For her father-in-law, who is coming to visit for the holidays, Helen Doody of Westlake Village would like to find some sleeveless nylon undershirts ; evidently the item is not available on the East Coast. Can you help without taking the shirts off your backs, or will Doody have to keep wondering who out here might have a source up his sleeve?
Louis Mosher of Cathedral City is looking for a non-stretch men's belt that is adjustable in length like a shoulder strap; it need not be made of leather. Can you help if you're not too strapped for time, or will Mosher feel like taking a belt because he's convinced we're all giving him the cold shoulder?
Mabel Craig of Claremont would like a source for Belgian linen cross-stitch patterns and yarn used for making pillo w tops ; her previous source no longer provides that service. Can you help with some constructive pillow talk, or will Craig have to cross the Atlantic Ocean before she again can save a stitch in time?
Gene Chamberlin of Santa Barbara needs a repair service for his 50-year-old Mills Silents War Eagle slot machine (which is legal for home use in California). Can you light up Chamberlin's board with a source, or will, to coin a phrase, all your efforts not be worth a plugged nickel?
Reader-to Reader-Help Line: Margie at (805) 642-9508 (call collect) is seeking a mate for a clear-glass, six-side candlestick about 11 1/2 inches tall that is more than 40 years old. Please help and make sure that Margie sees the light again. . . . Alice at (213) 458-1019 needs to replace some Corning Centura dishes in the April Tulip pattern , which has been discontinued by the factory; the need is for dinner plates, sandwich plates and bread-and-butter plates. Please help before Alice needs dental plates from gnashing her teeth out of frustration.
Note: The Reader-to-Reader Help Line is only for one-time items or for products no longer available in stores. And you must give us written permission to publish your telephone number, so that others may contact you directly.
Things are looking up for Anita Mailberg of Bellflower, who was after an Up & Away bath enclosure. But if she had looked down, namely in the Los Angeles Times, she would have seen it advertised by Fabco, 809 18th St., Los Angeles, (213) 749-5244. (Fabco's Al Grossman says they bought the item from the previous manufacturer.) Evelyn Landa of Van Nuys also suggested Fabco and said to ask for Harry. (Jean Short of Big Bear City and Lee Washabaugh of West Los Angeles said they had obtained the product from Unitspan, the previous owner.) Other places where such tub enclosures can be obtained are Snyder-Diamond (this information from Dave Kinchen and Linda Nyquist), the All-American Home Center in Downey, near Bellflower (from Juanita Collins of Norwalk), and Chandler Lumber Co. in Van Nuys (from Margaret Walsho of Van Nuys).
Judy Vallembois of Monrovia, who wanted acid-free tissue paper for wrapping, has passed the acid test; it's a wrap. But the only Southland sources we have are McManus & Morgan, 2506 West 7th St., Los Angeles, (213) 387-4433 (from Susan Yackley of Los Angeles and Patricia Matt of Temple City), and Shirley Harwood of Harwood Enterprises, P.O. Box 33454, Granada Hills, Calif. 91344 (she sells mostly to doll collectors). Donna Hurst of Woodland Hills, Carol Bostwick of Anaheim, Barbara Lee Row of Santa Ana and Mary Ellen Hennessey Nottage of the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum between them supplied the names of these mail-order sources: Light Impressions Corp., 439 Monroe Ave., Rochester, N.Y. 14607-3717; the Preservation Emporium, P.O. Box 226309, Dallas, Tex. 75222; Hollinger Corp., P.O. Box 6185, Arlington, Va. 22206; Conservation Materials Ltd., P.O. Box 2884, Sparks, Nev. 89432; Conservation Resources International, 1111 N. Royal St., Alexandria, Va. 22314; Process Materials, 301 Veterans Blvd., Rutherford, N.J. 07070; and Talas Inc., 215 West 35th St., New York, N.Y. 10001.
Doris Jones of L'erin Cosmetics Customer Service advises us (along with the many readers who asked about the line) that L'erin is now available only via mail order. Contact LGE Enterprises, P.O. Box 11204, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27106, telephone (919) 722-3500, for color charts and order blanks.
For the many readers who want replacement parts and needles for old sewing machines, we have an additional source. Manager George of the East Los Angeles Sewing Center, 1838 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, (213) 746-9450, says he carries an extensive inventory of parts and will order whatever is not in stock.
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.