Sunday, December 13, 2015

My View #183 - Irons and Ironing

Modern people don't know how lucky they are, to have thermostats in their electric irons. As a child of twelve, I learned to do the family's ironing. It was not an easy pastime, as it is today. It was hard work. Those irons we used were called "sad-irons (a heavy, solid, flatiron, pointed at both ends, with a removable handle - dictionary notation) a set of three, heated on the cook stove. Hot, heavy work.
A sad iron (photo from Pinterest/Ebay)

And then electric irons came on the scene, oh my, did that make all ironers happy. They were heavy too, but easier to use. They didn't have heat controls and could get too hot. Many articles of clothing were scorched, or just plain burned, and spoiled. The cords (cotton covered) twisted and wore out, and you had to unplug an iron to cool it.
Vintage electric iron (from rubylane.com)

So I am very grateful, I use an iron that is light weight and has a thermostat built in, and I never complain about any ironing.

Mom
February 26, 2010

Letty doesn't mention steam irons. Before those were invented, clothing to be ironed had to be dampened. I did that myself many times, using an old pop (soda) bottle that had a sprinkler head you can see if you click this link: Here's a blog post by someone else who remembers sprinkling clothes. 

My aunt had an early steam iron that burned me, shooting steam across the room. The technology, vastly better now, includes a teflon plate, various temperature settings, auto shut-off, extra steam and spray buttons, and a plastic water tank that shows the water level.

Ann's iron

Letty did not realize that modern people, namely her granddaughter's generations and younger, seldom iron anything at all. Wash and wear, use the touch-up setting on the dryer, or use a steamer. Anything to avoid that iron.

As for me, I like ironed clothing, and still iron a few things weekly. Most fabrics no longer require it.