Our ancestors were very frugal and remembering some of the penny pinching ideas they employed is helpful even now. Gram Mac was as tight as bark to a tree, but remembering what she would have done ha saved me a trip to a store recently. How?
I was marking a new (shorter) hemline in some lovely window drapes a friend had given me when I discovered that I had no thread that anywhere near matched their color! Since the material was a solid color, between sage green and a shade of olive green, that was not surprising. I wanted the new drapes hung, like yesterday. I'd cleaned the two windows and even had the ironing board out, all ready to give the lovely drapes a nice finish.
Fantastic idea, it never fails to amaze me what ideas we come up with. Well Done.
Do you mean you removed the old HEM thread, the basting thread from the hem you cut off, or do you mean you TURNED the fabric into thread, by pulling a thread out of it ?
What a wonderful idea. Now I know how to have matching thread for hand sewing.
I'm with DJ_DJ--I don't know what you mean. Your explanation isn't clear. Did the scrap fabric have a hem sewn by a sewing machine that you removed the thread from? That's about the only method I can imagine (I've done this myself). Please clarify.
Sounds to me like she carefuly pulled/seperated thread from the material itself.. wow neat.. no doubts about it matching. My mom was old school too. I also solved problems by stopping to think. *what would mama do?
No she used a pin or needle to pull threads from the material itself. If you do this, most the time at first you have short threads to use, but eventually you'll get long threads of the weave.
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