We are all trying to save a buck these days right? When have you gone too far in being frugal? I learned a thing -- or two -- about this lately.
Here's my story:
I started sewing some quilt squares using some old white fabric that came from my grandmother's stash after she passed. I don't know how old it is, where is came from or what it was meant for. I decided to use it because I had it and it didn't cost me a dime so... why not. Well, after I sewed about half the strips together, I thought I'd iron them. (I don't know why I stopped sewing and started ironing in the middle but it turned out to be a good idea.)
After ironing, I noticed something weird... The white strip had shrunk!! I had lost 1/4 inch in length on that side!! Holy Crap!
Good thing I only had to rip apart half of those darn buggers. I'll get back to that project later... Have to let the frustration settle some.
I thought I use some cheap thread to baste hexagons because... why not. I had it and the basting is on the back and doesn't matter how it's done right, so why not save some pennies on thread.
Well... When I pressed those little hexies... my iron melted that cheap thread and now I have a perfect black hexagon shape tattooed on my iron. I did some scrubbing to get most of it off. (I need a new iron anyway.) The good thing, I guess, is that the melted thread sort of glued the hexagon down so I didn't have to re-baste it. It survived ok.
I guess we all get to learn our lessons ourselves, huh.
Do you have an experience like this too?