Archive for Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

December 27, 2011

We are never too old to learn. Seems to me I learn something new every day. I’ve always said that, and grew up hearing my dad say that. Yesterday again, in that very sewing machine repair shop that I mentioned in last week's column, I learned a lot.

I’ve cleaned and oiled my own machine for years. But oh, did I ever learn more in that area. Since “canned air” came on the scene, many of us have learned to use it to blow the lint away from and out of the machine.

That kind gentleman was giving me some tips to share with you about caring for your machine. His very first one: Watch that canned air, how and where you are aiming it. It can just blow that lint farther back into your machine. That lint is one of your machine's worst enemies. It just “wicks up” all of your oil.

Aim that air blast so that it always blows that lint away from and out of your sewing machine.

He is sharing something else with us “for perfect and even stitching.” He said “If at all possible, use plastic bobbins,” then he showed us and explained why. The old metal bobbins are heavier, and as you stop and start stitching, the weight of that bobbin causes a backlash, creating a looseness of the first two stitches.

Sewing machine makers have known this for years and have been doing everything they could to lighten their bobbins. Then came plastic. The plastic bobbins were the answer.

He also has those bobbins and stuff for sale, since our fabric shops and notion sewing outlets are getting in some areas very hard to find.

A lot of you have my phone number and call me often, but let me give it to you again: (913) 369-8606.

Here it is Christmas Eve as I write this. No snow for us this year. Us oldsters appreciate this, though the kids, well...

God bless and keep you and yours. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

— Aunt Norie, PO Box 265 Tonganoxie KS 66086, auntnorie@att.net

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