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Miss Sophie and the measuring tape
Tales of a kitty and her desire to help me sew
renjon7798
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Date: 7/29/14 8:26 PM

I am the new mommy to an 8 month old Maine Coon kitten named Sophie. I love this little girl and it's obvious she loves me because she wants to be all over me while I'm sewing. From cutting the pattern out to the fabric all the way to the sewing machine. While I love having her around, I'm concerned about her tearing the pattern pieces, stepping on a pin or needle (or worse, eating it!) or somehow getting hurt while I'm sewing. Any advice on how to keep her out of harms way while I'm sewing? I don't have a separate space to work in, it's all in my kitchen and/or living room.

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Date: 7/29/14 9:14 PM

I have the same issue. Personally, I'm very worried about pins and am trying to limit my use of them. I use the Clover clips and Janet Pray's methods for sewing without pins. I also use heavy pattern weights that help me wrangle my fabric a bit and further reduce the need for them.
So, with all that said, I do still use them but I have a Dritz magnetic wand that I'm religious about using to make sure that I've got all my pins accounted for. It's difficult to keep cats away, even in a big house, but we can be really prepared before we start a project and make sure to put everything away before we walk away from it in order to maximize safety.
I also keep my pins and scissors on a side table that happens to be positioned so they are uninterested in jumping on it. Mostly because their cat tree is in the same room and that acts as a distraction. This is an idea I got from the My Cat From Hell show. It took some experimentation to find what arrangements work, but if I place furniture in certain areas, they aren't as interested in it. Some stuff just remains interesting and is on a wheelie cart that can be wheeled inside a closet quickly if I need to leave the house.
Another thing I do is make sure my special kitty has treats on the office chair I use the most and is beside my sewing machine chair and cutting/dining room table. I talk to her and make sure she feels involved by taking breaks to pet her.
Having her own special seat beside me usually keeps her off the sm, but sometimes there is nothing else to do but stash her in the bathroom for a few minutes so I can get a few seams finished. She really loves Janome for some reason! Lovebug kitties are the best, but they can be suffocating sometimes. I don't even know what it's like anymore to type without holding a kitty who's trying to sit on the keys.

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Date: 7/30/14 4:41 AM

My kitty doesn't care for the sewing room for some reason - I think it is too cool for her, but when I'm upstairs and I get out the laptop, kitty comes strolling over the bottom just below the keys, then turns around and walks back, then she leaves. I think she is jealous of it because I'm not paying any attention to her. Cats can be so spoiled - but guess who makes them that way! LOL

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Date: 7/30/14 8:26 AM

My two boys like to plunder in the sewing room, especially at night. I've found that they won't go after pins if they're on a magnetic holder, which I got three of after I found one of them pawing at a pincushion. They're completely uninterested in pins now. I also have a magnetic wand that I use to sweep the area after I'm done working, and no problems so far. The other main issue I have is that they go after tissue/tracing paper, especially when I'm not around, as they know perfectly well they shouldn't be messing with it. So I have to be sure to fold and bag everything up carefully before I leave the room or I'll come back to torn and gnawed edges! I don't ever leave any thread out, as I know that would be a major temptation and could cause intestinal blockages if they chewed up a wad of it. For my serger and coverstitch, I have to have a cover on when I'm not around or else they will pull the thread from the thread cones and have way too much fun! Sometimes it's a pain, but they're my boys and I couldn't imagine having one of them get hurt because of my carelessness. Besides, it helps me to stay neat and tidy

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Michelle

SM: Janome DC2013 & Singer Futura Quintet
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Coverstitch: Singer 14T968DC

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Date: 7/30/14 8:30 AM

"I also have a magnetic wand that I use to sweep the area after I'm done working"

That is a really good idea!

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Jacqui

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Date: 7/30/14 5:50 PM

Congratulations on your Sophie. I raise MC's and they always want to be right with you. What worked for me is to put a shelving unit with the top empty right near my machines. They like to lie up there and look down to watch everything. (Same for the fridge in the kitchen!)

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