Picked a Singer ironing press up off a local buy/sell page for $25 the other week, not a bad price considering what new ironing presses go for (at least $400).
It doesn't have a steam option (some of the fancier models do) but that's OK, it will work well for what I want it for- bonding interfacing to fabric and pressing large fabric pieces.
Plus I can always squirt something with water from a spray bottle if I really need steam.
Obviously for "cheap as chips" pricing a little bit of work is required...
Firstly a good clean. The press had been sitting in someones shed for who-knows-how-long and it was pretty grimy.
The pressing board cover itself looks like it has seen better days, with a couple of scorch marks and burn holes:
While the ironing plate is pretty gunked up with what looks like fabric ink residue:
I'm guessing this one got used for setting screenprints on fabric rather than domestic ironing.
(The fun part is trying to work out what the words originally said - something "Ace"?).
Looks like I have a new sewing tool to tinker with ;)
Till next time...