Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Elusive Mangle

The day began with so much promise...
what were the odds that with 2 mangles available neither one would work out?

After eying the Kenmore mangle upstairs in the kitchen nook my mom quickly dismissed it saying that the heating element was on top rather than underneath the roller like on the Ironrite model she learned on and has used for close to 70 years!

Even though it initially looked a little worse for wear, she was hopeful.

This Bendix model had the heating element in the right place and it's original manual!

Sam and my husband set about looking for an electrical outlet and extension cord so they could  plug it in and see if this baby still worked.

In the meantime I could tell my mom was losing interest after a closer inspection of the lift up tray which wouldn't stay up.  You see, she's a little snobby when it comes to mangles.  She's an Ironrite girl all the way.

She maintains that at her age she doesn't want to learn the nuances of a different brand even though it still had it's operating manual.

Believe me, we tried to convince her but to no avail.

Here is a side view showing the section that folds out to support the fabric while you feed it through.

After we got it plugged in and heated up she sat down and readied herself to start ironing.  Unfortunately it was at this point we discovered that the levers/pedals you work with your knees were not in working order.

Personally, I think she was relieved because what she really wants is an Ironrite and told me she is willing to wait for it.

And so for me... the search and the guilt continue.
I promise you this though, when we do find that elusive Ironrite mangle I will have my mom give you all a tutorial!


Stitchfork said...

Drat - two more ruled out. The search continues. I'd be willing to send wrinkled items to be pressed in your mom's tutorial!!
xo Cathy

Unknown said...

I have in my files an old article with Eddie where he describes a mangle and shows how to use it. That was the first time I had ever known they existed. That Ironite will turn up....the search will be part of the fun!

xo Elizabeth

Hamptontoes said...

How adorable is your mother? I love how you two gals venture out together all the time in search of treasures. Look at her sporting her chic Tory bag while inspecting a mangle! A modern day renaissance woman seems to be. Here's to happy hunting.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

My grandmother had one of these and use to do other's laundry in her home for extra cash.I didn't know it was called a mangle.Happy hunting~Cheers Kim

Unknown said...

cool- i'd love one for my sheets.

Kathysue said...

Terri, so fun to see your Mom sitting at the mangle. I had a client that has one and when I was growing up my neighbor pressed all of her clothes with that, It is quite an art as I remember. Keep hunting that is what you do best!!! xo Kathysue

La Brocanteuse said...

it will come around...thank you for keeping us posted. xo Col

Acquired Objects said...

I know how your Mom feels when something works it works for you and you hate change. Good luck with your search!

Lisa Porter said...

Ok I am all over this! How fabulous a mangle would be for ironing linens!
I had never ever heard of a mangle before. I love your mom, she knows her stuff!
That's classy & smart too.

Gina said...

Dear Terri, I have a new Miele. What I like about my ironing machine is that it folds up to measure only 42 inches tall and 20 inches wide. It fits snugly into a closet and when I need it I just roll it into the kitchen. It has an ironing surface which measures about 40 inches wide, perfect for large and small linens.

quintessence said...

I love that your mom is waiting for her Ironite. I almost bought the Miele as well - I'm with Gina - love the way it folds up into nothing. It does need a 200v outlet however (at least when I was looking at them they did). It would be a dream for sheets and table linens.

Unknown said...

can't wait for that tutorial!

Ann said...

A tutorial would be so interesting...

Gina said...

Quintessence is correct. It takes a higher voltage outlet, the kind you would have in your kitchen for ovens, etc. An electrician can easily make the connection. Miele even has a setting on their clothes dryers that stops when linens are perfect for ironing.

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

I ADORE my mangle iron - I knew that your mom and I would get on well together! Please tell her to carry on searching and not to compromise until she finds the perfect mangle. Incidentally mine is Pfaff!

cjsullivan133 said...

Hi Terry. Have you heard that Big Daddy's from the Alameda Antiques Fair has opened shop in S.F.?
It was in last Sunday's Home and Garden section. I can't wait to go see it. I am at Filthy Gorgeous this week filling in for a friend. If your in the area, come by and say hi! (Love the Mangle by the way.) It would be really cute in a Country house.

Privet and Holly said...

Your mom is darling.
I hope she wasn't too
disappointed and I like
that SHE likes-what-she-
likes and knows herself
well, to boot!
xx Suzanne

Gina said...

Hi Therese, I did a post on my blog Art and Alfalfa about my Miele ironing machine. I linked to your blog and gave a tutorial for those of your readers who are interested.