Meet Large Marge, the newest member of Dye Candy Fabrics. She is my new Ironrite 85 Rotary Iron (also known as a mangle). This Ironrite 85 mangle dates back to the late 1940's or early 1950's. It runs like a dream and is in excellent condition for an appliance that is more than 60 years old. It also came with the Ironrite Health Chair. What a great bonus!
Fabrics are fed across the ironing surface with the muslin covered roller. The roller is controlled by knee lifts under the unit.
There is definitely a learning curve involved but I read my trusty manual and was assured I would improve with time: "A little patience is required in learning to operate the Ironrite Ironer the first time. When one irons, even with the hand iron, the first items that are ironed are never as well done as when one has practiced and become familiar with different garments. This procedure is much like the first cake baked by the bride; the cake becomes better as she becomes more familiar with the recipe. So does her ironing become better as she becomes familiar with her Ironrite."
Once I got the hang of things I was able to iron 90 yards of fabric in about 4 1/2 hours, Yipee! These fabrics are for a new quilt I am be putting together for March quilt shows. I will have kits available once the top has been completed.
I am looking forward to all the joy's my new Ironrite 85 promises! As for the domestic goddess part, I am having a great time dyeing and ironing.. the cooking and cleaning will have to wait.
But seriously, I decided to invest in a mangle last year when I started having severe muscle and joint pains from all the ironing I was doing. I can't tell you what a difference this product is making for me.
New Earthtones colorway available in my Dye Candy Shop.
Dye Candy Fabrics are dyed on cotton fabrics that were manufactured in the USA.