Archive for Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Aunt Norie’s sewing room

September 12, 2001

An excited grandma had just given her sewing machine to her granddaughter. "Now we've got to find just the right spot in her apartment for her to set it all up. She sews a lot so no tucking it away in a closet. I'm so proud of her enthusiasm," she said.

This morning a few tips to maybe help others, also.

As you equip or refurbish your sewing center, keep this thought uppermost in mind avoid strain on your eyes.

A well-lighted area is great, but set it up so the light comes over your shoulder. You'll need artificial light, also, such as a floor lamp or another lamp with a shade that you can adjust so it won't shine in your eyes. Ever hear someone say "Sewing gives me a headache." Perhaps eye strain was the cause of the headache.

Sewing is easy, just start with the very simple projects. You may have sheets and towels with the hems coming out, good for practice; seams splitting out on those very active jeans. Is Sis too tall for that skirt? Just let the hem out. So many times a few stitches here and there can lengthen the life of a garment. Sew buttons back on even before they have come completely off. You can pitch it in a box for that garage sale after you (or yours) have gotten much more wear out of it.

Scissors: Select a good pair (better to pay a bit more here) that is sharp to the very tip. Then a "hands-off" rule, No! You can't use my sewing shears for cutting that." If you don't have older, worn-out shears for those uses, then buy a cheaper pair for such use. You should have a special place for your sewing shears. With good care, they'll last a long time.

If you don't already use a thimble, get the habit, makes for a much neater finish and easier on the fingers, too. When buying a thimble, try them on. You don't want it too tight or too loose. A tip here sometimes just wetting the end of your finger before putting the thimble on helps it to stay put.

All for today, have a great week now. Love you all, Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086-0265.

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