Archive for Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

January 23, 2002

Your hands. Are they rough and dry? Those dry weather cracks around your nails can get worse and very painful. N.A. Gives us this tip this week, and I grant you it surely does work. Use the chapstick you use on your chapped and cracked lips. Just rub it over the cracks, filling them with that soothing relief. Gently rub it in, then do it again. Soon it will be healed. What relief. Then keep your hands protected with gloves when you are out.

We are still looking for and needing directions for making those crocheted beaded rings. They were made of elastic thread, the beads were strung onto the elastic thread and then made (crocheted) into fashion rings.

This is from an old friend of mine. I just had to pass it on. It fits so many of us. She said, "I am a born worrier and have been known to worry about not worrying. Then I read the authorities on stress tell us a certain amount of worry is good for us, that our systems even make a secretion. But when I get the really big ones worried down to a nub, I just get busy on more little ones."

I especially like the quote from one of Lisa Scheller's recent columns in The Mirror in which a gentlemen said, "I don't worry. God will take care of it."

Well now I've lost all of this weight, but I just can't afford a whole new wardrobe. How many of us have been or are in that position?

Slacks are easy to size down, especially those pull-on ones without pockets. Just open the side waistband seams, take up the seam to fit your new figure and re-stitch the waist band, taking up the elastic.

If your slacks have pockets, you may decide to eliminate them this time. However, you can also rip them out and reset them the way they were.

This is all depending, of course, on just how much weight you have lost. If you've lost a great amount and you'd like to save the fabric, you may want to totally rip them apart and, with a new pattern, recut them.

One of our new seamstresses was having trouble with that neckline curve. Those curves can be a challenge to any of us. I always use a smaller stitch than on other seams because it makes a stronger, firmer seam.

In order for a curved seam to lie flat, it must be clipped properly before turning and pressing. On a neckline, for instance, clip through the seam allowances down very close to the thread of the seam itself. Slowly and very carefully clip along the whole curved edge, making the clips one-half inch apart (closer on a tight curve). If you do cut the thread of the seam, restitch (be careful not to stretch it), turn and press. Most such edges are then topstitched along the very edge.

"Many mistakes are made through hasty decisions," said one of our old timers. "Think on it and decide tomorrow."

Good advice for certain. Give a friend a big hug. God bless and keep you. Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086-0265

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