Sewing

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

Rehoming

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We live in a older manufactured home. Our “Master Suite” is pretty roomy and accommodates a king sized bed easily. The other bedroom, however is very small. When we bought our house the second bedroom barely accommodated a twin sized bed.

I decided that since all of our overnight company would be at least two people at a time  the tiny bedroom was useless for company. I chose to rehome the twin bed and convert the room to my sewing and craft room. I bought a hide-a-bed couch with a queen sized bed in it for our living room. Our three comfy recliners can also be used for sleeping in a pinch.

Even without a bed in it the bedroom is still tiny and I am constantly looking for ways to store my precious sewing supplies. Well, today on my way to an exercise class I noticed a metal rack that had been set out for the recycling.

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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:

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What’s Up With This?

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If you have been following my blog, you know that my forty plus year old sewing machine finally died and I got a brand new Brother SE 400. Fancy schmancy, it sews and embroiders too! I was hesitant to try out the embroidery aspect until I decided to make some Christmas gifts. first-embroidery

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