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    My rummage sale treasure!

    I am soo excited! I just bought an old GE iron for $3 at a church rummage sale. It's made in the USA!! You just can't find that anymore! Tried it, and it works. It's heavy ( like that!) and the cord is only about half as long as it should be, lol, but I LOVE it! It's so old the prongs on the plug are both narrow! Just have to tell the world here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustAbitCrazy View Post
    I am soo excited! I just bought an old GE iron for $3 at a church rummage sale. It's made in the USA!! You just can't find that anymore! Tried it, and it works. It's heavy ( like that!) and the cord is only about half as long as it should be, lol, but I LOVE it! It's so old the prongs on the plug are both narrow! Just have to tell the world here....
    I love, love, love my old GE dry iron. That baby gets HOT!

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    Good to hear it! That's what I'm needing. Some of these new irons are wussy. I don't care if the cord's short---I'll use an extension cord with it.

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    congrats on your find
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    Lucky you! You never know what you'll find at those sales.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I found an old Singer iron with a cloth-wrapped cord at a church rummage sale. And, it still works! But I don't use it, I have it only for display. The cord come off and it makes a great door stop.

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    Great find! Wonderful price.....happy pressing

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    I always use an extension cord with an on/off switch for my irons. That way I can leave them plugged in and just use my foot to turn them on and off at the extension cord.

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    Yay!! Good find!

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    I have been using my moms GE iron until it took a dump last week. :~( I wonder if I can have it fixed? My mom used to take her things to a fix it man shop. I wonder if there is such a place these days? I love that it got so hot and that it was a dry iron with no holes.
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    They don't make em like they used to!

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    I love older products. Great find.

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    Fantastic find!

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    Congratulations!
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    I love the older irons!! Lucky you!!
    A finished quilt excites me!! Whether is it mine or yours!

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    I have one and it'll take the wrinkle out or set it for life! I've had it for long time. DH hates it. I keep telling him how can you hate something you don't even use? GEEZ $3. If it didn't have the cord, I'd have purchased it and had small appliance man or tried myself to replace it. Not that hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
    I always use an extension cord with an on/off switch for my irons. That way I can leave them plugged in and just use my foot to turn them on and off at the extension cord.
    That works for me also. And I love my old iron too. I still have my first iron a Sunbeam from the 70's that still works, is heavy and steams well without spitting. I was leaving my iron on without realizing it, so my DH found the connector for a light bulb to put in the power strip. Now when the strip is on, the light is on. It has been easier to shut things off when I walk out of the room. I haven't missed the light bulb shining.
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    great find

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I love, love, love my old GE dry iron. That baby gets HOT!
    I have 2 of them and I'm always keeping my eyes open for them and spare cloth cords..These new irons are to light-''Ya cain't kill a skeeter with 'em ''as my MIL says

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    Lucky you. I have an electrican husband, he wouldn't be happy with you at all!!! Be careful, those babies are hot and burn easily - if my memory serves me right.
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    Good for you...good find...

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    I found one too at our local rummage sale....it is hard to find the flat ones that don't have the steam holes! Think I paid $1 and it does get hot! They are really good for paper piecing.
    Penny (Scotlass)

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    What a great find. Using an extention cord is a great idea, just be careful of the fact that it doesn't have grounding (that is the purpose of the wider prong) Be sure to remember to turn it off when you are finished. Now that I've crowed at you; Congrats on a great find

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    Thank you for the warning. I have been watching for the plug to get hot (a sign someone pulled on the cord instead of the plug, causing a separation in there and a fire hazard), but that hasn't happened yet, so I think that's safe. Why do you need the "ground" prong, anyway?

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    Oh, wish I could find one of those. I remember my mom's - it would get so hot and made ironing so much easiere. I remember sprinkling the clothes first to provide the "steam" for getting the wrinkles out. Ah, memories!

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