Archive for Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

January 4, 2006

She was a stranger, just learning to sew. In the fabric shop while checking out the notions, she turned to me with a seam ripper in her hand and said, "A seam ripper, I guess I need one ... Mom has got me ripping out garments for the fabric to learn on."

"My yes, I'd say you could really use one," I told her.

But she said she would be afraid to use one.

As I helped her, I wondered just how many more might also appreciate a little tip. We old-timers forget what it was like as we also learned to sew.

A seam ripper is really quite safe and saves time. I like to use the point to remove two or three stitches, creating and opening in the seam. Then I flip the fabric over, shoving the tiny round point into the seam. Then, as you hold the seam tightly out in front of you, push the seam ripper forward into the stitches of the seam.

That curved section between the ball and the point is very sharp, and as you push it forward, it cuts the threads of the seam. It's really quite a time saver.

But as always, practice, practice, practice.

Just browsing through some old scrap book material I found. "Directions for remodeling hosiery," which explained how to change worn out adult wool socks to fit a child. The worn foot part was cut away and then, into the square was knitted a new heel, then a new toe knitted on the front.

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

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