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Rowenta First Class Travel Iron

How about a nice, warm welcome for new Craft Critique reporter Cassandra Darwin!

Cassandra Darwin started “officially” crafting with scrapbooks and rubber stamping about 15 years ago, but she’s pretty sure she was born with the crafty gene. She continues to scrapbook, makes cards, homemade books, and is just entering the world of sewing and quilting. She’s been known to collect crafting supplies rather than use them – paper, glitter, stickers, ribbons, fabric, etc. – and is hoping that this new reporting gig will push her to use all of these fabulous finds.

She lives in San Diego, California with her very supportive husband and the cutest wiener dog you’ve ever seen. She has a full time job at an office, but loves coming home and creating something fresh at the end of the day. You can learn more about Cassandra and her passion for all things crafty here: http://freshcrafts.blogspot.com/

Reported by Cassandra Darwin

I recently got my first “real” sewing machine and decided that it was time I try my hand at quilting:


All of the experienced quilters in my family helped me get started with a list of supplies – rotary cutter, self-healing mat and ironing board combo (that’s a whole different review), and one of the most important items: the iron. I have a standard iron that I thought would be just fine to use on my first quilting project. Boy was I wrong! My mom recommended I get a travel iron with a pointy tip to keep me from getting frustrated, and after using her Rowenta I went out and got the exact same one.

The small size fits very nicely in your hand, and it is light-weight and easy-to-maneuver:

The pointy tip is great for quilting with small pieces and getting a very precise crease:

The plate on this iron glides more smoothly than any other iron I have used. There are also a multitude of steam settings on this little powerhouse, and I usually only have to refill the water tank once during a quilting session.

Since this is a travel iron, the handle folds down and it all fits into the included zippered carrying case for easy portability (5″ x 8″ x 4″). Overall, it is the perfect iron for quilters of all experience levels, and I have a feeling that I will be using this iron for everyday uses as well because it is so convenient.

Pros:

  • Compact size and included carrying case.
  • Precision tip for excellent quilting creases.
  • Heats up quickly, and steams better than my regular iron.
  • Two features I have not tried: you can use the iron as a vertical steamer to get wrinkles out of clothes, and you can also change the power settings from 120V to 240V if you’re traveling internationally.

Cons:

  • Carrying case is not heat-proof, so you have to let the iron cool down before packing it up.
  • I find it easier to fill up the water tank with a little measuring cup with a spout, and they do not include one.

Any quilters out there who have used the Rowenta First Class Travel Iron and want to sing its praises? Or do you have something that works better? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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5 Responses to Rowenta First Class Travel Iron

  1. IamSusie March 22, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    Welcome, Cassandra! I don’t have this Rowenta travel iron, but I do have a regular size Rowenta and it is terrific iron, much better than any other one I’ve ever used. My MIL visited and did a bit of her own ironing with my Rowenta and promptly went home and got one for herself because it was so much better than the iron she’d been using.

  2. rush8888 March 22, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    i have the little craft iron that is very compact…can’t remember the name. i would throw that out in a minute for anything to replace it. the cord is no longer staying put where it belongs. i wish you would have given the price of this. it is probably expensive, but it is worth taking a look at.

  3. c.darwin March 22, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    This iron retails for about $40 but there are a lot of places where you can use a coupon to get it (I did!).

  4. Jessica March 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    Welcome Cassandra! I’ve always wondered if I needed a little iron to add to my stash. That looks like a nice one!

  5. Julie T. March 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    I’ve been thinking of getting a Rowenta. This article helps the research… thanks, Cassandra, and welcome!