|Source: Frankston Weekly|
To be honest, hat making has always been somewhat of a mystery of me. Being completely uninitiated in this art, I think that most millinery tools look like somebody combined a magic wand with a dental pick, and what one does with this bizarre combination is completely opaque to me!
|Source: Damsel in Regress|
Now, I'm not proud of my ignorance, and I plan to remedy this problem someday when I have more free time. Until then, I take full responsibility when my lack of millinery knowledge causes me to purchase items for which I have absolutely no use.
What am I talking about? Here's an example:
A couple months ago while I was browsing the nooks and crannies of a local thrift store, this bizarre gadget caught my eye:
As probably guessed, the "Original Bügelfix" mounts onto a table with the turn of a lovely heart-shaped screw. Plug the cable into the wall and the round head heats up, just like the bottom of a normal steam iron.
Honestly, I hadn't the slightest clue this was actually for hat making! I bought it on a whim since the price was incredibly low—just a few Euros—and I thought it could be used for ironing difficult articles of clothing like blouses with puff sleeves.
|"Bügelfix" translates to "Fast Iron" or "Quick Iron"|
|An old-fashioned plug without the grounding prongs|
Never make hot-headed decisions, right? Guess this was one of those impulsive buys I've always heard about.
|Source: Craig Swanson|
Not even an exhaustive internet search could turn up any information about this curious device, but I did discover two pictures of a model sold over eBay (the listing is now deleted) for which the power cord can be completely detached.
And here's a screen shot of an eBay listing from a year ago. Apparently someone bought an iron just like the one I have for 60 Euros, much more than I paid for it.
Right now a perfectly usable hat making rarity is just sitting on a shelf in my laundry room collecting dust!
Perhaps the time has come when my Bügelfix and I shall part ways...