|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.
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.
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.