Archive for Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Aunt Norie’s sewing room

August 29, 2001

An Echo (and I know there are more out there, so let's have them, too):

A neighbor says, "How well I remember those one-room schoolhouses. It was my job to empty the water pail at the end of each day. I forgot, and it was winter. The next morning, the water was frozen solid, ice over the top and down the sides of the pail. The teacher always got there early to start the fire in the stove and warm the schoolroom. She had taken that fancy top off the stove and had the water pail on top of the stove to thaw out. The little guys always looked up to us big guys. It really flattened my ego."

Buttonholes: Have you ever put in one only to find out it went in crooked or off-grain, especially if you made it by using your zig-zag stitch. One end went wrong, it overlapped. Maybe the thread was wrong. It went in too light or too dark. There is a clever and quick little trick to just rip that buttonhole out and start over, before you cut it, of course. I stumbled onto this trip many years ago when in desperation I just knew I'd be all day picking out stitch by stitch because that buttonhole just had to come out.

I use a long thin corsage type pin, with its large head, which is easier to hold onto. On the top side of the buttonhole (the top side has longer loops or thread to get under), slide the pin under the thread loops or stitches that make the buttonhole edges, between the threads and the fabric. With a sharp, single-edge razor blade, slice the threads. Repeat the process down the other side. Turn the fabric over and pull all the threads out.

Bye for now. Have a great week. Absorb all that chatter as the kids come tumbling in after school. God bless, Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086-0265.

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