|Image from Walmart.com|
This is the iron that I bought after dropping off the Clover Mini Iron II - The Adapter Set, Clover Cooling Stand, and Clover Cooling Tote at the UPS store to be returned to Amazon. I was searching for another Black & Decker Travel Iron to replace the one I have that is about to give out, but Walmart doesn't seem to carry it anymore.
Usually I would turn back to Amazon for something of this nature for a better deal, but since things have not been going very well lately, I was seeking some instant gratification and decided to look in my local stores for a replacement iron. As I said, I was looking for something small. Ironing a Littlefee-sized dress is quite difficult with a full-size iron! Shoulder straps and narrow hems usually result in burnt fingers and wrinkles where I don't want them. xD.
I first went to Walmart, since I figured that I would find the best prices in town there, and it was the closest to the UPS store. They didn't have any travel-sized irons at all. But on the very bottom shelf, I spotted a small box with the price $9.97 marked below it. I picked one box up and peeked inside, finding an iron that was larger than the travel-sized iron that I had been using, but was smaller than the full-sized iron that I own. It's maybe 2/3 the size of the full-sized one. I figured that I could probably make it work, and it would probably work better for me with the smaller size since I have small hands. So I went ahead and purchased it. It rang up for less than it was marked, which surprised me. It rang up as $6.54; $7.10 after sales tax. I guess it was on sale or something -- there were several of these irons available. I figured that if it didn't work out, it wouldn't be a huge loss.
I tried it out once I got it home, and I have to say that so far I'm really pleased. It heats up very quickly, which is a plus in my book. It was ready to go in about 10 seconds. And it got plenty hot to press fabric to my satisfaction. This iron has one review on the Walmart website, and it isn't a good one -- the reviewer stated that the iron got too hot and didn't produce much steam. I like my irons hot, and I don't plan on using the steam feature anyway since I seem to have bad luck with putting water in the reservoir on any steam iron. I just keep a spray bottle full of water nearby and spritz whatever I'm ironing lightly and it works fine for me. :) You can always adjust the iron to a lower setting if it's too hot -- it's entirely possible that the iron runs a bit hotter than it should based on how quickly it heated up. I think things will be fine as long as the normal precautions are taken -- set it on a solid surface, keep it upright when not in use, unplug when not in use, etc.
I'd personally recommend it for use on doll-sized sewing projects, just be mindful of the type of fabric being worked with and use some common sense with the temperature settings. Testing on a scrap piece would probably be helpful. ^^ And really, it's hard to beat less than $10 for something that does what I need it to. The Clover Mini Iron II - The Adapter Set is around $40. After adding the Cooling Stand and Cooling Tote, I paid about $67 for everything, and it didn't work out for me. The saying "you get what you pay for" need not apply here.