Oh, boy I got a little crazy this time. I was shopping my local favorite thrift shop and low and behold this beauty was sitting in the corner. It was an item I have long been curious about, an iron mangle.
|The Mighty Ironrite|
|She's So Cute!|
|Fabric on the Roller|
Using this item has taken some practice. Now, I am a dinosaur that actually does iron clothes and with sewing there is always a need for an iron. Operating a Gladiron is almost completely different than what I am used to. Thankfully, there is an instruction manual that shows how to iron every thing from dish cloths, shirts, bras and even underwear. The main selling point is that you can iron a shirt in 4 minutes - but I have not been able to do it nearly so fast.....yet. I am still trying to get used to using a spray bottle and two hands for handling the fabric without it pulling all crazy through the roller. Practice practice practice.
How it works: It works by just placing the fabric on the arm, plug it in and then the fabric feeds through. Keep hands away from lava hot metal iron.
|Gladiron Temperature Gauge|
It is a simple machine really. There is a temperature control dial that can be adjusted with great sensitivity - moderate to very very hot. Much variable heat than a typical iron. Once it is plugged in the roller turns. There is no on/off switch. All controls are with a knee lever that has 3 positions. It is a combination of those three position that make it stop, open or move again.
|Three Position Knee Control|
|Gladiron Table Extensions|
Now, it won't replace a regular iron and board but it does have some use. I pre-wash a lot of fabric and getting it pressed for cutting is a pain, particularly if there is 2 or more yards. This baby makes short work of that job, and does well at high and low temperatures. It's kind of fun to use too.
Here's a quick view if it in action.