Archive for Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

March 27, 2002

"You'd be surprised just how old that spool of thread really is," Marie Black said the other day. "I was about to go to town for a spool of thread when my husband reminded me to look in my mother's old sewing box. I did and there it was, matches perfectly."

Old threads, like old fabrics, can be years and years old and still be strong and very usable. Most fabrics are treated with preservatives, and until they're actually washed out, the fabric will not begin to decay.

Thread, (we need to be reminded) can dry out, become brittle and break easily. However, its strength can easily be restored by just placing it in the freezer 24 hours or more. Like anything else placed in the freezer, it will collect moisture (frost) and then absorbs that frost (moisture) as it thaws, renewing the strength of the thread.

I've received more responses from Mitch's quilt pieces from dresses. One said, "Like my favorite old quilt my mother made for me from scraps and pieces of my old dresses that she had made for me as I grew up." It is a real treasure, like so many handmade heirlooms so many of us have a treasure.

Yet another, "Oh yes, garage sales produce a wealth of fabric for me, to reuse in my kids' clothes. And my mom collects fabric for her crocheted rugs."

Be very contagious now with those hugs and smiles and words of good cheer. Love you and God bless, Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086-0265.

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