In my first lesson with a new student, we go over a list of what I consider to be sewing tool essentials. But as we all know, the sewing store has THOUSANDS of items geared towards helping you sew.
Here is a "sewing notion" that can help more with those little sewing mishaps that can occur. And yes, we all have them. In many of the projects we do in our lessons, we use fusible interfacing which you iron into projects to help stiffen or give a project more shape and body. But what if, when you are ironing the interfacing to your fabric, you get some of the glue on the iron! YIKES! You get lots of brown, goopy glue all over your iron.
Here is a wonderful product to help you clean your iron: Dritz Hot-Iron Cleaner
This can be found in the same area of your sewing store where you find the pins, needles, seam rippers, etc. This is considered a "sewing notion" so when those go on sale for 50% next time, pick yourself up a tube. It will last you a while.
Here is how to use it:
First turn on your iron and put it on its hottest setting.
Squeeze a pea-sized amount of the hot iron cleaner onto a cloth rag. Then wipe the plate of your iron (repeat as needed) until it is as clean as a whistle! This stuff is great...really. There may be other brands than Dritz but this is what I usually find at my local stores. And this is why I tell students that I would rather they get glue on my iron and not my ironing board cover. Because it is so easy to clean off! And it works to get off other things from your iron like mineral deposits from the water amongst other things. =)