Adam Savage's Favorite Tools: Fabric Steamer (and a New Hat!)

Joylandi 18-May, 2021
Rolling Garment Steamer:
Portable Fabric Steamer:

Adam tries on a new hat he just bought, and in the process shows how he can make use of a garment steamer and wooden hat stretcher to make this new fedora fit better. For cosplayers and costumers, a good garment steamer is an essential piece of equipment, and portable fabric steamers like ones you find in hotel rooms are oftentimes preferred over irons!

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    • @Chris Dawson was kind of suprised that the little steamer cost like $300 or $400 new, a lot of money.

    • For those that may not know... ALWAYS use Distilled water in steamers. If you use tap water, it will build up mineral deposits over time which can lead to damaging the heating element and cause the handpiece spit out mineral flakes which can stain. If you're a cosplayer, this is something to watch out for out if you're using ones in hotels. Try testing on one of the towels first. Also, please be safe when using steamers, they can cause unbelievably painful burns in a hurry. Use even more caution when using steamers that build pressure. I've used them for years doing Street Rod Upholstery. One day I was letting my steamer build pressure so I could use it to fit a tailored carpet in some old car. While it was heating up, a coworker was finishing up some wiring underneath the dashboard. Another coworker saw my steamer sitting there and thought that it would be funny to "steam" the armpit of the guy working under the dash. It caused some serious burns in fraction of a second. Believe me, nobody thought it there was anything funny about it. Be safe. Make cool stuff.

    • @Rex Sterling Buchanan alright cool no big deal, kind of looks like a Indiana Jones hat

    • @PARADOX Adam was saying something about the Hat not looking right. I simply pointed out that his brim wasn't big enough for the size of hat

    • @Rex Sterling Buchanan well thats rude

  • That hat definitely looks an inch or so too tall for his head iykwim

  • I bought a little Conair steamer for $10 a few years ago and i was literally just thinking about how useful it has been. Great for cleaning sticky gummy things too.

  • Another good demerit badge would be the dreaded broken tap. I was working on a balloon payload and was tapping a blind hole in a soft copper busbar. Broke the tap, so I just filed down the sharp bits and drilled and tapped a new hole. That broken bit of tap flew to the Stratosphere on several balloon flights.

  • “I found one of these for $30” Open ebay, finally hopeful about hats fitting me, best price ... $600AUD plus shipping. I need to start shopping for things Adam recommends 6 months after he recommends them.

  • I watched the first 15 seconds of the vid like a dozen times; Pure gold!!!

  • This reminds me of that hat joke by marc maron...

  • You selling roast beef? The hat looks like you're selling roast beef.

  • Hmm, I’ve got a wool hat that’s just a tad small for me, I should give this a try... Though, I don’t have a steamer, so I’ll probably just boil a kettle of water and hold the hat over the steam from that.

  • Man, you've got to duck the audio when you wrench around the gooseneck the camera's mounted on. The noise is horrible.

  • I feel like that hat fits better in a western, like westworld. You need some 6 shooters and a horse

  • Is it made outta mink felt?

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  • Every good Upholstery Shop also has a Jiffy Steamer. A good inexpensive alternative is a Conair Model GS38R handheld steamer that sells for about $60

  • The camera's POV is monocular. Yours is binocular.

  • Do I wear these types of hats? No. Will I ever need to stretch a hat? Probably not. Did I watch this entire video? You bet. For some reason Adam is just so easy to listen to, regardless of the content!

  • Dunno about this hat dude. Looks like you've got a submarine conning tower on your head.

  • That hat does not work for you Adam. Too high. It just looks a bit silly.

  • when will you show us your breastplate stretcher collection?

  • The open road is a cool hat with a cool cultural history, it was popular with a couple U.S. presidents. I'd love to see you try it with a "cattleman's crease" like it probably came with originally. More yee-haw, which is always fun

  • The best steamer on a budget is using a wallpaper steamer :)

  • he didn't say haberdashery, video is moot.

  • Did Adam steal Indiana Jones' hat? :-)

  • “I haven’t been to a store in a long time” exposes the level of brainwashing you’ve been assaulted by. I’m amazed how many very smart people let fear trample all over their thinking and actions.

  • I have a steamer just like that. I paid about $75 for it, new. It might not be commercial grade, but it generates lots of hot steam.

  • Didn't know Steam was so useful. I mainly use it to play games...

  • Another great alternative to a fabric steamer is using a kettle. I have a few cowboy hats I wear and I use kettles to soften the felt to shape the brims and crown. It's a little more difficult because you're moving the hat around the steam instead of the steam around the hat, but it still works well and I'm sure more people have tea kettles lying around than fabric steamers.

  • My grandpa was a big hat person, he even had a hat stretcher. He would stretch it a bit and then take a small flat hammer and go around the outside like you did with the steamn to help relax the material to the new dimension.

  • Lookin good there partner. 😂✌️

  • This is an in house steamer. Large wheels,easily moved but fairly large. Works great. produces hot steam in about a minute. Flexible hose,brass fittings. Seems like a sturdy quality product.

  • Crown is too tall.

  • tip the front brim down!

  • I fix jiffy steamers Great bit of kit

  • Was this the video Adam went mad as a hatter?

  • Can we all appreciate for a moment that this Video is 13:37 long?

  • Felt doesn't compare well to rope, as rope is twisted or braided (depending on the type of rope) while felt has the strands pretty much randomly oriented and compressed. This is perfectly analogous to hardboard. Hardboard is a form of engineered wood made from the same kind of wood waste as MDF and that stuff Adam used in the Star Wars paint rack he recently posted a build video for. The main difference between these lighter forms of fiberboard and hardboard is hardboard is compressed so hard that the lignin remaining in the material is the only binder it needs, just as there is no additional binder needed in good felt.

  • 7:40 standing in front of the steamer - it looks like steam coming from your ears :D :D :D

  • Soon as Adam put the hat on and remind me myth busters

  • I watched a milliner recently state that the size of a hat will differ depending on the country the hat was made as each country has their own idea of hat size. Also, you can only stretch a hat about a half an inch. Anymore than that, it would be better to size up. The milliner is Evercrumbly & Witch for those who want to know. I'm thinking this hat may have shrunk a bit due to age.

  • heh, adam's favorite tool that falls apart.

  • 1337 nice

  • You need a Cad Bane hat. In fact, I could imagine you doing the whole costume.

  • It’s the brim that’s wonky

  • 10:28 - because the image is framed?

  • I’ve purchased hats from JJ’s

  • I know those steamers are useful, I've used a few before, I understand a gentle steamer is useful for many applications... but, I really dont like them, I'm with the hat makers, pressurized boilers all the way!

  • That beautiful stretcher (piece of art) needs it’s own display pedestal.

  • used one of those daily when i worked in a charity shop. much quicker than ironing clothes. burnt(scalded) my hand a few times when refilling them.

  • crushing the hat could give it a lot of character lol

  • You said there was nothing more you could do to the hat. But you could have worked on the brim. I think that would have helped. The upturned part in the front put me off, but that’s just my opinion. I didn’t think the crown was too high for you, but I tend to wear big brimmed and big crowned hats, I’ve got a big head.

  • I'm wondering could you show us a video on how to make your own hat stretcher?

  • (And a new hat), i could feel Adams smile with that title lmao

  • Kinda like phone books stuck together?

  • You can reshape a felt hat with just plain water. No need for steam or heat. Just soak it, reshape it and let it dry. You'll probably need the heat the stretch the leather band though, especially if it's chrome tan leather.

  • I saw this thing about how berets are made and it's amazing, it was one of those How Its Made vids, I think. They knit the round hat and then they beat it up and wash it and shrink it, and then it becomes felt! All tightly woven and bound together. I had no idea that's how felt worked.

  • Adams last ‘favorite tool’ video will be called Allllllll of them !

  • Stetson Open Road. Accept no substitute.

  • Three words for you: Paul's Hat works. I used to be into the "vintage" scene but which I mean I own many genuine 40's era fedoras as well as many other hats. Not only did they use to clean my vintage hats regularly, but in the 90's Paul's made me a beautiful totally custom fit 20's era Panama style straw hat that I still have to this day. They are experts!

  • Adam, you look great in a tall-crowned hat. You just need to bring the front of the brim down lower.

  • Why not build a steam box for hats. Then attach the steam line directly to the box?

  • Meh...too tall.

  • No the hat doesn't work for you at all. :-) Many years ago a friend said a saying that made me laugh and I think has founds its niche here "Ugly as a hat full of arseholes"

  • The key to ANY hat is confidence. Wear it like you KNOW you can pull it off and others will accept that you can soon enough, then eventually you'll believe it too. But don't go crazy ... some hats just don't work :)

    • Fake it till you make it

    • I live in Texas, so I don't get odd looks wearing Cowboy hats. But when I'm visiting other states, my prepared response is that I'm fair skinned and don't do well in the sun. People don't really argue with that logic and they don't accuse you of trying to be a hipster.

  • "He's just the same Adam Savage he was before." "But he's got a new hat!!"

  • I think it's time you do some millinery. You have all the equipment to make your own hat blocks. And felting is fun

  • Great for upholstery

  • I wrote a whole big comment that got deleted. I bought this steamer to clean Polishing Compound off of metal. The steamers sold to Jewelers are pathetic in comparison and 10 times the price. This machine is an absolute Beast it cleans my house my workshop my every project. It can be used for Steam bending wood. It can produce four minutes of continuous Steam and I have timed it it actually does that! And then it takes only a couple minutes to recharge. The " steam dragon" that's sold to Jewelers can't claim any of that.

  • That crown is pretty tall... It would probably go well with your Chewbacca costume. 😏

  • Brim needs work

  • Someday I want to learn to make my own traditional style hats. I wear size 8 3/4 hat, so I'm significantly above the "one size fits small" that every hat store seems to sell, and the hat stores that do actually understand that not everyone has the same size head rarely go to size 8, let alone above it. I've played around with it, but always on a time crunch for a costume, and never with much success. My health isn't up to dealing with it right now, sadly.

    • @Chris Thanks. It might be fun to work with blanks.

    • @Merennulli there is a style is called an open crown crease. It's a finished hat that is meant to be worn as is, but the crown isn't creased into any shape like most hats are and you could shape it to your preference with a good amount of steam and some stiffener to help hold the shape. Alternatively, you could look online at hat making supply retailers for felt hat blanks or felt hat bodies (I believe they're the same thing just different names). This is just the felt fabric that's shaped into a dome with a brim. I'm not sure if these are stretched to certain sizes or if you have to get it to your size yourself. But these don't have liners, sweatband, or any finishing pieces and you'd have to do that yourself.

    • @Chris Is there a term for those that I should be looking for, or any shop you'd recommend? I looked up "unshaped hats" and all I'm finding is palm leaf, along a music CD by that name.

    • You can buy unshaped hats. it's just the dome pre-stretched out to the size you need and then you can work it to fit your head and style.

  • it looks great on you, Adam! :)

  • I had a really great hat from Thorns in SF but it just never felt like me.

  • You need some heat proof gloves to keep in the shop :-).

  • I use steam to remove dents from wood when I have a refinishing project. Take a damp cloth (once folded) and put it on the dented spot. Let the water soak in for a minute then hit it with an iron.

  • I too have hat anxiety, I never know if I look cool or like a goofus

    • It's always both. Just depends who's looking at you. lol

  • I want a Bolero hat but idk if I could pull one off! 🧐

  • It's you, it's you! It sets off your wig! (Credits to Stan Freberg.)

  • I thought about Indiana Jones ish needed a bow tie

  • A pressure cooker works well too. A couple inches of water, bring to pressure, remove the weight and have at it. All the steam you could want, though not particularly safe.

    • @Seth Carson lol, I honestly wasn't sure. If you go up into the northern US, they don't drink tea regularly like they do in the south. So I figured you might be being honest.

    • @Chris I'm not even sure what tea is. Na, i was just giving you a hard time. I'm from out in the country where we all have a garden and a pressure cooker for canning. A kettle is defiantly a better choice for stretching and shaping the brim, I mostly use a pressure cooker for when i want to steam the whole crown. just set in on top and you get a nice even steam.

    • @Seth Carson I should have said tea kettle. I usually just call it a kettle, but my mind went to water kettle for some reason. Some people call it a teapot, but that is a separate thing. I grew up in the south, so just about every house hold I knew had one for making sweet tea. I see it less with my young adult friends, unless they are into "exotic" teas. I know far less people who own pressure cookers, though I know the instant pot has made them more common place. I would assume more people have kettles than do pressure cookers because kettles are small and you can get them for less than $10 at walmart. They're right with the coffee pots if you want to go look for one.

    • @Chris How many Americans do you know who own a water kettle? I'm not even sure what that is.

    • water kettle is a much better alternative

  • When I'm down in the dumps, I like to buy a new hat. "Oh, so that's where you get them!"

  • Just push the crown out and go buckeroo. I have earned all of those merit badges and then some!

  • A few years ago I made my own stretcher with the blocks shaped exactly to my own head. I found that you have to leave the tension on over night to get a lasting change in size.

  • Looks great on you.

  • Jiffy Steamer - there were two in the men's clothing store I worked at in the 1970s.

  • Hat looks good to me.

  • Looks great!

  • It's a clever way to stretch it, hats off to you.

  • Looks dabber af.

  • If you like hats, you should buy an Aussie icon. The Akubra. Also why are U steaming? No need, just use the sweat of your brow and time stretch it. Less harmful to the material I believe

    • The salt in sweat can stain the fabric and start to break it down. But that adds character so it really depends on the look you're going for.

  • That crown is so tall... it needs a hat band or something to break up the vertical motonony, IMO. The internal band is actually somewhat visible as a ripple from the outside.

  • I already bought the whole set separately of the de-merit badges and they went right on my apron that I also bought. Can’t wait to see where you put your badges though.


  • Darn I was number 667

  • *literally wear an old(ish)knockabout cowboy variant hat that i found on the side of the road years ago...actually pulled my car over and rescued's battered a worn and absolutely prefect for my personality...added a clip on lizard to the side of it to patch a hole that was there...wear it everyday while out in public...matches by magnificent mentat eyebrows and wildly bushy sideburns*

    • "Mentat eyebrows", that's great :D

  • Man I wish I could rock a hat.

  • I literally bought a garment steamer like 20 mins ago, crazy

  • The Open Road style always has a bound edge brim and 4 ligne ribbon. Resistol's version was the San Antonio.

  • Watching Adam trying to put the steamer back together, talking to my screen, "Just turn them off and wait for it to cool down!" Adam: "It's difficult being this impatient." Me: "Okay, valid point."

  • This all reminds me of Marc Maron's amazing hat bit from his Too Real special.

    • It's definitely what would happen to me if I ever bought something other than a baseball cap.

  • The crease on the bottom of the left/rear brim was just....cringy! I hope it's not as bad in person as it seems on camera.