Friday, October 10, 2008
Pet peeve--those scratchy tags
…HA’s mother always clipped out tags in clothes. Now, HA has a lump on the back of her neck—doctors shrug it off, but she thinks it’s from tag shards rubbing at her neck for decades.
…Needless to say, she does not wear designer duds where a tag might be a social plus.
…Terry Agins, writing as “Ask Teri” in the WSJ (Oct 9, 2008), says there is a right and wrong way to get those darn tags out.
…Most of us, she says, grab a scissors and hack across the tag, leaving a waddy strip that can still rip into skin.
...Better to use a sharp seam ripper—a little hooky deal that cuts threads.
…This takes a few minutes—so don’t wait until the moment you are leaving. (These can also pierce a finger, HA can report.)
…HA read a while back that a cheaper way to sew in labels was plastic line—this really scrapes when cut.
….But she has seen some labels printed on the cloth.
…Now there is an idea—Yves St Laurent, are you listening? Nah, probably not. Pain in the neck.