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And a newer item with a metal zipper could have been homemade. The US government started requiring full care labels that year, and many clothes made before then did not have them.

But, in fact the labels show up in clothes made after 2000. Look for labels that contain the letters ILGWU (International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union).

She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother.

But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret.

Since then, I've practiced on hundreds and hundreds of items. I've also included other sources to contact at the bottom of the page. Older garments also sometimes had very large seams to allow for alterations.

They might also be finished by "pinking," or cutting with zig-zag scissors.

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