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I'm getting a bit stir crazy, and it's not just the wave of cold we've had, but the fact that I can't even whittle away at my sewing machine while I'm stuck in the house. I, foolishly in hindsight, did not take my sewing machine to the larger repair shop that's an hour away to save the drive time, but I'm paying for it in spades as the smaller shop near me is taking much longer to get around to fixing it. Hopefully I'll have it back in just a few more days.
I've used the down time to reorganize my studio and watch some short quilting tutorials. I thought I'd re-rainbowtize my stash, and in doing so, refold to fit more on the shelf. Um, yeah, that took a lot longer than expected : P Still working on the reds and pinks, and then I'll share a pic of it all tidied up. In the meantime, my new Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool that I received for Christmas has been a big help in sorting! And I've watched a few of the freebie Craftsy classes as I've worked (saving the in-depth ones in my queue for a day I can actually SEW while I follow along!), including A New Look at Longarm Quilting with Mandy Leins and Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills with Gail Kessler. The latter of these is really, really basic, but I find value in listening to this type of class as a refresher. (Seriously, I need to be told a million more times not to sew over pins! When will I learn?!) Plus, sometimes I glean new tips that are helpful, such as when Gail explained the difference between cross-wound thread and stacked thread, and that you position your spool holder horizontally or vertically depending on the type - I never knew that!
Hope you're all having a very productive start to the year. I'm chomping at the bit to get started on all the crafty things I have planned, but I've found the silver lining in my hold up is that now my work space is so much less cluttered : )
Thanks, Elise! It's taken a bit longer than expected to really clean and find a true home for some of my orphan supplies, but it will be worth it when I sit down with my fixed machine in a neat space!
WHOA! I never knew there was a reason for vertical or horizontal thread placement! I'm going to go look that up. I really like that blue Stile you have on your blue pile - I've almost used mine up, but it's been good to me. In fact, I'm jealous that you have lots of blue in your stash! I go through that the quickest, and I should probably buy some blue bundles to restock. Good luck getting your machine back quickly!
I know - I had no idea! In hindsight, I think almost all the thread I've used with this machine has been cross wound, and I've always had the spool holder horizontal, which is the correct combo, so *phew* but it's definitely the first I'd heard of it. As for the Stile, I've had a set for months and only at Christmas touched the first piece for a gift for my SIL - I hope she knows how lucky she is! lol
I enjoyed getting a little peek into your sewing room today! Looking good! Hope your machine is back soon.
It's back!! Finally! Now to get to work : )
I hope you get your machine back soon! I am looking forward to the reveal of your organized studio! :)
I'm almost done organizing, but I still have the dreaded actually-vacuuming part left to tackle : P
Glad to hear your machine is back! Happy sewing, Sarah!
I'm beginning to see why people have more than one sewing machine... my husband might not like that revelation : P
Thanks, Allison! I just picked it up, so I get to start fresh tomorrow : )
Thanks, Mary! I'm not sure it's a "real" word yet - but it should be! heehee I've been rainbowtizing my closet since I was a kid and now I do my girls' : P
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