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From: EmaCon
Date: 01-20-2007, 01:56 PM (1 of 22)
I can wear pantihose about 3 times (maybe) before I get a run and have to throw them out. This is just by pulling them on, not by getting them caught on anything. they seem to wear out or something. I wash them by hand or on gentle in the machine but it doesn't seem to make any difference. Does anybody have a better track record, or is this just par for the course?

My husband said to me tonight before he went out to a dinner "Who invented ties, anyway?" and I said "the same people who invented pantihose"
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From: Magot
Date: 01-20-2007, 04:13 PM (2 of 22)
Mine have a better chance if I use some handcream before I put them on. There was a time when my feet were so rough that they ripped the heels out of the tights taking them off!
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From: Bama
Date: 01-20-2007, 05:44 PM (3 of 22)
Yes, I think handcream is the secret. :up: I do that too.
I have a couple of pair of pantyhose that are over a year old. The Leggs brand seem to last longer for me. I like the SilkenMist and the Sheer Energy hose by Leggs. I wash them in the sink and hang to dry. Of course the ones with reinforced toes last alot longer.
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From: lsoutherla
Date: 01-20-2007, 05:49 PM (4 of 22)
I buy several of the same shade and alternate them. I also slide them on so as not to touch my feet... I stretch and begin to pull from the toe on up...hard to explain. Anyway. I bought my last hose about 6-7 months ago. And before that, probably just as many months. I always fold and put them away after use and cleaning. I try to wear a dress or a skirt at least 1-2 times a week to work. Now, of course, I have a pair that is specifically for tall boots and I really don't care what they look like.
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From: Pudge99
Date: 01-20-2007, 08:56 PM (5 of 22)
I get maybe one or two wearings, but I have children with velcro shoes that like to climb all over me at church. I read something once about freezing them to make them last longer. Never tried it though.
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 01-20-2007, 09:03 PM (6 of 22)
I'm like Gina...(only no velcroed kids) and get 1-2 wearings out of panty hose...(which I hate)...puting them in the freezer doesn't do anything but make them cold.
(when I was younger ::snort:: I could wear them all the time and they didn't bother me, but when I got older
::snicker:: I found I hated the darn things and went to stockings with elastic tops...but they still don't last very long.) Besides living in FL if you wear hose of any kind they think you're from out of state visiting. Of course everyone (but me) has a tan...(besides which I do not own a dress...not one...or a skirt either...shows how much I do not care about clothes...but I don't own any shorts either...:bg: )
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From: esrun3
Date: 01-21-2007, 12:27 AM (7 of 22)
I didn't think anyone even wore pantyhose anymore. LOL Guess I've just slowly moved to ankle length skirts when I'm not wearing pants - I haven't worn pantyhose in 15 years and would be hard pressed to wear them ever again! LOL
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From: Sancin
Date: 01-21-2007, 01:42 AM (8 of 22)
You are going to hate me. I rarely ever run panty hose. The feet get snaggled but they don't show in my shoes. I throw them out when I get tired of looking them after about a year. I usually have quite a few pairs on the go because I wash them in a bag with my regular laundry, having found the freezer bit a bit much. I think it may be because I have very small feet. However, I don't wear panty hose much anymore as I wear more pants (I'm retired) and trouser socks. One thing that did annoy me was chairs in the library and once a chair in my office that had loose bits that caught nylons. At the time there were very few female faculty members and it was hard to get administrators to realize the cost to us.

Esrun, I can remember when we still required our students to wear uniform dresses (until a revolt). Their biggest complaint was the panty hose. I used to tell them that panty hose were God sent compared to garters and girdles. I can remember my first pair of panty hose in 1965!!! Mini skirts had just came out in London. But I refused to wear the popular white ones for social events. I continued to wear panty hose with pant uniforms as I found socks just too hot with duty shoes and never did get into running shoes. I expect that habits of wearing shoes, socks and undergarments vary considerably from one part of the country to another but all types seem to be available all over the world. Sort of like what you wear to sleep depends on what your family or origin practices were.
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From: MyGirlFriday
Date: 01-21-2007, 02:01 AM (9 of 22)
I have heard that if you wash them in salt water that helps them to be more run free~something about the fibers :monkey:
worth a try~
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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 01-21-2007, 02:12 AM (10 of 22)
I bought a box of panty hose about 6 years ago in the big box and I think when the storm hit I had 2 pair left. Of course I'm like Chrys I never wear dresses or shirts anymore, I only have two dresses and never wear them. I just have them in case. I use to wear dresses and suits to funerals but now dress slacks and pant suits are appropriate so i go in pants and for weddings also. When I worked out the house I would wear skirts and dresses several times a week. When I wore panty hose most of the time I had to throw them out because I would have holes in them before the day was out. I'm rough on shoes also they don't last but about 4 months and I'm walking out of them. I guess walking barefooted most of my life caused that, my feet are EEE's.
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
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From: EmaCon
Date: 01-21-2007, 12:14 PM (11 of 22)
Thanks everybody. Just venting a little.

I also only wear them a few times a month, when I get dressed up, which is more frustrating because it seems they should last longer. I religiously put cream on my heels every night so I've dealt with that problem. Some of you said they only get a few 'wears' out of them so I guess it's the nature of the beast. Maybe I'll have to put them on more gently and not wrestle with them. I never seem to win.:cry:
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From: plrlegal
Date: 01-22-2007, 12:09 AM (12 of 22)
I'm a pantyhose wearer most of the time. I won't wear my dress pumps without pantyhose. The only days I don't wear panythose is Friday and Saturday, mainly. Friday is dress-down day at our office, so we can wear jeans and casual shoes, i.e., Reboks, Merrells, etc. However, this past week, due to our ice storm, we've been allowed to wear corduroys, jeans, snow boots, etc., and I've been wearing socks, but Monday morning, it's back to pantyhose. My pantyhose seem to last quite a while. I have several pairs that I've probably had for at least six months or more. I have a drawer full of just pantyhose of different shades. Summer is best, however, when its sandal time and bare legs and feet time. I'll start using my body lotion with the tanning stuff in it about March so my legs won't be white and pasty looking. I start wearing sandals as soon as it gets and stays above 70 degrees. :smile:

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From: weezyrider
Date: 01-22-2007, 10:29 AM (13 of 22)
They would rarely last an hour. I finally gave up and wore TIGHTS! Dance and skating have flesh colored ones that last forever.

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From: Sherri
Date: 01-22-2007, 06:33 PM (14 of 22)
And skating tights are insulated!!!! :smile:
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From: mommydionne
Date: 01-22-2007, 08:59 PM (15 of 22)
I've been known to stick my fingers through a pair putting them on for the 1st time:bang:
now I just wait till they are on sale at the Superstore and then buy 6 pr at a time so I always have new ones in my drawer. evil things, I wear pants a lot to work.:cool:
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 01-25-2007, 01:16 PM (16 of 22)
My Dear Mom worked in a hosiery mill for over 25 years starting when I was a child.. We always washed new stockings (later pantihose) before the first wearing.. Mother said that was a No-Break rule... When she sold her home and moved in with my sister, she had a pair of pantihose over 20 years old, and was still wearing them.. They were her "sunday Best"... I guess that is why they lasted so long.. Washing first helps immensly..
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From: PaulineG
Date: 01-27-2007, 06:48 AM (17 of 22)
I can't even remember the last time I wore a pair - I'm sure I have since my wedding day (when I wore "stay up" - ha ha - stockings) but really cannot remember. I used to get only a few wears out of the ordinary supermarket types but the dance tights could last for months. However this was probably about 20 years ago.

These days I wear my skirts fairly long and if I feel the need just put some fake tan on. Strange to think that in WWII in England they used to complain about not having stockings but having to use fake tan - it's like we've come full circle. Once or twice I've worn tights on really cold days that I wanted to wear skirts but they're so thick I could probably take a knife to them without any damage.
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From: Dexter
Date: 02-01-2007, 10:39 PM (18 of 22)
I laughed so hard at this thread. The things I learn on my Internets. Thanks girls. Good times.
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From: Ozll
Date: 02-01-2007, 11:20 PM (19 of 22)
Nyahahah, I have never worn these things.. I always where stalkings or thigh-hi tights and over the knee. Takin into the account that I only where tights and stuff when i have too ( Homecoming mostly). Plus, by what y'all have said, I don't think I ever want to where them! I know I have only bought 4 pairs of stalkings, and i still can where them, so...:bg:
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From: weezyrider
Date: 02-02-2007, 09:25 AM (20 of 22)
We had dress codes at work - I used to ruin mine by kicking off my shoes and playing ball with the guys at lunch. I've also ruined them by working on a car. I haven't worn any in years since I can't stand them under long pants!

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From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 02-02-2007, 06:39 PM (21 of 22)
We also have a dress code if we're going to be seeing patients at all, so going no hose is not an option. I just bought a few pairs of tights for the winter, but if I'm going to wear skirts more I think I'm going to need to get some nylons (does anyone else call them that, or is it a regional thing?). Back when I did wear nylons occasionally, I only got a couple of uses out of them, but I've been known to put holes in tights too. Any brand recommendations out there? - the new home for Sew What's New
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From: Sherri
Date: 02-02-2007, 06:55 PM (22 of 22)
I think I'm going to need to get some nylons (does anyone else call them that, or is it a regional thing?).

I think it might be an age thing. I call em nylons too.

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