Archive for Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

May 13, 2009

I received an interesting phone call the other day.

“You mention ways to save, you spoke about darning socks with a light bulb,” the caller said. “Please explain just how in the world that happens. We want to try.”

Of course, I will be glad to.

First, it is much easier if you catch it just before the hole actually breaks through and stretches that hole too far. Push a light bulb or the old wooden darning ball with its handle shaped very much like a light bulb, down into the sock, fitting it snugly into the heel, stretching and pulling and holding the sock fabric over the bulb so that you can then weave thru the socks surface back and forth over and under your threads to create a new and stronger fabric, a new heel in the sock.

I wasn’t big enough, my legs wouldn’t reach the treadle on mom’s sewing machine when I learned to darn socks. Setting around the house at night, with no TV, tired of playing games, I really enjoyed any kind of sewing. Other than sewing on buttons, I liked the weaving of the threads back and forth.

A recent story in the paper and headline: “Throw away economy gives way to repair economy.” Quite an article in the Journal-World, was glad to see it.

Shoe repair shops are opening back up again. Of course, we here in America always will pick up the ball again, even though we have to learn the hard way. Automobiles are being repaired instead of being replaced.

I liked this paragraph especially, quote: “Today’s consumers might even start to rival their penny-pinching Depression-era grandparents.”

People are taking “Staycations,” growing their own vegetables, buying only used cars.

They were quoting the Case family and what they are doing. Hats off to you folks.

This is America. And we wouldn’t trade it for anywhere else in the world.

Keep our leaders in your prayers.

— Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086; auntnorie@att.net.

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