Archive for Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

October 26, 2010

The great thing about knowing how to sew is you can tuck the sewing machine away for years. Then along comes hard times as now, what a help to the family budget.

As a young mother the other day asked, “Didn’t you in your column one time tell us how to take in the waist seam of jeans?” She added “big brother just had a bigger tummy and I need to pass his jeans on down to the little guy.”

Yes I did and it’s really simple. Jeans can be very expensive as we all know. I’ll try to explain here, and if you need more help just come by or call me at (913) 369-8606.

You will actually have to cut through the waistband (remember, of course, the re-sewing of it will then use up an inch). Now open that flat felled (or center back) seam, usually down just to the base line of, or a bit below the bottom of the hip pockets.

You are going to fold and overlap one back section over the underneath section. Sounds hard and the first time it may be, but pin and baste, trim away extra thicknesses, use a jean needle, re-stitch that seam, the waist band and you’re done.

Mother Teresa, so well known by the whole world for her wit and wisdom, once said: “Money — I never think of it — it always comes.” The Lord sends it. We do his work. He provides the means. If he does not give us the means, that shows He does not want the work. So why worry.

Bye now. Pass on those hugs.

— Aunt Norie, PO Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086


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