Archive for Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

November 27, 2012

One of the tough, old building blocks of this good old, U. S. of A. is “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” They find a way; they just do it. Now that budgets are getting tighter and tighter, sewing machines are getting limbered up, patches are being sewn on stressed seams being re-stitched.

I’m getting more and more requests for sewing problems. So we’re going to be spending more time in the sewing room. I love it. It’s my favorite spot, anyway.

A busy, young mother recently asked me about the right and wrong side of fabrics. “Sometimes, I can’t really tell,” she said. She’d also had sewing in home economics and didn’t remember even covering that problem.

Oh, how well I remember this one myself. I remember asking our home-ec teacher, Miss Rundle, this question and if I could use the wrong side of this beautiful fabric as the right side. I thought it was so much prettier than the right side. The color blended in so much better.

She even said she’d been waiting for someone to ask, then added “when you ask, and there are usually several with the same problem, you are so much more apt remember.”

She was even prepared. “That’s the main purpose and use of this box of small safety pins here on my desk. Just help yourself,” she said.

So to answer the above question, either side is usually OK. However, if you decide to change the wrong side to be your right, just be very careful to mark with a small safety pin. It won’t fall off, but a chalk mark may rub off. As you cut each pattern piece out, place the pin on what is going to be your  right or wrong side, but be consistent. I have found that just as you’ve finished cutting each piece is the best time to place that pin.

Another on the notions rack: Do you have the little slotted container of wax to run your thread over? Especially if you are embroidering and separating those strands of floss, you know how they can snarl and tangle. Just thread the needle, then pull the threads through and over the wax far less tangling.

It soon will be Christmas, which is just around the corner.

Hugs now,

— Aunt Norie, PO Box 265, Tonganoxie, KS 66086;


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