I'd be lost without my sleeve board. If you look closely enough you'll see it still has its $5 label on it from an op shop.... so long ago I can't remember. Making hats and bags means LOTS OF NOOKS AND CRANNIES and tiny enclosed spaces to press. I'd be absolutely lost without it.
I also have a Clover Mini-iron - which is good for pressing tiny little purse seams open, and pressing seams open on bag straps.
It's something that's handy, but not essential for me. (I think if I did stained glass applique it'd have more use!!). I have more uses for a big steam iron, but for the things that it is good at, the mini-iron works a treat.
I think that Clover are currently re-designing this product. There were a few things in the original design that some people didn't like.
My main problem with it is that the stand is too flimsy, so I use a ceramic plate to rest it on.