Do It Yourself

Post It!

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I spend a lot of time sewing, almost every day. I love to sew but, like most of us, I seem to have a myriad of interruptions. Who knew? I am retired! I thought that I would have endless hours to fill with stuff. Ha! I am busy all of the time!

To add to the interruptions, for some reason, I seem to forget stuff now, like what kind of needle I was using in any one of my three sewing machines. I am pretty sure it has NOTHING to do with my age! Must be something else!

Anyway, different types of fabrics need different types of sewing machine needles. To remind me what needle I have in the machine, I use a small post-it note with the information. This way if I have to go do something else, I have no problems when I return. I actually put the note on the machine when I insert the needle, that way I don’t forget when I have an interruption.

Try it! I hope you find it to be a helpful tip!

Until next time,

Toni

The Motherload!

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I am learning how to do machine embroidery. It is much more complicated that I originally thought. Different stabilizers for different fabrics and effects. Different types of threads and needles. The first embroidery thread I bought was a package of Embroidex thread from my favorite online mall. It was fairly inexpensive polyester thread but good for me to learn with.

Recently a friend and I were making some purchases in our local Joanne’s fabric store. As we checked out there was a large tub of thread near the register. A small sign said 97 cents per spool. I peeked in and caught my breath when I saw that it was Sulky Rayon thread in 250 yard spools. For those who don’t know, the same thread usually sells for about $5.00 a spool here in Florida. 97 cents! A steal! I quickly gathered up several spools and as the cashier started to ring them up, she exclaimed, “Oh these are only 50 cents each now.”

My friend and I bought the entire tub! Although I could use a few more bright colors, it looks like I am set for embroidery and topstitching for a while! Here a picture of my new thread:

Motherload

 

 

Thanks Big Brother!

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I have to give a shout out to my brother who is seven years older than me. When we were kids, one Christmas I received a little, metal toy kitchen that had a tank to fill with water and when the tap in the sink was opened water would run out. Okay by me, but the best gift, in my opinion then, went to my older brother. He received an erector set! For those among you who don’t know this “toy”. It was a set of flat perforated metal bars of various lengths, and nuts and bolts that fit into the holes. One could assemble things by bolting the flat pieces together. Read the rest of this entry »

Free To A Good Home

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Wheelbarrow

In our little community, usable but unwanted items are put out next to the street. Invariably, someone will come along and claim them. We bought a smaller wheelbarrow because this behemoth was too much for me to handle. Mr. M made the cute little sign and put it next to the street. When we got up the next  day, sure enough, it was gone. I hope it has a good new home!