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    A hint for the footpedal of your machine -- to keep from sliding, put it in one of those trays for wet boots -- they come in a two pack so there is usually one left over -- my basement (aka 'the studio') occasionally gets wet and right by my chair -- the boot tray has about a 1" lip and it is rubber. The foot pedal is always dry and never moves
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    It's so great to see all these wonderful tips! Here's another one about the starch situation. I googled 'powdered starch' and got the obvious: cornstarch. Despite growing up in a 'make-do' time and an extremely 'make-do' rural neighbourhood, I guess I'm falling prey to the trend to specialization. Here's the link and lots of the tips are wonderful for around the house, including the recipe for both spray starch and a 'soaking' starch. Hope you enjoy it, too!
    http://www.hodgsonmill.com/tips-tric...-starch-tricks

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    I can remember when my mother took in ironing. She would "sprinkle" the clothes, then put them in the freezer for awhile. She said this made the iron just glide across the fabric. I think it does!

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    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? :?
    Yes!! My grandmother used a 7-up bottle with the sprinkler thingy attached. I well remember going to her fridge for a snack but finding plastic bags full of rolled up clothes waiting for ironing :lol:
    She did wash for a living - all with non-automatic roller type washing machine and no dryer.

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    My mom did the same thing with clothes. Sprinkling was my favorite job. She also had pants stretchers. I remember her and my aunts were so excited about them. She hung them on a rod behind the wood stove. They worked great unless you did not get the slacks on there straight.

    I have to keep my husbands shirts ironed for work. He has over 75 Hawaiian shirts ! Not because they are required, he just likes them. I just do not understand wearing stuff that is wrinkly. Looks so unkempt. I guess I am just old fashioned.

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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.
    Good idea...I'm in a wheelchair and I have thread and little scraps of material all over the footplate. So I leave all those little messes all over the house. Even found one of my cheater needles in the dining room, far from where it was supposed to be.

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    I have my mother's old coca cola bottle with a sprinkler type cork on top. Had it wrapped in my carry-on -- you should have seen the confusion at the airport --none of the youngsters working knew what it was! Took several old folks in line to convince them it was okay -- and it had no liquid in it. Everytime I look at it I can picture my mom using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAQUITA
    my grandmother uses her OLD pantyhose (the ones with runs in them) to store her onions and potaoes in. WHILE hanging them up on the carport so they could get some air and not rot as fast!

    Yes, her pantyhose. :)
    I do this too! My husband mentioned it when we were first married and trying to figure out how to dry them. I'm only 46 but it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwestmary
    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? :?
    Yes!! My grandmother used a 7-up bottle with the sprinkler thingy attached. I well remember going to her fridge for a snack but finding plastic bags full of rolled up clothes waiting for ironing :lol:
    She did wash for a living - all with non-automatic roller type washing machine and no dryer.
    Mom used a Coke bottle with the aluminum sprinkler stuck in the mouth of the bottle. I have that thing around here somewhere. I remember Mom asking what I want that old thing for anyhow. And she had pants stretchers too. Medival torture devices if as a kid you ran in to them!! And the ringer washer - I don't know how many times I ran my hand thru the wringer with a bunch of clothes. But we had an electric dryer when the 5th baby came along. Us kids thought we were living high on the hog then!!

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    My husband had to wear white shirts everyday to work. One day I ironed all of them except one. The next morning he asked where that shirt was, told him it was still in the ironing pile and if he wanted it he would have to iron it himself and then I told him he could iron all his shirts from then on. Guess who took his shirts out to get them ironed.

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    Thanks for this thread. There are some awesome tips here.
    I like the "old fashion" tips that are still beings used today.
    :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mousie
    Quote Originally Posted by BRenea
    When you're at the sewing machine, pin a scrap of cotton batting (I use a safety pin so I don't get poked) to the shoulder of your shirt. As you snip threads, just stick them on the batting scrap. When a lot of thread accumulates, just throw it away. Just don't forget to take it off when you're done...I once met someone at the door wearing mine! :D
    I save all scraps and thread cuttings...so after using this tip, toss in a bag and keep for stuffing pillows etc.

    LOL, renea, I bet they thought your 'pin' was creative! :lol:
    About a month ago, I had an allergy appt. and while talking to him, I happened to notice a baby diaper pin on the sleeve of my long sleeved shirt.
    I was shocked, so blurted out, "I have a safety pin on my shirt!"
    I had forgotten that I put it there to mark for cutting. Was preparing to shorten sleeves. Doc said, "Leave it there!"
    Smart man :XD:
    I once had a knee x-ray done with the hem of my skirt pulled up just over the knee....and there on the x-ray was the little safety pin holding up the hem of the skirt. On the x-ray it looked like it was in the leg bone! The doc got a good laugh out of that one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crickett Sweet
    I just spent a week at Quilting By The Lake in class with Anita Grossman Solomon - great class and great time. My question is "Where the heck do I find liquid starch?" I checked my two local grocery chains, Walmart and Target and can't find it anywhere. Checked on line and they want a ridiculous price for it and shipping on top of that?
    I found some "Sta-flo" liquid starch at Wal-Mart, which also has starch in aerosol cans. I have a recipe for using the Sta-flo and water to make a kinder, gentler starch. I've made it but I've not used it yet!

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    Something that should be in everybody's sewing room is a MAGNET to pick up pins when they get spilled. Very helpful.
    Love this Quilting Board. Just like sitting around talking with a group of friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetRosie
    Something that should be in everybody's sewing room is a MAGNET to pick up pins when they get spilled. Very helpful.
    Love this Quilting Board. Just like sitting around talking with a group of friends.
    Which reminds me, magnetic auto parts dishes are great for corralling pins, needles, feet and anything else metal. wayyyyyy cheaper than those pretty little magnetic pin holders....

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    I Like this!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by nana pat
    but what do you do with the food when you make room for the fabric in the freezer?
    You are supposed to put food in the freezer?

    Another hint, put a layer of heavy duty foil under your ironing pad and ironing is so much easier.

    Mary

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    When I was a child, clothes that were 100% cotton and needed ironing were put in the refrigerator or freezer and were much easier to iron

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twilliebee
    Hi, seems there are lots of tips and tricks to be found online. Just wondering if anyone has a favorite they'd like to share.
    I just learned one from an Anita Solomon Grossman book which she uses when starching large quantities of fabric. I rarely startch, but I love this tip: partially dry your fabric and throw it in the fridge or better yet the freezer. Iron when you have time. Something about the coldness of the fabric makes it iron even smoother. Don't know why, but it sure works, especially when I don't have time to iron and don't want the fabric to get too dry or go sour.
    when i was a little girl i remember the lady next door would go to her freezer and take out her husbands dress shirts and iron them !! i was always amazed at seeing her do this but the shirts looked great when she was done

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    i have seen several "Wand" type magnets and all they did was pick up pins and needles on the end of the wand . SO I got me some magnetic tape and it had a sticky back and put it on the underside of a spatula. bend the stem to suit your self and tada you can pick up tons of pins and needles at once :)

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    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.

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    ditto!

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    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![/quote]
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    You forgot ironing just the cuffs of a shirt worn with a sweater or
    jacket when in a mad rush and no time to do any sort of ironing.

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    My Dad was in World War II and when he was in the army his pay was sent home to his mother and he did ironing to earn his spending money. Sometimes he would put the "Army " crease in his work shirts. He taught me to do it for him sometimes also. He would have been 89 on the 7th this brought me an old memory.

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    Here are a few of my tips:
    - tape a coffee filter on table to hold threads
    - prescription bottle beside machine to hold broken needles & pins
    - magnetic auto parts dish holds my pins
    - glue a magnet on the end of dowel rod to pick up dropped pins or needles
    - when threading needle, wet needle hole instead of thread (thread expands when wet making it harder to thread)

    Those are just a few that I can think of right now. I remember my mom rolling her sleeveless blouses in a plastic bag & putting them in the bottom drawer of the fridge. That was her designated ironing drawer.

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    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? :?

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