Archive for Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

March 23, 2011

This week I’d like to give you a hint about putting on buttons. A button should not be pulled too tightly against a garment. Therefore, try this simple trick — lay a large toothpick over the top of the button you’re attaching and when you’re finished sewing, pull the toothpick out. Thread just through and under the button and wind a few times around the thread to create a shank. So simple, yet it gives the slack you need and buttons stay on longer this way.

Don’t overlook your neighborhood garage sales for an excellent source of buttons and zippers, perhaps just the right color and kind to suit your needs. A great place to find those separating coat zippers — they’re pretty expensive in the stores and hard to find the right color and length.

At the school year’s end is also a time to check for needed repairs for those coats, jackets, and sweaters. A great time to pick up some out grown, gently used clothes for the next year also.

People like Judy F. make the world go around with her attitude and living like this: “Keep family ties strong. You need your independence, but a close family circle can help you through the tough times and give you a great joy.”

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

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