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    --and do you remember there was a device mounted on the edge of the table that they simply pulled the fabric through it and it measured off the length? A dial would go around to indicate how much yardage had been pulled through. Then it would clip the appropriate spot for how much you requested and they tore the fabric instead of cutting it? Really quick way of measuring yardage!

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    [quote=nannya54]Here is a picture ( I hope ) of the fabric. The middle one, purple, is the one with the price tag of 28 cents but the three of them have all the same texture. No smell, even while ironing them but they feel kind of stiff and grainy - not like cotton's today. Perhaps they starched them prior to bolting and selling?[/quote

    Those are GREAT. Lucky You!

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    Quote Originally Posted by illinois
    --and do you remember there was a device mounted on the edge of the table that they simply pulled the fabric through it and it measured off the length? A dial would go around to indicate how much yardage had been pulled through. Then it would clip the appropriate spot for how much you requested and they tore the fabric instead of cutting it? Really quick way of measuring yardage!
    Those machines were soooo cooool! Probably more acurate than the way it's done now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by illinois
    --and do you remember there was a device mounted on the edge of the table that they simply pulled the fabric through it and it measured off the length? A dial would go around to indicate how much yardage had been pulled through. Then it would clip the appropriate spot for how much you requested and they tore the fabric instead of cutting it? Really quick way of measuring yardage!
    Oh my gosh! I do remember those. My word, haven't thought of those since last seen used. Probably was more accurate. It's nice when some stores automatically give you a couple of inches more just to be "safe". The way some clerks cut, you have no idea if you're getting your full yardage. I hover over the clerk and help straighten out the fabric and get dirty looks. lol Oh well, thanks for the memory.

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    We used that machine at the T.G.&Y. I worked at back in H.S. Wow that takes me back. Yep, fabric was a whole lot cheaper back then and lasted forever.
    We sold so much polyester it wasn't even funny. I remember the ladies coming in and saying they were also making quilts with the polyester. Yuk! or so I thought then. Now I see a quilt of polyester and laugh because they are still holding up really well and quite warm. :roll:

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    I really miss TG&Y. Could get some really good stuff there at a wonderful price. Got lots of laces and embellishments back then and shudder when I see the prices on the same today! Loved that store.

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    I got some pre-printed linens (yes real linen) at a yard sale once that still had the TG&Y pricetags on it.. some were marked $1.00 for a 3 piece dresser set. My mom bought me a whole box for a couple of dollars. amazing.. That was in the 60's and I still have a few bits of it.

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    What memories! Mother bought and/or ordered from Penney's, Sears and Wards for many, many years. I'm finding some at her house that is priced well below $1 a yard, but I'm not sure what year she got them. Most seems to hold up well except the black. It will almost fall apart in your hands when you touch it.

    I used to buy a lot at TG&Y (especially in the 70's), and they would have some really great prices, but not that low.

    I'd forgotten about the little machine that did the measuring - thanks for the memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    I inherited scads of lace on the bolt and silk fabric. It was given to me 25 years ago and the owner had had it for many years. There were some price tags. I don't remember well but less than a dollar for a bolt of lace (yards and yards). The silk was high end and I don't think she paid very much for it. I treasured it for years and have now finally sewn most of it. A photo of it would look good on the wall in your sewing room. Good find. Did it smell? How do you get the smell out? Some of my Mom's had been stored and got 'the smell'.
    I'm not sure if this would work or not, but at Sam's Club, they have this stuff called Odoban. It's taken out every odor I've come across so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nannya54
    I picked up a box of fabrics at a garage sale knowing some were a bit unusable and in unpacking them I found one that had the sale's tag on it still. Off to the side it said "9 Yds" and the tag stapled on said "Penneys $.28" First of all, I didn't know that Penneys ever sold fabric and then the 28cents threw me a bit. Anyone out there have a clue how old this fabric is?
    over 32 years, I worked at JCP in 1978 in the fabric dept after that they fazed out the dept

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    Do you remember, too, that KMart used to carry fabric? One of our favorite "stories" is from that era. I had made a dress from KMart fabric and wore it to church. There was a lady who wore nothing but the best from upscale boutiques who arrived at the same time we did--wearing a dress made from the exact same fabric. We never saw her wear that dress again!!

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    Post a picture of the fabric. My Mom is guessing it is about 35 years old, just from the price.[/quote]

    my guess would be older. I've been quilting since the early-mid 70s, paying c.$4/yd back then.

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    they look like feedsack to me, or possible 30s fabric (from the 30s)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nannya54
    I picked up a box of fabrics at a garage sale knowing some were a bit unusable and in unpacking them I found one that had the sale's tag on it still. Off to the side it said "9 Yds" and the tag stapled on said "Penneys $.28" First of all, I didn't know that Penneys ever sold fabric and then the 28cents threw me a bit. Anyone out there have a clue how old this fabric is?
    Yes, Penney's sold fabrics for decades.. my mom and her mom bought fabrics there when mom was young. I worked there in the '70's after college but then got away from sewing (gasp!) until the early 2000's when I took up quilting. So, I am not sure when they quit with fabrics and sewing machines. If that was $.28 per yard it could have been a very long time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    they look like feedsack to me, or possible 30s fabric (from the 30s)
    No, definitely not feedsack, and they don't look quite old enough for the 30's. Penney's had a wide variety of fabric quality. I do remember when calicos were always 36 inches wide. These look like great fun to add to a quilt!

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    Hi, have been watching silently for quite a while, but couldn't resist a comment. I started sewing my own clothes in 1954 and can remember that I could not go over $1 per yard. I believe the fabric has to be at least that old

    I worked at W.T. Grants and they sold fabric. My mother always ordered from Sears. My first sewing lessons came in 1949 when she ordered terry cloth yardage to make wash cloths and towels for my new baby brother arriving. I learned to sew and hem them on an old Singer treadle. Thanks much for the memories. I really enjoy spending time with you.

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    The flower one on the far right struck me as familiar and then it dawned on me. My sister just bought the same pattern (...I don't remember where). It's feedsack material! They used to have some really pretty feed sacks because women used the material to make their children (and themselves) clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nannya54
    Here is a picture ( I hope ) of the fabric. The middle one, purple, is the one with the price tag of 28 cents but the three of them have all the same texture. No smell, even while ironing them but they feel kind of stiff and grainy - not like cotton's today. Perhaps they starched them prior to bolting and selling?
    I just posted a comment about your picture. Of course I did it wrong and now I'm doing it properly. I hope they're together and will be self-explanatory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by illinois
    --and do you remember there was a device mounted on the edge of the table that they simply pulled the fabric through it and it measured off the length? A dial would go around to indicate how much yardage had been pulled through. Then it would clip the appropriate spot for how much you requested and they tore the fabric instead of cutting it? Really quick way of measuring yardage!
    Oh sweek Jiminey Crickets!!...I do remember that machine!!!

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    I had to sew most of my clothes for school and in high school purchased most of my fabric from Penney's since their quality was good and reasonably priced. I grad. in 1965 so that tells you how many years ago that was!
    One year I purchased this beautiful red Asian print and made a blouse to go with the red wool skirt I also made. Thought I looked pretty spiffy. Then when I went to school on one of the first days of the year there was a friend whose mother sewed for her in the exact same outfit! We had a good laugh over that as we never compared notes on what we were making/wearing to school. The only difference in the blouses was that one was made from a Simplicity pattern and the other McCalls but still the same style. Who said you could be original if you sewed your own clothes!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by illinois
    --and do you remember there was a device mounted on the edge of the table that they simply pulled the fabric through it and it measured off the length? A dial would go around to indicate how much yardage had been pulled through. Then it would clip the appropriate spot for how much you requested and they tore the fabric instead of cutting it? Really quick way of measuring yardage!
    Yes, and I thought they were very accurate compared to how they do it today. I haven't seen one of those in years. Wish I could have picked up one as a neat piece of yesterday to display in my sewing area!

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    Quote Originally Posted by illinois
    --and do you remember there was a device mounted on the edge of the table that they simply pulled the fabric through it and it measured off the length? A dial would go around to indicate how much yardage had been pulled through. Then it would clip the appropriate spot for how much you requested and they tore the fabric instead of cutting it? Really quick way of measuring yardage!
    That's something I probably never would have remembered without your description. For some reason they seemed really cool. I wonder why they stopped using them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by illinois
    --and do you remember there was a device mounted on the edge of the table that they simply pulled the fabric through it and it measured off the length? A dial would go around to indicate how much yardage had been pulled through. Then it would clip the appropriate spot for how much you requested and they tore the fabric instead of cutting it? Really quick way of measuring yardage!
    Oh that brings back memories I had forgotten #6 in. material hasn't been around for many years. I think you have material from the 50's.

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    OMG. I was given some fabric that was in my Grandmother's stash of fabric and I have those fabrics too. She passed in 1986 and hadn't bought fabric for years. Most of her stuff was given to her from her kids or recycled. I have used the one on the left for a quilt. It is truely a small world. I doublt that she ever went to a Penney's because she did not drive and I don't remember her town in VA having a Penney's within walking distance for her. But they had a Woolworth's that I remember as a child walking to, sitting at the soda fountain while my Grandma shopped. That was 40-45yrs. ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by illinois
    --and do you remember there was a device mounted on the edge of the table that they simply pulled the fabric through it and it measured off the length? A dial would go around to indicate how much yardage had been pulled through. Then it would clip the appropriate spot for how much you requested and they tore the fabric instead of cutting it? Really quick way of measuring yardage!
    I remember that! Boy that goes way back to when I was a kid learning to sew with my grandma's help! I think that way of measuring and tearing was far more accurate than the way it is done today. Tearing across the grain is always straight. And with that little machine, you always got the amount you ordered. I wonder why they don't use that thing anymore!?

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