The tailor’s goose iron was a long and thin iron, compared to its household counterpart, with handles that resemble that of a goose’s neck. It was traditionally used by tailors for smoothing fabric and pressing seams. There were usually multiple irons in rotation: one in use and at least one other being heated over coals or stove. Early flat irons needed to be gripped with some sort of rag to avoid burns to the user’s hand. Later designs incorporated methods of having cooler handles for example: a wooden handle.