Goodbye Clover Iron

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The bad news is…

The rumors have been flying since market that the Clover Craft Iron is being discontinued.  It’s my favorite iron for spray starch appliqué and this would be upsetting news.  Yesterday I was on a mission to find out for sure.  It’s true.  For now the iron is no longer being made.

The good news is…

By fall market they should have another Clover Craft Iron to take it’s place.  Clover says the production plant has closed.  They are moving production to another plant in Japan.  Hopefully in time for fall market.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed.  Sure would miss this little girl.  Maybe when they make the new one they could offer it in pink!  A small pink iron with the Clover sharp little point.  That would be heaven.


So my little iron has to last another four months.  She is on the endangered species list and believe me no one gets near her but me.

Oh, and Kathy in Massachusetts, pour yourself a cup of coffee and have it with me!  Good Morning!



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  • Caryn - Is it the one you have pictured? I have a different Clover mini iron with interchangable tips – I wonder if that one is history too?ReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - Do you think it would be better to try to find one now or wait till the new one comes out? I hate it when they discontinue good items.ReplyCancel

  • Peaceful Piecer - my iron like that was major aggravation….cord wouldn’t stay in the iron….don’t know if it was clover….would love a small iron that stays together and gets good and hotReplyCancel

  • pdudgeon - i’ve never seen their irons before, just have the mini presser.

    and BTW, what’s that pretty fabric you’re pressing? inquiring quilters wanna know…ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have a Hobbico iron that I love for spray starch applique.ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - I have a mini Clover iron…do you find working with this bigger one is easier for your applique’? If so, I might need to think about getting one of the new ones when they come out!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Pink would be good…..hope you iron last longer than 4 months…do they have a short life span?ReplyCancel

  • kjb139 - Good Morning to you too Anne! I was delighted to hear from you via the blog!! I was getting ready to send out a rescue party!

    Kathy in MassachusettsReplyCancel

  • madrekarin - I like your idea for a pink iron. Clover, are you listening? I’ve yet to venture into applique. I have all of your patterns printed off for your applique blocks and a heap big albatross of intimidation looming over my shoulder.
    One day, one day……..ReplyCancel

  • Beth - Oh no! That’s horrible. I know what you mean, I do the same method for applique and it’s perfect for it. I have a brand new in the box backup one.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - So I just bought the Clover mini-iron with the interchangeable tips. I am wondering also if that is being discontinued. I also have a Hobbico mini iron and I really like that one too as the tip gets into small places nicely.ReplyCancel

  • dotti white - I will have to look for the new one that comes out (in pink!) because it looks like a wonderful tool!ReplyCancel

  • Scottish Nanna - I have never seen an iron like this before I dont know if they have them here in Australia.
    Hugs Mary.ReplyCancel

  • Goosegirl - Oh I want one, and I do hope it arrives in pink! Pink is the best color ever!! My Ipod is pink. My camera is pink. My phone is kind of pink. Yeah, pink would be good.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - No, no, say it isn’t so.
    I’d better stock up now, because thats the only iron I can use for the starch applique. argh!ReplyCancel

  • mascanlon - Well I found an alternative a few years ago. A dry iron (its electric, don’t worry) from The Vermont Country Store catalog. It gets into small spots, doesn’t leave steam hole marks and gets plenty hot. Perfect for starch technique applique. I just checked the website and they still carry them for about $29.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hi Anne, I also love this iron and hope the new one is improved and pink. I also love their 1/4 ” bias maker. I have begged for a 1/8″ one but one of their salespeople told me that if I could do it by hand he would pass the info request on. I do it by hand all the time but nothing yet. Maybe there are more appliquers like me out there that want a 1/8″ bias maker. It would be so much easier then doing it by hand. mahladybugReplyCancel