Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > Need Tips: Making stockings last longer. ( Moderated by MissCelie)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Need Tips: Making stockings last longer.
I remember two: do you have any?
jadamo00
star
jadamo00
Advanced
NY USA
Member since 3/13/06
Posts: 1264
Login to reply to this post

Date: 8/22/12 10:06 AM

I'm hard on stockings because my feet are wide and my shoes don't fit and the heels scrape and...

I guess we all know these tips: clear nail polish to stop a run. Also spraying a run with hair spray.

This morning, I PAINTED the heels of a new pair of nylons with clear nail polish. Took a while and I'm wondering if there are any other tips out there.

I could paint them with thinned Elmers glue but I don't believe that stuff is waterproof.

j.

NhiHuynh
starstarstar
NhiHuynh
Advanced
CA USA
Member since 1/4/11
Posts: 706
Login to reply to this post

Date: 8/22/12 10:26 AM

I would think fray check would work similarly to clear nail polish but haven't tried it myself. I always have a bottle of fray check in the sewing room.

During colder (California cold) weather I wear thicker stockings so they are less prone to running.

In high school I use to be in dance production, drill team and color guard. We use to always wear these thick "skin colored" tights. Those were not pretty but pretty durable. Maybe their look has improved because mine always looked like I had a bad orange tan.

------
I finally have a blog. www.detectivehoundstooth.com :)

Mufffet
starstarstarstar
Mufffet  Friend of PR
Intermediate
VT USA
Member since 8/14/05
Posts: 10479
Login to reply to this post

In reply to jadamo00 <<


Date: 8/22/12 10:36 AM

Stockings?! O.K....people are still wearing them, eh? Well, I buy knee-highs by the 6 pr. (the sheer support knee-his last a lot longer) and when there is a hole I toss that one. NEVER going back to the days of nail polish on my nylons....yipes. OR you can save the ruined ones and use as tomato and other plant ties for either gardening or deck gardening - to find a reuse is a good thing.

------
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
--Dalai Lama

I have sewing machines

lgrande
star
lgrande  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
MT USA
Member since 1/18/12
Posts: 1535
Login to reply to this post

In reply to jadamo00 <<


Date: 8/22/12 10:40 AM

You mean 'nylon stockings'? As in, pantyhose?
Haven't worn those in years.
I do wear Gold Toe brand socks and since I tend to put the toes out I will save them up and get out my darning egg have a marathon 'toe darning' evening.

------
Linda

Bernina 830LE
Brother Dreamweaver VQ3000
Bernina B530
Janome 6600P
Pfaff 1209
Babylock Evolution
Janome 644D

Vivienne
star
Vivienne
Intermediate
BC CANADA
Member since 6/29/04
Posts: 1080
Login to reply to this post

Date: 8/22/12 11:01 AM

Switch to net tights - provides some coverage, looks cute, and are more durable.

------
Cheap fabrics, like cheap shoes, are a false economy.

SunnyAlta
SunnyAlta
Intermediate
Member since 7/11/10
Posts: 301
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 1 member likes this.
Date: 8/22/12 12:37 PM

Freeze new nylons before wearing them. Somehow supposed to strengthen & last longer. Worth a try?

Support or light support seem to be slightly better made & last longer than non-support cheaper pairs in my experience.

Always wash in a net bag in the machine if you don't want to hand wash. Assume no one would ever put their nylons in the dryer....

stirwatersblue
star
stirwatersblue
Intermediate
KS USA
Member since 12/13/08
Posts: 3068
Login to reply to this post

Date: 8/22/12 1:45 PM

I have not worn stockings in many a year (HUZZAH!! I for one do not miss them one bit!), but back when we wore them with everything, I found there to be a HUGE difference in quality, durability, and fit between nicer brands like Victoria's Secret, and drugstore stockings like No Nonsense. They feel better, fit better, and last longer.

------
~Gem in the prairie

tourist
star
tourist  Friend of PR
Intermediate
BC CANADA
Member since 7/23/07
Posts: 6097
Login to reply to this post

Date: 8/22/12 1:53 PM

Someone on PR once mentioned a washing product that apparently works really well. I would love to try it. I still wear pantyhose for competition, although I have been told many people wear fishnets that apparently have padded feet so they don't cut into the soles of your feet, I haven't tried them yet. I am told they last much better than standard pantyhose and make your legs look better on the floor. Maybe it is my old eyes, but I have watched a lot of competitions and really can't see a difference.

The product was called something "hose", I think and was simple to use (no rinse, maybe?), made them last longer and maybe odor preventing? Seemed like a great idea at the time but I never followed up on it.

------
http://bgballroom.wordpress.com to follow the progress on my next ballgown.

missbeth033
missbeth033
Intermediate
TN USA
Member since 8/11/07
Posts: 33
Login to reply to this post

In reply to tourist <<


Date: 8/22/12 7:17 PM

Was it Hose Mate or maybe Hosiery Mate?

Linda in TN

Speech girl
starstar
Speech girl  Friend of PR
Intermediate
GA USA
Member since 5/11/03
Posts: 2060
Login to reply to this post

In reply to missbeth033 <<


Date: 8/22/12 9:17 PM

I used to buy Hosery Mate at department stores-- it claimed to strengthen hosery.

------
Kim
formerly mikkim
http://girlwithatimemachine.wordpress.com/

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Sewing Techniques and Tips >> Need Tips: Making stockings last longer.

Merchants on PR
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Deals!
Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover
Made In Australia
Deals!
SewBaby
Unique Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Create a Jacket Muslin
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Create a Jacket Muslin

Online Sewing Classes
Beginners Guide to Dyeing Fabrics
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Beginners Guide to Dyeing Fabrics

Schnittquelle 01-133
photo
Review by Margaret on 3/15/14
Read Review

Jamie Christina Palooza Apron Pattern (JC309PA)
Jamie Christina Palooza Apron Pattern (JC309PA)

Details
Price: $14.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

You Sew Girl Beauty Case Pattern
You Sew Girl Beauty Case Pattern

Details
Price: $18.15
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Peek-A Boo Elastic Band Booties Digital Pattern ( Size 0 mo - 8 years )
Peek-A Boo Elastic Band Booties Digital Pattern ( Size 0 mo - 8 years )

Details
Price: $3.99
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Blank Slate Basic Blazer Digital Pattern
Blank Slate Basic Blazer Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

BurdaStyle Downloadable 3197 Lydia
photo
Review by senaSews on 9/12/08
Read Review

McCalls 6610 Pattern ( Size 6-8-10-12-14 )
McCalls 6610 Pattern ( Size 6-8-10-12-14 )

Details
Price: $18.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

McCalls 6440 Pattern ( Size 14-16-18-20 )
McCalls 6440 Pattern ( Size 14-16-18-20 )

Details
Price: $19.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN