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    wearing saftey pins

    I was working on taking apart my grandmas old aprons to make something with them today and every single apron had saftey pins on them. I never used to think anything about it when I was little and would see farmwives I knew wearing a saftey pin on their clothing . I just wondered if anyone knew why this used to be common for the women to wear a saftey pin? A few of the saftey pins on grandmas aprons were black not rusted black but made black. I have never seen black safteypins and thought they were neat.

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    Maybe your grandmother didn't like the tie around her neck so she pinned the front of the apron onto the bodice of her dress. I don't like the tie on my Thanksgiving apron so usually I just let the front flop down inside the bottom. Must remember safety pins next T-day!

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    they weren't the kind that tied for the most part they were snap,zip or button up sleevless smocks I guess some would call them . I also remembering her and some other "older"women having a saftey pin on their blouse or housedress.

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    I do that, it's easier to keep track of them while cleaning and come across one. Then I transfer them to my key ring so that I know where to find them and have them when necessary when "out and about."

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    Its for static electricity
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    Static Electricity!!! Wow! I need to start wearing a safety pin! We learn such good stuff on this board!
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    Mom always had safety pins on her apron or on her everyday clothes. The reason??? Well, she took them off clothes going into the laundry, had them at the ready when needed, and other than that I really don't know I just know they were there. Grandma had them too. I think it was a "just in case" sort of thing. I also remember mom putting them on clothes coming off the line that needed mending. Those went into a separate pile by her chair so that she could mend them at the end of the day.
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    My mother usually had a safety pin or two on her everyday shirts too, and now I find that I'm doing the same thing! Usually it's because I come across one somewhere, like in a kitchen drawer, and pin it to my shirt so I can take it to the proper place when I've finished whatever task I'm working on. But then I forget and the pin just stays on my shirt. I like to try and keep safety pins in box in my dresser, so I'll be able to find one when I need it, but sometimes I have to go in the closet and find that shirt...
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    Maybe it was to hang reading glasses on when not in use. Instead of having them attached to the thing around your neck.

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    Static? If anyone tries that, let me know, lol. WHen I lived up north, all winter long it was one shock after another. I used to joke that I needed a chain around my ankle to drag on the ground like the trucks did.
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    My mother/grandmother/aunts all did this very same thing. I asked my mother why she did it. Her answer was, you just never know when one would be needed. The main reason was a broken bra strap. Her exact words.. you never knew when the boulder holder would break, and it was not good to be near a wringer machine when it was broke. As she said, the bras were not as heavy duty back then as they are now. So I also asked my DH's mom..who is 10 years older..she said the same thing. lol
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    yes bra straps......sashes on dresses......and Diapers, you always needed some extra pins handy ...in case you drop one you need to finish diapering and then look for the pin, and when the children are older the pins were great for marking a seam that needed mending

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    Some ladies aprons did not have a strap around the neck. The apron top was pinned to what they were wearing.

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    My Grand ma had one to pin her housekey
    to when she went out, near home & could
    still wear her apron.
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    I smiled when I read your post raedar63. My MIL always had a pin attached to her clothes as well. Never saw it before and now think of her fondly when I am reminded of her old habit. Thanks for the reminder.
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    The Static Electricity idea is an old one brought into the modern day.
    I read somewhere that if you have static electricity in your polyester slacks, and wear panty hose,
    pin a safety pin in the hem or side seam of the slacks. It will cut the cling. Most often I would use Static-guard
    but tried it and safety pin does the job. Now, who wears polyester pants and panty hose these days...
    those of us old enough to remember wearing nylon stockings and garters. That's who!!

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    Yes, my grandmother always a safety pins in her aprons. So did dh's grandma.

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    My mom pinned a clean hankie to my school dress everyday. Sometimes my "milk money" was tied in it

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    I used to always have a safety pin or two on the zipper pull of my purse in case of need for either my clothes or the kids clothes. And always a little sewing kit, a box of bandaids and a bottle of ibuprofen in my desk drawer at work. Don't know what my former co-workers are doing now that I'm no longer there. LOL
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    my other wore them on her apron and I did on my dresses to have a ready "diaper pin"and I also put a chain
    of pins on my nurses uniform a quick one handy if I needed one

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    Since her pins were black, I wonder if they were to remember someone who had passed? I keep a safety pin on the zipper pull of my wallet in case of emergency.

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    It started with having babies. Most everybody used safety pins to close diapers and they kept having babies. As kids got older, Mom's still needed safety pins and it was handy to have it on your apron. My grandmother had some black safety pins, but my Mom said she never had any (my Mom was a safety pin apron wearing mom).

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    I remember my grandmother use to have a extra pin on her strap of her slip, when we needed one, she had it.

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    My aunt did that all the time. Course with 11 kids in the house I guess she needed an emergency pin for rips and tears. I sure would like to know if the static thingy really works! I literally have to touch metal everytime I move during the winter! No one wants to touch or be touched by me then! Even touching the plastic door panels in the truck I get a shock if I happen to touch one of the screws in the door. Grocery carts are good too if I take off my jacket and hit the cart!

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    I'm also fascinated by the "static" explanation and wonder how that works. When I wear my Crocs I zap everything I touch.

    Sounds like safety pins were women's equivalent of duct tape, lol.

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