Olive Reuschel of Los Angeles wants to replace arch supports called Balancers. Years ago, these were sold at Robinson's shoe department, but the salespeople there could offer no information as to current availability. Can you help with a source before Reuschel feels like suing for nonsupport, or will her trials cause her to forever be caught flat-footed?
To make life in her kitchen easier, Edna O'Connell of Los Angeles needs a mixing bowl with a handle. Can you help her get a handle on this problem before she's completely bowled over, or will O'Connell just have to remain mixed up?
Diane Hoover of Los Angeles wants to find someone who can repair a mangled gold lame evening bag; the lame is intact, but the metal frame is bent and the hinges and clasp need work. Can you take advantage of this golden opportunity to help Hoover's night life, or will her dates always hear "lame" excuses from now on?
Reader-to-Reader Help Line: Virginia at (213) 695-2625 wants to replace the worn-down rubber wheels on a chain-driven 20-year-old pump car from Sears. The car was the best toy her children ever had, and she wants to save it for future generations. Virginia is looking primarily for wheel replacements or, if none is available, for the hard rubber that goes on these wheels. Please get yourself pumped up, start the wheels turning in your head and help put Virginia's hopes into high gear.
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For Mildred A. Reed and Virginia Lee, who were looking for dress patterns, we have help that should suit almost any taste. Cynthia Halpert furnished the names of two publications that help people with patterns and fabrics: The Needle People News, P.O. Box 115-F, Syosset, N.Y. 11791, and a catalogue put out by Nancy's Notions, Department F, P.O. Box 683, Beaver Dam, Wis. 53916.
We also have four tailor-made local sources that will sew patterns to order or otherwise fit things to a T. There is Sandra, 956 S. Mission St., South Pasadena, Calif. 91030, (818) 799-0771, who has a custom-clothing business and develops basic patterns that either she or the client can use. Barbara Koch, 63 Larkdale Circle, Mira Loma, Calif. 91752, (714) 685-5461 or (714) 869-2017, has a book that lets people draft patterns to individual measurements; she will furnish information on the book or do the patterns. Maureen Hiroshige, 411 S. Northcliff Road, Pasadena, Calif. 91107, (818) 792-7036, has a sewing services business. In addition to custom dressmaking, she drafts individual patterns, cuts out garments and helps with fitting. And Fred Ungar, 8222 Melrose Ave., Suite 401, conducts classes in pattern making and tailoring; he also makes patterns to order.
Sweet news for Norma Bowring, who was looking for a brown-sugar substitute. Pat Clancy of Fullerton writes that Sugar Twin is available at Lucky markets. For other outlets, contact Alberto-Culver, Melrose Park, Ill. 60160.
We have a good source for readers interested in dolls, doll furniture and doll clothes: the Mini Magic, 3675 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220, telephone (614) 457-3687. The firm also carries silk threads of many kinds, sewing and embroidery items.
Herb Hain cannot answer mail personally but will, space permitting, respond in this column to readers who need--or have--helpful information. Write (do not telephone) to You Can Help!, You section, the Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles 90053.