Whenever you’re quilting or sewing, you’ll find that you’ll need a iron to flatten the seam to make easier stitching. So, this post is the 9 best irons to buy for sewing and quilting.
What do I mean by flattening the seams? Well, when you’re piecing a quilt you need to press the seams. So, that when you stitch the quilt blocks together, they go together easier and neater.
Nesting is also another word for stitching the seams together so that they will line up. Getting your seams to line up perfectly is hard, I still don’t always get my seams to line up. But, pressing can help with that and the more you do it the better you’ll get.
And pressing the seams will help to set the stitches. You can press the seams a couple different ways. I like press my quilt seams open, that to me makes your seams less bulky. But, you can also press your seams to the side.
There are so many different irons on the market today, so which one do you pick? The best steam iron for you, does not have to be the most expensive. There is a wide price range for irons, you can get high quality irons for reasonable prices.
Here below are 9 great irons you can use for sewing and quilting. And I hope that this helps you to find the best quilting iron for your projects.
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1. The Quilted Bear Mini Iron
I love my mini iron, to me it’s the best iron for small projects like doll clothes. Or for pressing the seams of quilting projects. And this is a good iron for traveling and has a ceramic soleplate.
This iron has a steam function like the bigger irons. But, you don’t press a button for steam, if the steam is turned on. You just start to iron and steam starts coming out the steam holes.
Or, you can use this smaller iron as a dry iron. But, steam will really help to press down your seams.
2. Mini Sunbeam Iron
Here’s another great iron for your sewing and quilting projects. The small size is great, and this one has a shot of steam button. So, you can have a little extra steam right where you want it.
This iron has a fabric type selection knob and a non stick soleplate. And it has dual voltage (120v/240v), so it also great for travel. It has a easy fill water tank.
The compact design makes for great ease of use with ironing smaller details.
3. Sunbeam Steammaster Iron
Here is the perfect iron for everyday use or for sewing projects. And this one has a stainless steel soleplate, with a 8-foot retractable cord, and anti-drip system. It’s a great iron and a good choice for ironing your sewing projects.
This top-quality iron has a large water tank and a spray mist feature. It has 1400 watts of power and a auto shut-off feature and has a great steam output.
4. Panasonic NI-WL 600 Cordless Iron
Yes, this iron has a cordless design, so you don’t have to mess with a long cord. The iron can be either a steam iron or a dry iron, and has adjustable steam settings so you can pick the best option for your project.
The iron has a curved stainless-steel soleplate that is dual tipped, both with a precision tip. This is my top pick for the best cordless iron and you could also use this as your regular iron.
5. Hamilton Beach Iron
Here is another iron that’ll be great for your fabric. Regular size irons are great for large projects, and this one has a durable non-stick soleplate. And this one has more steam power to help you get rid of the stubborn wrinkles in the fabric.
This iron has a self-cleaning feature and heat settings for different fabrics. It’s prefect if you need a new iron for everyday or sewing.
6. Beautural Steam Iron
Here is another great choice for a steam iron. This one has a pointed tip for precision ironing. And has fast heating, so you don’t have wait for the iron to get hot.
It also has a ceramic coated soleplate for great durability. This one has three safety features for auto shutoff, it will shut after 8 minutes when sitting upright, and within 30 seconds if tipped over or lying horizontally.
7. Sundu Steam Iron
What I love about this iron is that it has the narrow tip, which would makes it easier for smaller details. This iron also has steam mode settings, so you can adjust the amount of steam you want.
And you can iron different types of materials with this iron. Plus, this iron has a large water reservoir, so you’re not always having to fill it up. It has a anti-drip system, self-cleaning, and a long 8 foot cord.
8. Mini Oliso Iron
This is a Oliso M 2 mini iron. It is a smaller iron, but it also has a temperature control dial. Which is a great feature for these small types of irons.
This iron has a ceramic soleplate with a precision tip. It also has a 8 foot cord, and a steam button and comes with a silicone rest. This is a great option for smaller project or details and is not as bulky as a big iron.
9. Black + Decker Easy Steam (Budget Friendly)
I decided that iron number 9 is going to be a budget-friendly iron. And this Black and Decker iron is definitely budget friendly. The iron is under twenty dollars and I like standard irons for ironing my fabric on the ironing board before I cut the fabric.
Traditional irons are great for everyday use or for sewing and quilting.
How to make your iron last longer
Here is a simple trick to make your iron last a long time. For best results use distilled water in your iron, not tap water. Then your irons steam holes won’t get clogged and the iron won’t leave mineral deposits on your fabric.
All of these irons above would be a excellent choice for a quilting iron. They have unique features and would be great tools to have next to your sewing machine.
Some of these irons even have auto-shutoff after they’ve been on for long periods of time. But, that to me isn’t a big deal, because I usually always unplug my iron when I’m done or go to walk away. But, that’s great if you like to leave your iron plugged in or get busy doing other stuff.
I hope that y’all like my 9 top picks for quilting irons, and that it helps you to pick out the best iron for you. And your quilting iron does not have to be a professional steam iron, but you’ll want to read the reviews to make sure you’re getting the best iron you can.
Thank you for reading my 9 best irons for sewing and quilting post.
Check out some of my other quilting post.
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