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  •  Ironing? (11+ / 0-)

    What kind of an idiot do you take me for?

    My god, that's what polyester/cotton mixes were created for: to free us from the tyranny of the iron!

    Ironing is something my parents used to do, back during WWII.

    (They were 40 years old when I was born.)

    I have heard rumors that SOME people even ironed sheets!

    Who in their right mind would iron a cloth that is intended to be rolled around on all night long? And it's not a hotel, so that same sheet will be on the bed until next wash day. Why iron it? It will be wrinkled again in five minutes or less!

    Housework is so important, only MEN should have to do it!

    (Serves 'em right.)

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 12:46:24 AM PDT

    •  Lol...I starch pillow cases and let them dry on (8+ / 0-)

      line.  Dampen them and iron them.  All mine are embroidered and crocheted with edgings.  The starch protects them from body oils and they stay nice for decades.  I enjoy playing with them as well as making them.  Old fashion fabric art for the bed.

    •  My grandmother had a special machine just (3+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, broths, Youffraita

      for ironing bedsheets!  It was called a mangle and she pressed my mother to take it when mom and dad got a big house and had some room.  It sat in the basement ever after.

      It was like two giant square ironing boards that you put the sheet in and then pressed down until sheets were nearly burned!  Huge, heavy and obsolete in 1965!

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 10:00:51 AM PDT

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      •  They still make them. (2+ / 0-)
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        weck, Youffraita

        Quilters like them to press large tops and pieces.  I have seen them in quilt and fabric shops.  They were popular in the 40's and 50's to do sheets, creases in pants and curtains.  Mangle was a time saver and a real luxury then.  The ones they make now are a little smaller and have better heat control.

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