Egg O’ My Heart – Presenting My New Puff Iron

Hello all you happy crafters! It’s national crafting month and I have a fun product to show you that will help you with your fabri-crafts 0 the puff iron. I’ve been looking at Vin-Max puff irons on eBay for a while now and decided to take the plunge and buy one.

My New Puff Iron
My new puff iron bolted to my sleeve board
The Vin-Max Puff Iron

That’s it – that odd looking thing bolted to my sleeve board. They’re clever little devices that let you easily press gathered seams, ruffles, puffs and the like without ironing in wrinkles. The idea is simple – an egg shaped metal element that heats, up over which you draw the fabric to be ironed – the opposite of running an iron over your fabric. The puff iron egg fits easily into the gathered seam. According to the instructions you can also use it to lift the pile on crushed velvet and block your dented hats. It’s a great idea actually, sort of an iron and a pressing ham rolled into one. I decided to test the iron with a pair of antique edwardian sleeves I have. They are made of linen and gathered into the cuffs and were quite wrinkled as you can see below.

Wrinkled antique Edwardian line sleeve

The process

To begin with I plugged in the iron and turned it on. It took about 5 minutes to warm up.
Once warm I placed the sleeve over the iron and gave it a spritz with water, then lightly drew the fabric across the it.

The sleeve on the puff iron

The Results

It worked like a charm! I can’t wait to try it for velvet.Draw the sleeve across the egg-shaped iron

The Conclusion

A puff iron is a great little tool to have if you sew and they’re nice for crafting too. A few caveats, however. If you want one be prepared to pay for it – at least on eBay. They’re popular and usually go for $60 to $100.

The results! Wrinkles pressed out without a bulky flat iron

They’re also a little dangerous – they get very hot and, unlike an iron they don’t face away from you when you’re working with them. You run the risk of brushing up against it and getting a burn. For me, the benefits outweigh the risks and I’ll be using my iron for many projects. If you decide to look for one, search for “puff iron” on eBay. They come up fairly often.

There are all sorts of possibilities for this little item. What uses can you come up with? Incidentally, look for those sleeves in my Etsy shop soon!

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