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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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    Ah, yes, the sprinkling bottle. Flash back - my mother made very heavy starch, dipped our petty coats into that and then would take them to the yard and arrange the petty coat in a circle and let it dry like that. She took great pride in doing that because we always had the greatest petticoats while every one else's was limp. Boy, did those things itch.

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    Years ago, we used to dampen our clothes and then put in the refrigerator andiron later. Didn't have dry spots, that way.

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    I saw these at a quilt store. What is used at the top of the bag to keep it so open?
    Dodee

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyg
    Ah, yes, the sprinkling bottle. Flash back - my mother made very heavy starch, dipped our petty coats into that and then would take them to the yard and arrange the petty coat in a circle and let it dry like that. She took great pride in doing that because we always had the greatest petticoats while every one else's was limp. Boy, did those things itch.
    I remember starching mine that way too. Maybe that was a Texas thing.

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    Just thought I would add my "2 cents' worth". I use the aerosol spray "Magic Sizing" instead of spray starch. It gives freshly washed and dried fabrics (or some that have been in the stash for a while) that new-fabric feel! Also, when I applique using a manilla-folder template, I cut around it about a 1/4" larger. Then, placing the piece right-side down, place the template in the center. I use the lid of the the sizing to spray directly into it, and dip my finger in, then wet the outer edge of the applique and fold over template, ironing as I go. When all edge is ironed onto the template, turn the whole thing over and press the top side. lift up starched edge, peel off the template, then press again, returning the turned-under edge back in place. Perfect applique, ready for hand or machine applique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twilliebee
    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....
    I use one of the business-sized or larger advertising magnets that are sent through the mail or glued to the front of my new phone directory. I stick one to my metal machine and put pins on it as I sew. Then, when I go back to pinning again, I peel it off gently from the machine and take it to my chair to use the pins again. If you have several of these you can rotate back and forth between chair and machine.

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    I remember my mom ironing with a cast to her hip. And she taught us how on dads hankies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodee
    I saw these at a quilt store. What is used at the top of the bag to keep it so open?
    Dodee
    I don't know what they use but if I were making one I'd probably use plastic from a 2 liter bottle soft drink; seems like the right size...and cheap.

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    [quote=AnnaK]
    Quote Originally Posted by Dodee
    I saw these at a quilt store. What is used at the top of the bag to keep it so open?
    Dodee
    I don't know what they use but if I were making one I'd probably use plastic from a 2 liter bottle soft drink; seems like the right size...and cheap.[/quote


    I have one of these and there isn't anything there to keep it open, it's just the thickness of the top of the bag that keeps it open and the way it hangs from the pincushion part. I use mine all the time on the corner of my sewing table.

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    I'v used the sprinkling and refrig. deal. my mom had a soft drink bottle with this sprinkle cap on it that she use to use.Here's a tip if your iron is not as slick as you like, run it over a piece of wax paper while it's on. cleans it right up. Just had to do this as some how my iron sat down on my plastic point turner and melted in to the iron. DUH!!!

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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.
    I haven't read through the whole post on this topic so apologies if I'm repeating. My favourite tip is to keep a spray bottle filled with half water and half white vinegar by the ironing board. Brilliant for getting those creases out both in clothes or fabric especially calico (or muslin as you call it) which creases horribly after washing.

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    thread catcher-I used that plastic hard binding that you would get around packages to make mine. It worked well for keeping the top opened. I also used sand in mine for the pin cushion part.
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    MINE HAS A TILE IN IT AND ON THE BOTTOM THE NON SCOOTING STUFF SO IT STAYS IN PLACE. ALSO VELCRO HOLDS THE TOP AND THE BAG TOGETHER SO YOU JUST UNHOOK IT TO EMPTY. MADE MINE INA A CLASS I TOOK.

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    On those pin and trash holders...."what holds the trash area open"....inside you have plastic tubing. The tubing can be purchased at a fish aquarium store....it is the same tubing that is used to pump air into the tanks. However, if you know someone that goes into the hospital for surgery, as them to save the tubing that goes from their nose to the tank or connection on the wall in the hospital. That is where I got mine.

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    MINE IS MADE FROM A PIECE OF QUILTEDED MATERIAL WHICH IS HEAVY ENOUGH TO HOLD ITSSELF OPEN. YOU COULD PROBABLY GOOGLE FOE A PATTERN FOR SEWING SRRAP BAG.

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