Next up is my first Clover Mini-iron.  A new notion, but oh, the pain!  You turn it  on, the metal heats up, and you can use the tip to iron in out of the way places!  the tiny tip looks like a mini trowel and can really reach in out of the way places.  the only problem was that ALL of the metal heated up – the hole bar, not just the tip.  Let me tell you, it was REALLY easy to bump the bar and it made really good blisters!  Several years after this was introduced, Clover came out with an upgraded version.  The big ‘sell’ was that it had multiple tips that were interchangeable.  Neat but this tip worked fine.  Then I saw the new version!

The barrel is mostly covered with a red plastic guard.  I could hear the angels singing!  Can you say #Nomoreburntfingersforme?

You can see how I can still put my fingers toward the tip, allowing for more control, with out putting my skin on the barrel itself.  It still does get hot, but I do not have to touch it.  I still have the original version, but once I got the new version, my old Clover mini-iron was safely tucked away.  Just a heads up – the tip does get HOT, so you need a silicone pad or some thing to rest it on, so it will not burn your pressing surface.

Takeaway:  Of the 2 mini or travel irons, I like the new Oliso the best because 1) it had a pointed sole plate and 2) lots of stream.  You can see them here
Clover mini-irons – if you are going to invest on 1 of these, make sure you get a version that has a guard around the barrel.

Whatever you use, make sure you have an iron that will do the job – reach into small areas, produce adequate steam, and get hot enough to press.

I hope you week goes well – I will be posting some pictures of my new class samples.

Happy Stitching,



8 thoughts on “Pressing Matters – Part 1

  1. Your post is very good information and timely for me as I just made the travel iron tote by Sisters Common Thread. I’m all set to travel now, just waiting for life to return to normal and somewhere to go!

  2. I bought the Oliso mini iron with your recommendation at a class and LOVE it! Even the grandgirls like using it.

  3. Have you ever tried the Rowenta travel iron? I am very happy with mine, pointy tip and lots of holes. Plus it stands upright.

  4. Vaune
    The Osliso mini just arrived yesterday as a birthday gift. I “played” with it this morning. I can’t seem to get a burst of steam as I would like to see. I did have it set to it’s highest heat and pressed the steam buttons at the same time. Any suggestions? I also filled the water well to the top.

    1. Hi Joyce, I usually use mine dry,a s I have a better steam iron when I want STEAM! I am at my FIL’s burial, so don’t have access to my mini, iron,, but call Oliso’s phone number – they have great customer service! Hope all is well,

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