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Thread: Favorite Tip or Helpful Hint

  1. #101
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    My mom used to sprinkly clothes with water, roll and refrigerate them too before ironing. Since she didn't really like ironing (who does??) we would tease her that by the time she got around to it, it wouldn't fit the kids. Later on, we had a rule.....if you want to wear it more than twice a year, buy permament press. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb watkins
    I keep a plastic bag taped to the edge of the table to catch my thread snips and small scraps. The roller wheels on my chair seem to catch them up if I don't! Wondered why the chair didn't roll as well as before.
    Suggestion: Go to "Itsy.com" and order you a thread catcher. They are the world's best sewing notion and my vacuum cleaner is so grateful. Have two and wish I had 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabolt22
    Quote Originally Posted by pbreon
    You vbet I do!!!! I still have my moms!!!! and sometimes i use it!
    Quote Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
    I remember my Mom used a beer bottle with an aluminium top that had a sprinkler tip on it. She would shake it and water would sprinkle on the clothing. She used to iron my Dad's uniforms for the Army. I have always loved to iron!. Oh how I wish I could find the tip she used. Does anyone know what I am thinking of? :?
    Does any one have one of these that they are willing to part with? I would pay a reasonable sum plus shipping. PM me
    I have my Mom's and wouldn't part with it for the world. Try ebay.

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    I remember bringing our jeans in off the line in the winter time to iron. They were stiff as a board!!!! And still not dry!LOL!
    Quote Originally Posted by Pat and pups
    You people who used to iron....do you remember ironing just the front of the shirt when you were wearing a jacket or sweater? And not ironing the tails that would be tucked in? Surely I'm not the only one to do this!

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    I used to iron for a living while my children were in school. I would always sprinkle them and put in plastic bag. I put them in the freezer made for much easier ironing. I still iron but I don't sprinkle them now.
    I also use that idea of batting or I use felt and take a piece of fabric just a shade smaller ane sew down center to put in my take along sewing. That way I dont leave unwanted thread on there carpet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    I never could thread the machine needle easily, so
    many years ago started putting a slash of White-Out
    on the foot, so it would show the needle hole when
    trying to stick the thread through it. Or a dollop of plain
    white paint on a Q tip.

    Or on a friend's machine I hold a strip of white paper
    behind it, works nicely that way too.
    I have a drop in bobbin in my machine and a clear bobbin 'cover'. I put a dab of white out on the bobbin and I can tell when the bobbin is out of thread because I don't see it going around as I am sewing. This is better than finding out 2 feet ago I ran out of thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    When I was a kid back in the 40's, my grandmother would sprinkle the clothes and roll them tightly. If she couldn't
    get to the ironing the next morning she would store them in an old refrigerator in the basement until she could get around to ironing.
    My mom did the same thing....putting them in the frig....and they iron like a dream. I sometimes do this by spray starching, rolling it up, and put in the refrigerator. Wallaa! very smooth ironin!

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    I have two of the old sprinkler tops, just love them, have them displayed on bottles in my laundry room. I grew up using them, my stepmom would put her ironing in the freezer, but my mom didn't have a freezer so we had to do the ironing the regular way. wow what great memories.

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    Thank you so much for the freezer tip about ironing! I had a couple of cotton clothing items I couldn't wear because no matter how much I ironed them, they stayed wrinkled. I just ironed them this way and they look great. Thanks!

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    I love all the helpful hints. This one is for Deb Watkins. I used to use a little trash bin right under my sewing machine until I saw one of these at the quilt guild I go to. I made one for myself (without a pattern) and I just love it. I also made one for my "pin cushion swap buddy". Not knowing the best thing to weigh it down with, I put a handful of pennies on the bottom and put polyfil on top of it. Not really professional, but I just love it
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