Easy way to re-thread that drawstring
If you’ve ever had a drawstring come out of a hooded sweatshirt, you know what a pain it can be trying to put it back into place. Take a plastic drinking straw and slit it end-to-end with scissors. Place a section of drawstring into the straw. You can leave the knot(s) sticking out of the ends of the straw if need be. Poke one end of the straw into one hole of the drawstring casing, and you should be able to guide the straw through until it pops out through the other hole. Rebecca Stevens, Hickory
Clarification on nuking that stamp
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