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What ever happened to crisp sheets?

Started 1279442128.827 in For the Home Talk | Last reply 1280076613.81 by insomniac

Is it just me? I have been looking for sheets. Everything is cotton sateen and I really miss having crisp sheets. I find these sateen sheets too soft and wrinkly. Anyone have any brand suggestions? Penneys? Macys? Online?

TIA.

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justshoppin1279452447.393198 PostsRegistered 2/14/2007

What you need are 100% cotton percale sheets. I'm the same way, missing the crisp sheets of my youth (on the other hand, I think Grandma used to iron her sheets, so that might be why they were so crisp too). BB&B carries percale. Just do a Google search and you'll find em.

It has something to do with the fiber weave.

duffie1279453034.857338 PostsRegistered 1/5/2008infinity and beyond

vermontcountrystore.com. they sell crisp sheets and alot of other stuff we grew up with.

Aura Kala1279460164.067657 PostsRegistered 6/2/2009

Thank you, thank you!

Mos1279464612.64359 PostsRegistered 2/24/2007

I don't know if this will help, I don't buy the sateen, I don't like them either. I have other 300 thread count sheets that I wash and line dry outside in the spring through fall, and inside in the winter. They are always crisp and feel great. Different brands, 100% cotton, not sateen....lol.

Maureen

All Dolled­ Up1279465220.387258 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

So glad to hear others like me!!! When I read reviews about how soft sheets are -- I know they are not for me. The last sheets I got were from QVC and they had lots of reviews complaining how "rough" they were. I suspected they were not rough at all but just substantial and crisp. Turned out, I loved them -- ordered 2 more sets before they sold out. And yes, I learned to stay away from sateen also.

Lilysmom1279479193.1272999 PostsRegistered 11/24/2007

Ha!!!!{#emotions_dlg.w00t} I'm not alone in this. I have a set of sheets ready to go back to the store. Too too soft. I am hesitant to buy sheets online because of this issue. Sateen is out for me. Thanks for the recs. I will try to check some of these out including the percale. I think there is a BBB here. I'm in Atlantic Canada ... will check it out. LM

kachina6241279522717.6114858 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004New Mexico

Now we have high thread count, soft, wrinkled sheets. I hate them. In order for them to be presentable, they have to be ironed. Not!

cinebee1279524694.8276431 PostsRegistered 5/7/2007

I don't like soft sheets, either! I bought some online and even though they were "premium" I hated them!

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insomniac1279526302.0937267 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I am just the opposite: I love limp, soft sheets. Ahhh. . .think I'll go back to bed for a while.

insomniac

Lilysmom1279529858.7932999 PostsRegistered 11/24/2007

Insomniac, you must be in sheet heaven then because that is all I can find!!

windblown1279537754.6731 PostsRegistered 7/19/2010

Thank you for mentioning this. I love Northern Nights, usually but ordered some cotton sheets, perhaps the Egyptian, don't remember and they are far too soft. I won't order those again and, like you mentioned, prefer crisp to those. Windblown

zoologist1279541352.1531745 PostsRegistered 1/29/2010

All the white crisp sheet fabric is now being used for "crisp white shirts". {#emotions_dlg.lol}{#emotions_dlg.lol}{#emotions_dlg.lol}{#emotions_dlg.lol}{#emotions_dlg.lol}

mfrctaz1279541640.143346 PostsRegistered 6/9/2005

I wish Northern Nights or Amadeus would add white sheets to the selections. Lately the colors have been a little off beat for me- there is nothing better than nice white sheets- in my opinion. Guess they remind me of when I was younger.

lavenderju­nkie1279542330.90712812 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

You are all right...stay away from sateen. And that's not easy, because most sheets are sateen or sateen stripe.

I've found that 800 thread count, 100% Egyptian cotton sheets are crisp. Found a set on shop n b c when they did a special a few months ago. Sorry I only bought one set, as the price on the special was good. Also bought some 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, but they had a color on color pattern, they were not crisp. Better than my 300 thread count sheets that are like limp handkerchiefs.

mdgrammy1279546770.113678 PostsRegistered 1/25/2006Marylands Eastern Shore

I'm always on the look out for crisp sheets also.

DH must have them smooth and cool.

Sateen, jersey or brushed cotton do not fit the bill.

I have noticed 2 of the sets he loves are percale.

I have resorted going to thrift stores so I could 'feel' the sheets before

buying.

I've even bought flat sheets at the thrift store and made pillow cases out of them.

deeva1279546947.0572070 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005stuck in the middle

I miss them too. I have a couple of sets of sheets that are crisp. But, I've had them about ten years. Can't find any now, I hate the new soft sheets.

Windycity1279551659.111039 PostsRegistered 4/15/2005

If any of you have ordered the "crisp" white sheets (not their "resin free" sheets) that Vermont Country Store offers, could you please tell me how they are when they come out of the dryer? I'm curious how much they wrinkle and no way will I iron sheets.

I do like a couple of the Charisma sheets that are high count cotton percale. I watch for them to go on sale at Bloomingdales, Neimans, Horchow, and occasionally The Company Store. I try and take them out of the dryer as soon as it turns off. Then fold them and occasionally hang the pillowcases outside. They are pricey but last forever.

Thanks in advance!

Actually registered and a poster since 2004 ~

Seajay1279554476.8233 PostsRegistered 6/13/2010

Lands' End Home has percale sheets. For more expensive ones, try Restoration Hardware. They are worth every penny, even though they do wrinkle. When you slip into them they hve that cool, crisp, expensive feeling you just can't get with some of the newer type of sheets. The problem with the sateen sheets and these new "limp" shees is they are treated with something that holds stains, and after a while you can't get them out. Oh - Crate and Barrel - the Marimekko sheets are usually percale.

beckyblu1279670588.8131075 PostsRegistered 6/18/2009

The sheets that I Have purchased in the past that are crisp are 1000 or 800 thread in Egyptian cotton. When i grew up my mom always hung our pure white sheets on the clothesline outdoors. I love that outdoors feeling also but allergy Dr says not to hang out, but to dry in dryer.

Beckyo

beckyblu1279670809.11075 PostsRegistered 6/18/2009

Exactly what is percale? I know what egyptian, pima, etc is but I don't know percale.

Beckyo

Clover291279670945.63310198 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008

I think line drying makes fabric crisper, but outdoor drying is against our HOA rules. What, so people in planes are offended by what goes on in my backyard? We are surrounded by trees so you can't see our yard from the road, and nor can our neighbors see what we do.

I like crisp laundry. I want to line dry. Waaaaaaah.

Bookbabe1279671664.86399 PostsRegistered 2/26/2007

My husband and I have been looking for some crisp sheets for ever it seems like. He came home a few weeks ago with the Better Homes & Garden sheet set from Wal-Mart of all places. They are cotton and polyester and they are crisp, really nice and stay crisp for the whole week. They really do feel crisp and I plan on getting another set soon.

Bookbabe

PS: It is nice to know we are not crazy. When I went shopping and asked about a crisp sheet the sales people looked at me like I was wierd or something. Nice to know there are others out there who remember and still want crisp sheets.

Texas Barb­ie1279734356.6073510 PostsRegistered 12/7/2006Spring, Texas
On 7/20/2010 Cinn29 said:

I think line drying makes fabric crisper, but outdoor drying is against our HOA rules. What, so people in planes are offended by what goes on in my backyard? We are surrounded by trees so you can't see our yard from the road, and nor can our neighbors see what we do.

I like crisp laundry. I want to line dry. Waaaaaaah.

LOVED your post! Made me laugh so hard. I feel your pain.

kachina6241279950744.20314858 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004New Mexico
On 7/20/2010 Bookbabe said:

My husband and I have been looking for some crisp sheets for ever it seems like. He came home a few weeks ago with the Better Homes & Garden sheet set from Wal-Mart of all places. They are cotton and polyester and they are crisp, really nice and stay crisp for the whole week. They really do feel crisp and I plan on getting another set soon

I found your sheets at Walmart yesterday and bought a set for $19. I washed them and put on the bed. You are right, they are crisp and inexpensive too. Very few wrinkles also.

rainbowdays1279951658.08790 PostsRegistered 5/30/2008

Ahhhh, crisp sheets!

Funny, I've been thinking of this very same thing for the past couple of days...must be the hot weather! Brings to mind a line from a poem I studied in high school 'rough male kiss of crisp cotton sheets' (or something to that effect) Edna St Vincent Millay. I can't believe I remembered that from 1962...yikes!!! {#emotions_dlg.blink}

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