Dear Sun Spots: For the person looking for the braid clamp (No Name, No Town in Wednesday’s column): The Oxford Mill End Store has all your needs for braiding, including clamps, wool, lacing thread and lacing needles. We also carry quilting supplies, notions, sewing machines and thread. We offer day and evening classes in braiding and sewing as well as making penny rugs and punch needle. We also have a sewing machine repair service. You may reach us at 281 King St., Oxford, ME 04270, phone 539-4451, from Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: You are a Godsend to this community with your column of help and advice to all. The column is a daily must read!!

Several years ago, I wrote to you for help and got it! Now, here I am again. Two questions for you or your readers:

• Do you know anyone in the area who repairs stone/rock walls?

• There once was a sewing machine repair shop in a part of the old Bates Mill nearest the Franco-American Cultural Center. I cannot find them listed in the phone directory. Any suggestions? Thank you so much for your help. – Carol, Lewiston.

In addition to responses from readers, regarding your question on stone/rock wall repair, many thanks to Andy Pratt of A.P. Masonry who happily provided Sun Spots with a source: Gagne & Son in 270 Riverside Drive, Auburn, 782-1132. Talk with the manager, George Allen.

You can also contact DMT Inc., 25 Dumais Ave, Lewiston, 783-7720. Call to discuss what type of stonework repair you are seeking so they can assist you. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. 5 p.m.

Regarding your second question on sewing machine repair, Sun Spots did not locate the business you are seeking and perhaps anyone who recalls it will be willing to share what information they have with you. In the meantime, contact:

Cote Brothers, 730 Center St., Auburn, 782-5922. It is holding holiday hours – Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. These holiday hours are through Jan. 1, 2007. It services all makes, models, years and also offers trade-ins.

Sewing machines may be dropped off and picked up at The Bare Necessities, 35 Vernon St., Auburn. It is serviced by the former Sewing Network, 786-3343.

Contact the Fabric Inn, 413 Wilton Road, Farmington, 778-4288. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. If they can’t fix your machine, there is no charge. They also accept trade-ins on new machines. You might also check out their open house Nov. 4. It’ll include a ‘yarn tasting’ from noon to 3 p.m. Yarn representatives will be on hand to demonstrate and display yarns and more.

Dear Sun Spots: What a wonderful column and such a great service to the community. I’m trying to locate a store that sells suspenders for a small boy or girl around 3 to 10 years old.

I’m also trying to locate a store that sells Lady Speed Stick deodorant in light musk. It goes on smoother and does not pull on skin, plus is great for people with allergies.

I have used it since it was first on the market and now cannot locate any stores that still sell it. Thank you for any help the Sun Spots column and readers can give me. ­­- A Devoted Reader, No Town.

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