Now I've gone and done it. Just got me an electric hat stretcher: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8285481444&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1 I've not researched them much, and know little about them, but I'm pleasantly surprised at the price. I was prepared for twice as much, at least. Anyone know the brand, Domke & Ulm? The Amco ones seem more common, selling for $100+. I've bought a number of hats that through poor choice or bad description are too small. The heated stretcher may be the difference between selling those or wearing them. But I don't how to properly use it, other than what might occur to me by common sense. How much can I push a hat with this? Do I steam or wet the hat first? Fold the sweat down or leave up? Dampen the sweat first, or coat with conditioner? Can it work on straws? Any tips (or copies of vintage instructions ) appreciated.