Vintage Irons Heat, Wattage, etc.
Posted 30 September 2010 - 08:36 AM
I just found a GE Hotpoint Iron from (assumptively the 1930's according to other irons like it on websites) Catalog #159F62. 115 Volt, 500 Watt. No adjustement dials, just an on/off switch. It got fairly hot at the antique store, so I bought it.
I feared that when I brought it home it simply wouldn't get hot enough. But oh baby, was I wrong. When I brought it home, let it heat up, and tried it on a scrap piece of wool, it pressed it almost instantly. Woot, I thought! But then, I could smell the fibers starting to burn.
I added some sprinkles of water with my left hand. PSSTTT! Sure enough, within a few more seconds of rubbing and stretching, a hole formed in the fabric. Leftover fibers were clinging onto the iron's edges.
I got another spare piece, put a piece of dampened (almost drenched) Osnaburg cotton to try as a temporary pressing cloth, and sure enough, THOSE fibers started getting brown, too,even while fully dampened.
I then started noticing that the pointed nose of the stainless steel started blackening. This can't be right.
Are modern US electric circuits simply incompatible with old irons? Do I need a converter? I can't imagine being able to do something like THIS on fabric when it's burning so hot.
Posted 30 September 2010 - 12:02 PM
"Can you plug a 115V appliance into a 120V outlet?"
Hmm. So that apparently isn't the issue, then. I wonder what the problem could be.
Posted 30 September 2010 - 01:31 PM
For additional safety use a moist pressing cloth!
"Only he is a master of his art who always seeks to improve the good and never believes to have the best already"
"Es gibt keinen Grund mit Erfahrung zu prahlen, denn man kann etwas auch viele Jahre falsch machen!"
"There is no reason to boast with your experience, because it's possible to do things wrong for a long time!"
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Schneidergott does what Schneidergott does because Schneidergott is Schneidergott!
Posted 30 September 2010 - 08:31 PM
What you want to do (and this takes... what's the word?... experience) is to let it heat up. periodically as it heats up you want to make the iron speak. You know it's the right temp as soon as striking the iron with moist fingers you get a good pitched "SPPPPPSSSSSS". Unplug and use the iron in quick movements to get your desired effect. You can't massage the cloth like you did in your video. Each movement must be solid and deliberate.
Posted 01 October 2010 - 04:38 AM
What you want to do (and this takes... what's the word?... experience) is to let it heat up. periodically as it heats up you want to make the iron speak. You know it's the right temp as soon as striking the iron with moist fingers you get a good pitched "SPPPPPSSSSSS".
I have a few irons of them mostly 10 - 16 pounds heavy. Always a Kloetzelleinen underneath, between cloth and iron.
You switch the iron on and once the iron spoke loud enough you switch it off.
This post has been edited by Der Zuschneider: 01 October 2010 - 04:40 AM
If you go crazy cause you can't solve a certain tailoring problem then put the stuff aside and go for a walk it might be possible you end up in the funny farm. LOL