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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 Mother did the same with her starched clothes. Rolled theem up and put in refrigerator. till she could iron them.

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    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

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    Do you know I still have the old "sprinkler botter" my mother and grandmother used. It had a cork stopper which is still pretty much intact. Wouldn't part with that for the world. Mum used to put her dampened clothes in the fridge also. Reading this blog sure brought back some memories. Our white blouses could stand up by themselves, they had so much starch in them.

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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 did an eBay search for these recently and there were several to choose from. (I have an old house and a newly-redone-vintage-looking laundry room, so I need these things!)

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    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!![/quote]

    It's fun sharing memories :) I remember pants stretchers, and clothes hung all over her house. I used to be afraid of the farmers overalls that she would bring in from the line freeze-dried! I'm sure there are a lot of us who remember what a chore it was to keep house fifty years ago :)

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    I found mine at Target. They had several different brands of starch

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    Always kept my sprinkled clothes in the frig...it was before freezers that were large enough to hold anything beside ice cubes. And always kept the dry starch to put very stiff starch in my nursing cap then plaster it to the front of the refrig. to dry. Very, very stiff and shiny on one side. Don't know where that cap is now! Certainly brings back memories of childhood and early married life.

    Beside pants stretchers, my Mom had sock stretchers for my Dad's hand knit socks!

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    Yep, got the pant stretchers too!!!!
    I have used these up to today... my husband wears
    wranglers and the creases are great ... he loves his wranglers to be real stiff...Mom used them for all of my bros and dads pants... this was one of the things I had on my private wish list to get from mom and dads estate ... I got them!!!
    wringer washers!! wow... my folks had a Laundrymat in Phoenix in the 40's and the machines were the wringer tops... i remember the one we had in our Laudry closet too!!! g-ma got her had in it all the time!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Midwestmary
    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!!
    It's fun sharing memories :) I remember pants stretchers, and clothes hung all over her house. I used to be afraid of the farmers overalls that she would bring in from the line freeze-dried! I'm sure there are a lot of us who remember what a chore it was to keep house fifty years ago :)[/quote]

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    I turn my iron on and off using the switch on the surge protector it is plugged into. If the red light is on, so is the iron!

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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? :?
    I do remember the aluminum top you spoke of but they probably don't make them anymore. I also remember my mother boiling a potato , straining the water off and using it to starch my father's shirts. His shirts looked amazing. This thread has me going down memory lane again.

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    This goes back to the days before the steam iron. my grandmother 'sprinkled' her clothes with an old brown clorox bottle that she had punched small holes in the lid. She placed her clothes in the fridge overnight and ironed the next day. Home-made steam!

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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.
    I do remember those washing machines, I had one. They were great with the deep set tubs. One for washed clothes and then the rinsed clothes on the other one. For you young ones the set tub had two sinks side by side but all in one unit. oh my !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katia
    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.
    Pants stretchers reminded me of something else from those old days. Anyone remember curtain stretchers? When you finished putting the curtains on them your fingers were really sore. But boy did those lace curtains look good and stayed that way for quite a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwestmary
    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!!
    It's fun sharing memories :) I remember pants stretchers, and clothes hung all over her house. I used to be afraid of the farmers overalls that she would bring in from the line freeze-dried! I'm sure there are a lot of us who remember what a chore it was to keep house fifty years ago :)[/quote]
    Another memory: The smell of line dried clothes , still damp, laid over the iron radiator. If I close my eyes I can still smell them.

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    My mother asked my dad's cousins for the quilting frame their mother used.

    When I unwrapped the worn duck cloth from around the sticks, I found boards with nails in every half inch. My mother-in-law finally identified them as curtain stretchers. So I don't know if Aunt Clara used that for a quilt frame, or if the frame ended up somewhere else.

    While they might be considered antique, I decided to repurpose them. I knocked the nails out and will use them for a quilt frame with the sawhorses my dad built for that purpose.

    I think cloth ties will stretch the quilt to the side bars and leave me free from damage by those nails....

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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.
    I have a good magnet glued to the head of a bamboo back scracher to pick up pins when they fall... I don't like bending over that far and they are hard to pick up anyway :thumbup:

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    we will will storing fabric in freezers from now on, this is so funny, a good hiding spot from hubby

    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Tails
    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.
    LOLOLOL OMG all I can picture is all of us having NOTHING in our freezers but fabric!!!!

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    Thank you for the tip, and God bless.

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    I keep a couple of empty (and clean) toilet paper rolls in my sewing room. After I cut and press my binding for quilts I wind them upon the paper rolls. And when I have leftover binding, I leave it on the roll and store it for the next time I do charity quilts. When I am ready to sit at my machine and attach my binding to my quilted top, I stick a comfortable old necktie through the paper roll (with my binding on it). Then tie the necktie on like a necklace. As I attach the binding, it unrolls from the toilet paper roll from around my neck. This way the binding does not get tangled up in my lap or on the floor as I attach it. Saves me some time from the continuous untwisting of the binding! I also remember having to sprinkle clothes....Now I keep a plastic spray bottle of water and another of of water and pretty smelling starch on my pressing board for my quilting fabrics. But clothes??? From dryer to my body!

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    Here is a reproduction of the plastic sprinke cap that you can purchase new, now:

    http://www.gourmac.com/launsprin.html

    But you can find the older ones on ebay too.

    Or, take an waterbottle's plastic lid off, heat a nail and punch holes in it. Re-screw the lid on, and off you can sprinkle. Not as wonderful as the one Mom used.....but will work

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarySews
    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
    Mary
    Mary I loved this idea. I have been trying rubber backing for rugs and other small rubber things trying to get my foot pedal from hiding at the back of my cabinet where I can't reach it.
    Thanks for the great hint!
    Nettie

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    My favorite tip:

    Walk away from the machine or the cutting board when things start going wrong..

    that is probably the hardest advice i ever learned..and the smartest!
    Yes, I have to agree with this one.. otherwise you just get deeper and deeper.

    Also, my most helpful tip was to press from the top. It really helps! I am still struggling with the concept of pressing, not ironing. It seems like my arm just automatically irons, no matter how often I tell it to stop and just press. :roll: :roll:

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    Hello All,

    Of of you using starch be careful! I heard this from some fellow quilters that something in the starch attracts bugs if your items are not stored correctly.

    Nettie

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    I just found these two last night from Lynne Edwards, one of my quilting heroes. The first is for making pieced borders fit perfectly. She's so laid back! She makes a strip of pieced border and then works backwards adding one or more plain borders to make it fit. Have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNT5fiXXlcA

    The second is one I already do and have for a long time now. I try never to cut width of fabric if I can possibly avoid it. I cut the length which is so much more stable. Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeTWw...eature=related

    I'm sure enjoying all the posts. I remember my Mom heating irons on the woodstove when I was kid. No, I'm not really the Ancient of Days. Electricity didn't come to our area until 1957 or thereabouts. My school had an outhouse and so did everybody else. I got a look at a flush toilet for the first time in around 1959 when we went to visit someone in the 'city', population 2,500. LOL

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    when you haven't got time to do any quilting stroke your favourite piece of fabric, instant relaxation!!

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