Dear Heloise: This is a hint that many of my friends have thanked me for, and I thought your readers might find this useful:
I often purchase vintage embroidery products, which may or may not have been previously started and ended up at an estate sale. Embroidery projects such as tablecloths are often worked on over several or more years, and many times are left for another generation to finish. It is often difficult to match brands and colors of threads on unfinished projects. I now take the label with the brand and color number and loosely sew it to the project using the colored thread from the skein. Sometimes I also sew the entire skein to the project if I intend to set the item aside, using the label to attach the skein. Now I no longer have to spend frustrating hours taking the article to the store and trying to color-match threads on old projects. —Bobbie, via e-mail
Embroidery projects can make great heirlooms! I liked your hint, and so will others, I'm sure! —Heloise
Dear Heloise: My Sound Off is opening a bill from a company and having it include a discount offer for new subscribers. Obviously, I am not eligible for this, and it serves only to make me frustrated with the price I am paying per month.
Hey, business owners, how about a discount now and then for your long-term loyal customers? — Don, via e-mail
Send a great hint to: Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000; fax: 1-210-435-6473; e-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.
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