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Have you ever used a vintage iron for your quilting? They are very heavy compared to new irons which to me really seems to help set the seams. There isn’t a auto-off so you have to make sure you always turn them off when done using.
I recently picked up both of these from a Goodwill store when we were in Elk River, MN. The silver one is made by General Mills and the black one is made by Presto and is a steam/dry model. I paid $3.99 for the General Mills model and $4.99 for the Presto iron. They both work!
Something I didn’t notice until we got home (I still would have bought the iron) is there is no way you can stand this iron up! I think there must have been a plate or something that the iron sat on. Have any of you seen a iron like this? It is a little rusty but so neat!
Update: I am so excited, I received this comment about my iron!
Hi Connie! I think your General Mills iron lays on its side when at rest. That’s the purpose of the ‘wings’ on each side, to hold the iron off the ironing surface.
I took a couple photos to show what she is talking about.
I didn’t turn on the iron but did lay it on it’s side. I don’t think I would want to leave it like this for too long as there is only about a 1/2 inch clearance.
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The iron I have been using all the time is made by General Electric. We bought it from a antique shop in Minnesota a couple years ago and it is wonderful to use. I have a new iron that I use for pressing my clothes or backings for a quilt and I always have to laugh as the first time I go to pick up the iron I almost loose it as it is so lightweight!
I keep my vintage iron on a separate surge protector cord that has a light. Once I figure out exactly where everything will stay in my new studio, I’ll have Builder Bob do a separate switch for a light and the outlet like I had in my quilt room. I knew if I left the room and one particular light was on……so was the iron.
Have you ever used a vintage iron? One of the ways I earned money when I was growing up was doing the ironing. I remember I got 5 cents for my dad’s short sleeved shirts and 10 cents for long sleeved shirts. Gosh……this was 50 years ago!!! Everything back then was cotton so you can imagine how much ironing there was to do in a family with 6 kids. Funny thing is……I still enjoy ironing.
If you find any vintage irons, you will want to be sure the cord is safe to use and not frayed. I am fortunate that Builder Bob is also Electrician Bob!
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I found a iron on Amazon that reminds me of the vintage ones and it had great reviews as it is a little heavier than many of the new ones. It doesn’t have a smooth soleplate. You might want to check it out if you would prefer the safety of a new iron. This one isn’t very expensive either!
Classic Black & Decker Iron