Monday, January 23, 2023

My New Oliso Iron

Isn't it pretty?

I've had a Mini Project Iron from Oliso iron for several years now.  It sits on a wool pressing mat next to my sewing machine.  It heats up fast and is perfect for pressing blocks as I sew.  And its pink!  (You can read my review.)

I was thrilled when Oliso sent me their TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Iron along with the Oliso iron board cover.

I've had them for 2 months and wanted to report on my experience.  

The iron heats up fast and stays hot which means pressing out folds and wrinkles as well as pressing seams all works well.  It has a nice side fill water tank and comes with a narrow cup to help pour in the water.  Another nice feature is a really long cord which helps me out tremendously.

But, by far, the best feature is the magical soleplate.  The iron never needs to be set upright - you let go and it raises up by itself.  You touch the handle again and it lowers itself ready to press.  (Look carefully at my first picture - that iron was hot and I was able to leave the iron on top of my quilt block while I snapped a photo!)

While an ironing board cover isn't as exciting as a new iron, this one is really nice.  I like the dark gray color and it has a lot of padding which helps in the pressing process.

These two irons are great tools to have in my studio.  

P.S. I'm running a quilt-along and one of the lucky grand prize winners will get one of each of these irons!!!  Thanks Oliso!

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I'm definitely spoiled by my Oliso and worry about going to a workshop or retreat with standard irons. I do love how quickly they heat up!

  2. It is always good to have a second iron in the studio...and your 2 are perfect. I have the larger one and like it. I am glad you are enjoying it and the new cover looks divine.

  3. I see a lot of people, like Jenny Doan, using them, and I've thought about it. I haven't taken the step yet, but it is appealing not to have it turn off all the time!

  4. I appreciate your review of the Oliso iron. I've heard mixed reviews. Does the water tank require a particular type of water? Tap? Distilled? Filtered? I think I'd love the raise-up feature that keeps the soleplate off the fabric. But I've heard that they can get stuck if water sediment collects. I'm not trying to be critical, but just wondering if you've experience anything like that. I'm always on the look-out for a good iron, but cannot always find the brand I prefer: T-Fal.

  5. The iron instructions say to use tap or drinking water only or a mixture of the two. Distilled water can make it leak because it's too pure. I just got one last night and that's straight from the manual. My tap water is terrible so I use drinking water in my irons. My mom has had one for several years and hers is still going strong with drinking water.


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