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This was NOT easy, locating a mangler for my use, but I managed to find a couple on e-Bay. There are several of the cabinet kind that are usually on e-Bay but the portables are the ones that are hard-to-find. Not that they are light-weight but that they are smaller and set on a table top, are the reason for the greater demand.

I lost the bid on the first one in the last few seconds. Then I waited and sometime later a second one came up and I won that one! They are old, original mangle irons which many quilters and seamstresses use so they are in demand. After I received it, a Montgomery Ward Brand, I rushed to open the well-padded, heavy duty box but found that part of the plastic handle was broken off.

It was still usable and I tested it out on some linens. Damping the cloths, I ran them though and it worked nicely. The iron was old so I thought that sessions of 1-2 hours would be my usage times. Unfortunately, perhaps due to shipping damage, the dial and unit in back was extremely hot. I used it twice on different days but the third time it didn’t heat up or work at all.

The seller and I agreed that the damage occurred during shipping, and after consulting a business on parts, it was decided to return the item to her. Parts are NOT easy to get for some models now.

That thought out, I felt that occasional use of an old mangle iron for sewing projects would be fine; however, I needed one for heavy usage. This left me with only one option…..


….yes, the $2000.,German-made Miele rotary iron on a fold-away stand. WHAT TO DO?

Now, mind you, this whole process took 6 months from the first bid to the end. This doesn't count all the hours scrounging the newspaper before the Internet came about, etc. I had to weigh out the cost vs. usage. This took another couple of weeks to finally decide that the usage was high for me.  There’s ironing of fabric for sewing, upholstery, and making curtains, etc. Then there is ironing of sheets, antique linen collections, tablecloths, and regular clothes ironing. [Yes, you can iron clothes on the rotary iron and I do ours with exception to the sleeves. I don’t like creases in sleeves so I hand iron them.]

Then back to the web searches for the best deal on the Miele rotary iron and location of a seller that was in the US.  It arrived-no damage and nearly all put together. It came with a nice muslin cover and rolled into the kitchen on the laundry side.

Not only is the new iron safer to use but it is longer so does a better job. There is a removable tray with a small clothes-hanging bar that swings out for small items. To iron clothes, I remove the tray/bar unit and can use the full front of the iron. The foot pedal starts the iron and is built into the base.

The best thing of it all is that I can sit and iron so there is no standing and the use of my shoulders in a going back and forth motion-great for arthritis sufferers! And-get this-I get my ironing done in 25%less time then with the standing and hand iron usage.

I guess I got hooked on the smell and the feel of the sheets. Since my mother sold the old mangler, she’s been hand-ironing her sheets just like me. No more do we have to work and dream.

My mother loves it and I do her sheets, etc. now. I wrap them nicely each time and deliver to her . She deserves this after all of the years she spent using the old mangler for me when I grew  up. But then again, she is the reason for all of this searching and missing ironed sheets. Hmmm.

I can’t wait to jump in bed with tonight’s mangled sheets and just smell the linens….

This picture above is the first one….the lost bid….the second one was similar but had the handle on the front. The handle is used to manually lower the back plate to the iron with the cloth in between. The second one had a foot pedal to start and stop the roller. The one my mother had had the front handle and no foot pedal so the roller started as soon as the back plate was lowered.

With this one above you have to reach over the hot back plate to get to the handle or lever. With second one that I got, and my mother's  old one, you have to press down on the handle and move it to the right to lock. After so many years of that repetitive movement my mother’s wrist was bothering her so she sold the iron in the 1970’s.

Light at the end of the tunnel….

Here’s the new one-much safer and more efficient! Check it out for yourself online-Miele!