Do you travel to retreats? An avid foundation paper piecer? Maybe you travel for work? The new travel iron from Reliable might be your next best friend. I don't get to travel to quilt retreats or classes often but I love foundation paper piecing. Having a small travel iron combined with a Wooly Felted Wonder ironing mat, speeds up the process considerably. I keep both right next to my machine so that I do not have to jump up and down to iron each piece. I have owned the Steamfast for over a year and was really excited when I heard Reliable had designed a travel iron. I already own and love a full size Reliable Velocity 200IR so I jumped at the opportunity to test out the new OVO.
In the box you will find the iron, a small cup for filling the steam tank, removable lint brush (not shown), and a handy case. The case has a heat resistant silicone cover on the top which allows you to set the hot iron down. The iron comes equipped with a kickstand, allowing the iron to stand vertically as well.
Like myself, many of you may already own the Steamfast travel iron and are curious about the new OVO. The OVO is nearly twice as big as the Steamfast and a bit heavier. The OVO fits very comfortably in hand, and unlike the Steamfast, the outer shell of the iron does not get as hot to the touch. I found with my Steamfast that they only comfortable place to hold it was the rubber rim around the top. The soleplates are quite different, and I won't say that it didn't take me some time to get used to not having a point on the end. The nose of the OVO sticks out over the soleplate, which took some getting used to. The Steamfast heats up faster than the OVO but the steam capabilities of the OVO are far superior to the Steamfast.
Both the Steamfast and the Reliable OVO are great travel irons. If you are looking for light and inexpensive, the Steamfast, which retails at $29.99, may be your best bet. If you want a higher quality travel iron and don't mind sacrificing a little size and weight, the OVO, which retails at $49.99, is a better option. Personally, I have found I reach for the OVO without hesitation now; it's sleek design and fit-in-your-hand sizing make it perfect for on the road or in the studio. Happy sewing!!!