Reviewing the Maven 100IS Iron in my new sewing studio!

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I’m busy unpacking and getting ready to show you more about how we built my 36′ desk (post coming Monday), but in the meantime I wanted to show you this awesome new iron that the folks at Reliable sent me… the Maven 100IS.


I picked this iron because of it’s amazing steam output and it’s adorable shape and look that reminds me of my vintage Little Hottie iron. I first saw it at Spring Quilt Market in SLC and to tell you the truth, I kept going back to play with it, lol!

The Maven is connected to a boiler with almost a liter capacity, so I can get LOTS of consistent steam. To give you an idea of how much steam, let me just say that stetting the Maven at 1/4 pressure gives me the same amount of steam that my previous iron gives at full steam. Impressive.


Even though I prefer a dry iron for quilt piecing, I have found plenty of applications for the powerful steam function. Like getting the folds out of my mini quilts so I can hang them on the wall, (it gets the folds out of new fabric and pre-cut pieces too – yay!)

The little quilt above was blogged here.


Making my own super-flat bias binding (that little tool on the left is my Clover 1” bias tape maker),


And fusing interfacing. I have tried gridded interfacing, woven interfacing, and fusible fleece. The Maven iron fuses like nobody’s business. I’m not kidding! Combined with the consistent high heat I’m getting, my tote bags are going to the next level and I’m so excited about that.

(In case you are wondering, I’m using adorable Retro 30’s Child’s Smile prints from Lecien to make another Speedy Patchwork Tote. This is so I can finally write that handle tutorial that I promised – sorry!)

One last thing to note: there is no auto shut off. Before you write me an email telling me how dangerous that is… let me say that I HATE pressing, sitting down to sew, and then finding my iron is off when I need it again. Sometimes that happens 9 or 10 times in a day and it drives me bonkers! I have no problem remembering to turn off this iron with it’s bright lights anyway. And I that might be my favorite feature.

If you have any questions about the Maven 100IS, check out the Reliable website or leave them for me in the comments. I love how fast and easy it makes pressing!

So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.


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4 Comments

  1. That iron looks amazing! I can’t wait to see your full studio reveal 🙂

  2. I have this steam iron, too, and LOVE it! Just like you, I hate when my iron auto shuts off. Though I really like the auto shutoff feature usually, the bright lights on this little beauty really do help me remember to turn it off. Awesome iron!

  3. I too loathe the auto shut off and took me a very long time to find one without it, my Laura Star iron is wonderful. It will be interesting to see if the Maven becomes available here in the UK. I enjoy your blog tremendously.

  4. Cindy Hamilton says:

    I too hate the auto shut off. I plug my iron in to a power bar with a lamp also plugged in to the same power bar. I always know when the iron is plugged in as the lamp is on. Makes it easy to remember to turn off the power bar as I finish sewing for the day.

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