Steam Iron

An iron probably isn't the first thing you think of when you consider crafting tools, but you'll need one if your hobby involves fabric.

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Fabric-based crafts and projects aren't finished unless the fabric is crisply pressed and wrinkle-free. Nothing does that better than a good steam iron.

When looking for a quality steam iron, you'll want to take into account how it performs on different kinds of fabrics. Vertical steaming capabilities are also necessary for getting out wrinkles on clothing hanging on mannequins and dress forms or curtains hanging on rods.

The Rowenta brand is known for its high quality, but Kenmore and Singer also make good steam irons. Plan to spend $60 to $150.