Archive for Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

April 30, 2008

Some tips and reminders from one of our long-time readers, Anna Mary Landauer.

Anna Mary, like so many of us, remembers the Depression days, those tough times when everyone appreciated even the little things, when no one wasted anything.

Those waste-not-want-not days when everyone considered "a penny saved a penny earned." She sews on or replaces buttons with a good strong button cord, then coats the top and the bottom side of those stitches with clear nail polish. She also does that on all new garments' buttons, which helps them last a lot longer.

She learned all those years ago and still does. Save that good strong elastic from the waistband of men's under-shorts (so easy to remove) to use as replacement elastic for slacks and such. That elastic was - and still is - made to last. When Anna Mary and I grew up, elastic often had a label declaring it boil proof.

Think that over. Wow! Elastics today can't even take the dryers' heat for very long. Another of her tips we've used before but bears repeating: shoulder pads come in all shapes and sizes, some of them just right to lace two of them together, inserting a scrap of lace between them, which is very useful as pin cushions, even making a pretty and useful gift. Keep one on the dresser and another in the bathroom. You'll be surprised how often you will use that one. Nice hearing from you again Anna Mary. I think it's past time for this old world to stop and think about all of the waste. Our younger generation is already beginning to pay for it. The hurt is only going to get worse. I'm thinking about only one item right now - plastics - piling up on our beaches worldwide.

Oh don't let me get started. Love you all. Bye and God bless, Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086, auntnorie@bdc.net.

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