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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Janome Ruffler Foot Coupon

If you have a Janome sewing machine and watched my new Ruffler foot video, you might be interested in this coupon.  Janome just posted a 20% off coupon for the Ruffler foot.  Here is the link:

http://www.janomespecials.com/coupons/fb.htm

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Starching Petticoats!

  I received this post by email from Joy and wanted to share it with everyone: I would of loved to see these petticoats floating in the wind.  I would of been a youngester at that time.

In the late 50's we wore petticoats that we wanted to stand out as much as possible. We washed them by hand in sugar or plain non color gelatin(like jello) and then we hung them on the outside clothes line between out stretched on several lines.
I don't remember the recipe. Maybe some one else who is 70 to 75 remembers the recipe. I would also love to have it.


I wanted to check again to see if anyone else remembers this recipe.

I found this on the internet:
Sugar and water solution is my favorite. I've not had any problems occur using this mixture and I've lived in Hawaii, Nevada, Florida and California, high dry deserts to humid sea level conditions. Nor has any piece shaped using this solution been attacked by insects. I recommend using Mod Podge Matte Mat finish on your piece if you'd like to protect it further from moisture. This will produce a permanent finish. I apply two coats using a sponge allowing the piece to dry between applications.

Recipes (2 methods):
    Bring equal portions of sugar and water to a rapid boil, remove from heat and cool slightly.
      Bring water to a boil, and add sugar. Return to a boil and boil for a few minutes, or until like thin corn syrup. For best results in molding, boiling time may vary. Try experimenting in 2 minute increments for the best time for your climate and area. General rule of thumb, less boiling time results in longer drying time, while boiling too long may result in sugar crystals forming
      Procedures:
    Dip piece in solution, gently squeeze out excess being careful not to twist or wring the piece. Shape according to pattern instructions.
      Cool the cooked mixture slightly and dip piece in solution, gently squeeze out excess being careful not to twist or wring the piece. Shape according to pattern instructions.  
      Results:
      This produces a non-permanent hard finish which allows the natural feel of the crochet to come through.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Starching Kitchen Curtains!

Now that I have my bathroom and bedroom finished, the rest of our house needs a good cleaning.  That dust from sanding just travels everywhere.  So I am spring cleaning in the fall.  I just washed and starched my kitchen curtains and thought this might be something good to talk about.

My curtains were not that expensive but I thing they look wonderful.  I wash them and then I dip them into straight liquid starch.  Hand wring them out and let them line dry.  They come out almost not even needing ironed, but I did to get the points nice and straight.  The liquid starch is getting harder and harder to find but I still had some on hand.  I would like to get another bottle, so if anyone sees it anywhere, would you please let me know what store carries it? 

Now when you dip your curtains into the liquid starch they will look like they have a tint of blue to them.  When they dry this disappears and you would never know.  Here are the pictures of my curtains.  They hang so pretty and are very stiff and won't even move out of shape.  This was a technique that my grandmother Mergel use to use for crochet.  She made all kinds of things, but I remember a pair of little tiny high heel shoes the most.  They were green and white and oh so cute!! I use to love looking at them when I was small and dreamed of wearing them.  Isn't it something how little things stick into your mind and stay there your whole life.  She also use to mix up sugar and water, I believe, to also stiffen things.  Does anyone have the recipe for that? 





You can click on the pictures to enlarge for a closer look.  At least I can on my computer!