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Old 03-21-2011, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I used to just buy sheets by color/design - always liked them! They wore well, were of good quality, didn't get "pills", washed well, etc. Now for some reason there are all these "designer term" that basically mean lower quality: they either are scratch, pill, feel hot, don't have enough elastic to stay on the mattress, etc. - I am OVER the touting of thread count which is meaningless - bring back regular old sheets (Percale maybe?) - that don't turn into lumps of wrinkles, make you sweat, etc.

I realize mattresses have changed - they are all over the board now (that's another gripe, mattresses that can't be flipped but that'll have to be another complaint - Now I TRY to get sheets I can sleep on/in - this is a newer mattress (not a pillow top) - that's 12". That's deeper than the old time sheets - but now you have to read every package, some are made for 18" deep, sateen (which is hot to me) - what happened to regular old sheets that you didn't need to study for?
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:09 PM
 
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AGREED!!
Yeah, I think I had a thread on this already earlier. I agree, I believe (personally) it is that the textile industry is no longer american based. BUT, I did get some halfway decent sheets through overstock.com because of a recommendation online here.
I looked at an old sheet set I had that I really liked (Martex brand). It is cotton percale 50 cotton 50 polyester. No iron, wrinkle free. That is maybe what you want to look for. Although the term "percale" does not seem to be used much.
I agree thread count doesn't mean jack squat. And the trend is now for 100% cotton, which does not last very long at all before getting ripe and tearing (at least for us).
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Here's the thread you started last month. I too think thread count is overrated. I want only 50% cotton in my sheets so they don't come out of the dryer in a ball. I have better things to to with my life than iron sheets & pillowcases.

Oh and blankets. Will someone please tell the manufacturers that with thicker mattresses, we need LONGER blankets? Can't tuck those in at the bottom of the bed when I make my bed.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:02 PM
 
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Shop better store and look at the cotton type;not that its just cotton. Cheap sheets are just that mostly.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Stephenville, Texas
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Welcome to the days of everything being made in Bangladesh or China.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Waterloo,Ontario
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Default J C Penny

J C Penny...WrinkleGuard 400 thread count, 100% cotton sateen! love,love love these sheets! I live in toronto Canada and have them shipped here. Watch for a sale to get a good price.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:25 PM
 
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Thanks for the review!
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Princeton, NJ
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I tried a set of Nate Berkus sheets from HSN years ago and since then they are the only sheets I buy. They are 500 thread count, and they're not cheap but they last forever. I have 6 pairs that I rotate year round and I wash & dry normally and they still look and feel brand new. I could probably get away with a few less sets but I like the colors and keep buying more.
The others sets that I had prior that had pulls and that I had to tugg and stretch over my pillow top mattress - donated to good will and I was happy to see them go!
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I HATE the "all around" elastic on the bottom sheets....I loved it when only the corners had elastic...made folding the fitted sheet SO much easier!

Yes...I loved the "mixed" sheets....no ironing needed! My rather expensive sheets feel good, but boy, do they wrinkle...no matter how I dry them. Just can't put wrinkled sheets on the bed!
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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I would recommend Shabby Chic sheets from Target. They are so soft and comfy and there are many pretty designs to choose from.
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