Turning bed sheets "Sides to middle"

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halcombe:
Bedsheets (cotton ones, at least) tend to wear out where they're lain on. And this tended to be in the middle. (A tendency accentuated by the use of feather beds, which notoriously sagged in the middle, as the feathers settled and compacted – I'm old enough to have seen a genuine domestic example!)
It was standard practice, for the lower social groups in Britain, for sheets thus worn to be cut (or ripped) up the middle, for the worn edge of each of the two pieces to be turned over, and the former outside edges sewn together.
I recall from childhood having lain on ‘sides to middle' sheets (though the family was, so far as I no, under no economic constraint to create such horrors): it was unpleasant, soon stopped, and was never repeated. Lying on a sides-to-middle sheet is something like walking with a stone in one's shoe!
Now we have polyester – and more per capita GDP – so I suspect that ‘sides to middle sheets' have gone the way of blacklead and the hansom cab.
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david56:
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[nq:1]Bedsheets (cotton ones, at least) tend to wear out where they're lain on. And this tended to be in the ... in the middle, as the feathers settled and compacted =96 I'm old enough to have seen a genuine domestic example!)[/nq]
Me too (or is that "I also"?)
[nq:1]It was standard practice, for the lower social groups in Britain, for sheets thus worn to be cut (or ripped) up the middle, for the worn edge of each of the two pieces to be turned over, and the former outside edges sewn together.[/nq]
Well, yes. We also used to heat our home with paraffin stoves.
[nq:1]I recall from childhood having lain on =91sides to middle' sheets (though the family was, so far as I no, ... stopped, and was never repeated. Lying on a sides-to-middle sheet is something like walking with a stone in one's shoe![/nq]
I don't recall this ever happening with single sheets, only double.
[nq:1]Now we have polyester =96 and more per capita GDP =96 so I suspect that =91sides to middle sheets' have gone the way of blacklead and the hansom cab.[/nq]
Yes, but good quality cotton sheets last perfectly well. No=20 polyester to be found in my shirts or my sheets.=20

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Lars Eighner:
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[nq:1]I recall from childhood having lain on ‘sides to middle' sheets (though the family was, so far as I no, ... stopped, and was never repeated. Lying on a sides-to-middle sheet is something like walking with a stone in one's shoe![/nq]
Sides-to-middle sheets! What luxury! We had to staple leaves together.

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Spehro Pefhany:
[nq:2]I recall from childhood having lain on ‘sides to middle' ... is something like walking with a stone in one's shoe![/nq]
[nq:1]Sides-to-middle sheets! What luxury! We had to staple leaves together.[/nq]
Staples! We would have given our right arms for staples. We had to boil a crude kind of glue from pine sap.
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Maria Conlon:
[nq:2]halcombe wrote Sides-to-middle sheets! What luxury! We had to staple leaves together.[/nq]
[nq:1]Staples! We would have given our right arms for staples. We had >toboil a crude kind of glue from pine sap.[/nq]
Well, at least you all had something to lie on. (Or do I mean "lie with regards to" in a couple of cases above?)
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Skitt:
[nq:2]Staples! We would have given our right arms for staples. We had >to[/nq]
[nq:1]boil a crude kind of glue from pine sap. Well, at least you all had something to lie on. (Or do I mean "lie with regards to" in a couple of cases above?)[/nq]
Well, don't just lie about lie about it!

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Richard Maurer:
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Eric Walker:
[nq:1]Me too (or is that "I also"?)[/nq]
No, just simple "me too". It is usually, I believe, thought of as elliptical for "That is so for me, too" or "Give some to me, too", or suchlike form as fits the context.
(I do understand that they query was, depending on your tastes in diction, jocose or jocular.)

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Alan Jones:
[nq:1]It was standard practice, for the lower social groups in Britain, for sheets thus worn to be cut (or ripped) ... to middle' sheets (though the family was, so far as I no, under no economic constraint to create such horrors[/nq]
Not just "lower social groups". During the 1939-45 War, and for some years afterwards, people in the UK needed official coupons as well as cash to buy textiles, which were severely rationed. The purchase of new sheets, even by those well able to afford them, was simply not possible if clothes were also likely to be required - though of course we children were all forced to wear hand-me-downs from older siblings or finally passed down by neighbours' youngest children. There was even a sort of slogan for housewives: "Make do and mend". A wedding was, coupon-wise, a catastrophe, or at best, for the more creative, an opportunity for improvisation. (The decorated wedding cake was often cardboard, with a tiny real cake concealed under it so that everyone could have a ritual crumb.)
Our relatives in America sometimes sent parcels to keep up our spirits, and one very generous - luxurious - gift was percale sheets for me when I went to college in 1951; we undergraduates had to supply our own, and that was going to be a real problem even for a comfortably-off family.

Alan Jones
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