I heart clothines bigtime.
OK, guess my age. When I was young enough to remember anything, we had a clothesline, an incinerator and a chicken coup in the backyard. This is LA. Mom had an "automatic" washer that you had to wheel to the faucet to fill. It mushed the clothes around then the water drained out of a hose at the bottom and you put the clothes through the ringer. We got a modern washer and dryer when I was 3 or 4? They were Norge's. I remember that they had red plastic N's that lit up when they were on and I liked looking at those in the dark.
I was just at HomeDepot 3 days ago and had in my hand the pulleys you use for those looped clothes lines like we see between brownstones in NYC. I put them back as I've got another project underway and have learned that I can't buy for "future" projects. I have a garage filled with "future" projects. I had a line set up here but had to take it down a couple of years ago. I want you all to know the guilt I'm ridden with when I use my dryer on a hot dry day. And we have a lot of them here. It does seem absurd not to use a clothesline out here in the west, especially. I guess the wind/breeze softens the fabric. I find my cottons rather stiff off the line vs. very soft from the dryer. I don't mind the stiffness, really and I never use clothes softener. I like to feel the texture of the cloth. Give me spots on my apple for saving the birds and the bees
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This discussion reminded me for this well know architectural rendering by Ralph Rapson in 1945.
We see the husband taking off for the office in his helicopter while his wife hangs out the laundry on the line. One architectural critic, Esther McCoy, said something about "man betting his money on the wrong machine".
Judic, having a clothline in Tucscon would make you an outlaw? That's crazy, considering the climate.
Back to the original question for a second.
Another suggestion. I have the Bernina Superpress 050. It's a steam generator type. The iron itself is extremely lightweight. The steam comes from a separate unit and it does a great job of removing wrinkles without much elbow grease.