By Gail Wurtele

Many are familiar with the heavy sad irons. But what was a fluting machine?

Monday: Wash Day Tuesday: Ironing Day Wednesday: Sewing Day Thursday: Market Day Friday: Cleaning Day Saturday: Baking Day Sunday: Day of Rest
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So it is Tuesday and time to iron. Many are familiar with the heavy sad irons. But what was a fluting machine? In the pantry at Wildwood are examples of two different fluting machines or irons. One is made of cast iron and consists of a grooved rocker and matching grooved plate. The other grooved plate is run over with a matching roller. A slug was heated on the stove and placed beneath the bottom plate. Starched fabric was then put on top and the rocker sort of moved or rolled across mashing the fabric into the grooves. The cloth came out looking very much like corrugated metal as seen on farm buildings. Fabric ‘ironed’ in this fashion would make very fancy undersleeves or petticoat trim.