07-05-2015, 09:39 AM
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I like the looks of the old clothes irons and am thinking of getting one. Anyone use them? Any tips on getting a good one? I notice some of them are dry and don't require water.

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 07-05-2015, 10:07 AM
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You just know someone is going to ask this, so I will just ask and get it out of the way.  What is a clothes iron?  Smile

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 07-05-2015, 10:34 AM
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clothes_iron

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 07-05-2015, 11:49 AM
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Just how old you want? Something like a mangletre, or something a bit more modern?

[Image: 6072_Litjbuan_paa_Meldalsskogen_mangletre.jpg]

And yes, I do in fact know how to use a mangletre - it's amazing what an odd collection of skills I have picked up over the years  Tongue

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 07-05-2015, 11:57 AM
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I'm looking at something in the 50s-80s-- Something with a power cord. 

I had no idea about that device you showed WegianWarrior, all google leads me to believe is that it is exclusively a Scandinavian thing because I don't get any results in a language I can understand. I have seen these though: [Image: ?u=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.shocho.co%2Fsc-image...f3.jpg&f=1]

Or this gas powered version: 

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 07-05-2015, 12:03 PM
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Yeah, the mangletre is Scandinavian, but our emigrants brought them state-side  Biggrin

As for an old, electric iron you'll use that as you'll use a modern one, except you don't put water in it. Instead you use a damp cloth in between the iron and the fabric you're ironing. I still have my grandmothers old one from about when I was born that I use on my dress uniform - the lack of steamholes makes for a sharper press.

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 07-05-2015, 12:05 PM
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[Image: DbfHnms.jpg]

I never knew that there were irons like this one.

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 07-05-2015, 12:28 PM
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GOODWILL- pre CHICOM junk.

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 07-05-2015, 06:03 PM
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(07-05-2015, 12:05 PM)ncguy1 Wrote: [Image: DbfHnms.jpg]

I never knew that there were irons like this one.

Yikes  -  looks like a fire waiting to happen! 

But seriously, I did some research a couple years ago and ended up with a Rowenta, which was highly rated then.. great iron, but retirement has markedly cut down the need for one ..

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 07-05-2015, 07:18 PM
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(07-05-2015, 12:03 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Yeah, the mangletre is Scandinavian, but our emigrants brought them state-side  Biggrin

As for an old, electric iron you'll use that as you'll use a modern one, except you don't put water in it. Instead you use a damp cloth in between the iron and the fabric you're ironing. I still have my grandmothers old one from about when I was born that I use on my dress uniform - the lack of steamholes makes for a sharper press.

So that's how you use them. I thought maybe you just sprayed water on the clothes with a mister.

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 07-06-2015, 12:10 AM
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(07-05-2015, 07:18 PM)fram773 Wrote:
(07-05-2015, 12:03 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Yeah, the mangletre is Scandinavian, but our emigrants brought them state-side  Biggrin

As for an old, electric iron you'll use that as you'll use a modern one, except you don't put water in it. Instead you use a damp cloth in between the iron and the fabric you're ironing. I still have my grandmothers old one from about when I was born that I use on my dress uniform - the lack of steamholes makes for a sharper press.

So that's how you use them. I thought maybe you just sprayed water on the clothes with a mister.

You can do that as well, but at least with my dress uniform the damp towel works much better.

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 07-06-2015, 02:23 PM
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I've never used an iron without a steam function. Damp towel... You learn something new everyday. I will have to try it, since my iron spits water everywhere. I suppose I should clean it every once in a while.

As far as getting an iron, I like the comfort of an auto shutoff feature, so I don't know if I'd go too old for a daily driver. However, I guess a simple outlet timer would work.

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 09-11-2015, 07:08 PM
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I got this old Sunbeam at a local thrift store. It is leagues better than my modern one which leaks all over the place. It is much heavier, heats up extremely fast, and doesn't leak at all. The one con is that it uses up the water too quickly-- it just works much faster than I am used to.

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