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    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.

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    thanks for the tip

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    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.

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    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.

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    Love the damp fabric in the fridge tip!

    This is my favorite tip: Keep a small container of water near the ironing board and place just a drop of water on intersecting seams before pressing.

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    Years ago when I use to iron family of fives clothes, I always sprinkled with water and refrigerated them before ironing. It does help.
    Believe it or not, for many, many years people would never go anywhere withou their clothes ironed. Lost appeal to most when polyester was mixed with cotton and walla, wash n wear, no iron fabric and clothes.
    One pass time I was glad to see go away.

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    Lotion or baby oil on legs and a big wad of nylon net , rub good to get rid of dry flaky skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingleberry
    Years ago when I use to iron family of fives clothes, I always sprinkled with water and refrigerated them before ironing. It does help.
    Believe it or not, for many, many years people would never go anywhere withou their clothes ironed. Lost appeal to most when polyester was mixed with cotton and walla, wash n wear, no iron fabric and clothes.
    One pass time I was glad to see go away.

    I still love to iron and iron every week here at home and in the fifth wheel.

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    I don't love to iron but I still iron every week. too. My husband wears a dress shirt every day and I think they just look better lightly starched and 'flitched' off. I do remember my mother and gradnmother sprinkling clothes and then putting them in the frig!

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    My mother used to iron the man up the street work shirts to make extra money. We were always finding his shirts in the freezer

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    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. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingleberry
    Years ago when I use to iron family of fives clothes, I always sprinkled with water and refrigerated them before ironing. It does help.
    Believe it or not, for many, many years people would never go anywhere withou their clothes ironed. Lost appeal to most when polyester was mixed with cotton and walla, wash n wear, no iron fabric and clothes.
    One pass time I was glad to see go away.
    Funny , My mom used to sprinkle our clothes , then seperate them accourding to who was supposed to iron them. When ever we needed something to do she would tell us "You have a bag of ironing in the freezer , you should be doing". And all these years I thought my Mom was the only person who did this.
    Thanks for bringing up a memory that had not been visited in many years.

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    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

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    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!

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    My mom also sprinkled clothes before ironing and put them in the fridge, when she didn't have time to finish the ironing. My husband laughs at me and asked if I ever ironed anything before the minute I wanted to wear it. As for the next generation, when my granddaughter was a toddler, she pointed at my ironing board and asked me what it was for :-) Ha ha. Times they are a-changing.

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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!

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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.
    Thats neat! Thanks for the tip!!

    :mrgreen: :thumbup:

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    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!
    Oh Yeah , In fact I will fess - up that I have actually only ironed the collar if I had a pull over sweater.

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    but what do you do with the food when you make room for the fabric in the freezer?

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    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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    If you prick your finger and bleed on your fabric, grab a bundle of left over threads, spit on them and clean up the blood.
    Your spit has the enzymes in necessary to clean up your own blood.
    It works a treat.

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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.
    LOLOLOL OMG all I can picture is all of us having NOTHING in our freezers but fabric!!!!

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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.
    Sprinkle, roll it up, put it in a bag and into the freezer---brings back memories of growing up in a family of 8 before permenant press.

    When I'm hand sewing I use the tips that I've cut off rubber gloves for ease in pulling the needle through.

    One of my favorite things is a flat wooden tv tray (purchased at Goodwill for $5). I covered it with several layers of felt and then made a muslin fitted "sheet" for it. I take it to classes, retreats and set it up at home right by my sewing machine. My own private little ironing board! No waiting in line to press at class, no taking up tons of space at home.

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    My favorite tip was the directions for making a large top for my ironing board. WOW. It is SO much easier to iron big pieces of fabric and binding strips......and I had it together in 3 hours. Easy, cheap and highly effective. My kind of tip..............

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