Archive for Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

January 19, 2005

Here we are off and running in a whole new year. "Happy New Year" is still in order, but for some I'm sure it doesn't seem so.

Oh the globe is still round, but what a mess seemingly in every direction. We must, however, just leave it in God's hands and trust he always turns everything right side up, for the better. So, things have gotta look up. Be grateful for all that you are blessed with, and pray for those people who have so much less right now.

Many of you got clothing for Christmas that needs a bit of altering here and there. Here are a few tips to help.

Check the seams in those loosely woven fabrics. Many of those seams are not always done so well, check them out. Many times, just running a new seam up behind the overcast (surged) seams will keep them from loosening up and raveling out in spots. You may find weak spots you can secure with a needle and thread.

If you need to shorten a garment, watch so those hems don't turn under that raw edge except on very thin fabrics. Use hem tape, or lace instead. If you are shortening a garment -- a skirt, dress or slacks -- and there is a tape or lace to match already on it, it will pay you to take the time to rip it off and re-use it. If you don't have thread to match you can also save the thread, many times. Just wet it and wind it on a tissue cardboard roll and let it dry. Then you also have thread to match. Sounds like a lot of time but it really isn't.

It's also time to begin planning for that Easter outfit. Guess what? I and two of my neighbors happen to have our birthdays fall on Easter Sunday this year. For all of the 84 years of my life this is only the third time Easter has landed on the 27th. Strange the way those calendar days fall. Oh yes, we are going to celebrate in some special way. We've agreed we have to.

I'm enjoying the birds, feeding them on the snow -- and a squirrel and that cotton-tail bunny that is back. The squirrel eats the heart out of a grain of corn. The rabbit eats the rest.

Love and God bless everyone. Lots of prayers for all of our brothers and sisters all over the world.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086; anutnorie@bdc.net.

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