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yjs123

23-07-07, 08:20 AM (GMT (BST))
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"Freezing ballet tights"
 
   I just gave away some old (from the '70s) unused ballet tights, and advised the recipient to put them in the freezer overnight before using them for the first time, as I had always done. She thought this was very strange. This advice for preventing ladders actually appears in several collections of household tips, but does it/did it actually apply to ballet tights? Also is there any reason to be careful of older ballet tights (e.g. elastic suddenly failing - as happened with some old non-ballet tights, whose elastic also seemed at first glance to be fine)?

Thanks,
Yaffa


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Freezing ballet tights Anjuli_Bai 23-07-07 1
     RE: Freezing ballet tights yjs123 23-07-07 2
         RE: Freezing ballet tights balletmum 23-07-07 3
             RE: Freezing ballet tights Anjuli_Bai 23-07-07 4
                 RE: Freezing ballet tights yjs123 23-07-07 5
                     RE: Freezing ballet tights yjs123 23-07-07 6
                         RE: Freezing ballet tights Robert 24-07-07 7

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Anjuli_Bai

23-07-07, 02:57 PM (GMT (BST))
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1. "RE: Freezing ballet tights"
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   Well, freezing tights is new to me. I would think it would make the fibers less flexible and therefore possibly prey to more tears not less.

The way I used to stop ladders from progressing was to brush them with clear nail polish. Sometimes I could catch them up with a bit of darning.

The elastic does fail after a time. I found Baryshnikov tights the most lasting - keeping their elasticity over a long period of time.


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yjs123

23-07-07, 03:24 PM (GMT (BST))
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2. "RE: Freezing ballet tights"
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   I forgot to mention - there is actually some discussion of this method and the possible science behind it online, e.g. do a search on:
stockings overnight freezer run
But I have no idea if it indeed helps the thicker ballet tights before the damage occurs. Afterwards - like Anjuli - I also used to use clear nail polish with generally good results.

Yaffa


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balletmum

23-07-07, 03:43 PM (GMT (BST))
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3. "RE: Freezing ballet tights"
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   I have heard that if you store elastic bands in the fridge it makes them last longer and not snap so easily so I suppose it's the same theory with the tights then!!

We did try it (7yr old son was desperate to try it out) and he left 5 bands in the fridge 5 lying around on the table fora week, then sat and played with them and wrapped them round things and, yes, the 5 that had been on the table didn't last as long so the coldness must help the elasticity or something!!

M
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Anjuli_Bai

23-07-07, 04:12 PM (GMT (BST))
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4. "RE: Freezing ballet tights"
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   So - does one have to store the tights in the freezer all the time - or just a couple of hours.

I really don't have room for all the tights (several dozens) in the freezer.

(Husband would not take kindly having tights on his plate rather than dinner.)


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yjs123

23-07-07, 04:34 PM (GMT (BST))
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5. "RE: Freezing ballet tights"
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   I was always told to soak them in water, squeeze gently, put them in a sealed plastic bag and then freeze overnight - but only before the first use. No idea what they taste like, though I do recall once hurriedly grabbing a bag of frozen tights, thinking they were sandwiches...

Yaffa

>So - does one have to store the tights in the freezer all
>the time - or just a couple of hours.
>
>I really don't have room for all the tights (several dozens)
>in the freezer.
>
>(Husband would not take kindly having tights on his plate
>rather than dinner.)


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yjs123

23-07-07, 05:08 PM (GMT (BST))
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6. "RE: Freezing ballet tights"
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   I have heard some chemists doubt that this effect is more than wishful thinking/myth, with some people saying it applies only to silk, which does apparently get stronger when it is moist. Still, I was surprised that something I had been doing as a matter of course for so many years was practically unheard of by other ballet students.

Yaffa


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Robert

24-07-07, 04:04 PM (GMT (BST))
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7. "RE: Freezing ballet tights"
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   A few years ago in the North of Scotland a commercial traveller stuck in a snowdrift during a blizzard survived the night in a freezing cold vehicle by breaking open and wearing his entire stock of ladies tights. It attracted a certain amount of amused press attention. I am not sure if he cared about ladders.


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