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  •  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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      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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