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Posted on: 1/21/06 8:52 AM
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I get so engrossed in whatever project I'm working on that I can work right through important mini-deadlines. As a result, I've had countless loads of clothes left to wrinkle in the dryer, food cooked to a charcoal crust, and morning speed-showers and minimalist makeup on work days. I bought a timer for the sewing room, and now I set it as a reminder to stop what I'm doing and take care of life's annoying sewing interruptions - work, food, clean clothes, etc.

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Mufffet said... (11/14/07 0:13 AM) Reply
Karla, what a groovy idea! I sometimes use the kitchen timer to remind myself, but this would be even better! Thanks!
stitchinjj said... (4/23/06 11:27 AM) Reply
LOL! I am in my 50's too and have had to use the timer for the last few years. My laundry room is adjacent to the sewing room and the machines have beepers so that isn't a problem, but I used the timer to remind me about other things! I also keep my tv on in the sewing room. It causes me to look up occasionally and that relieves stress in my neck and shoulders. Most shows are 30 minutes and just that reminds me of how long I have been sewing. One day I put it on the music channel and sewed way longer than I should have.
Karla Kizer said... (1/28/06 9:01 AM) Reply
"to remind me to do a 5-10 min stretch and walk on my treadmill." Note to self: buy a treadmill. :(
Elaine Penney said... (1/28/06 8:03 AM) Reply
I'm a timer user, also. It has saved many a dryer load meal. I also set it hourly to remind me to do a 5-10 min stretch and walk on my treadmill. This gets the oxygen flowing again and keeps me focused. I make fewer mistakes that way.
martinanne said... (1/27/06 6:42 AM) Reply
That is a great tip! I'm always complaining about how I don't have enough time to sew. But I know I could squeeze in a lot more time if I weren't so afraid to get sucked into a project and miss important things I have to take care of. I'm going to try the timer trick. Even 10 or 15 minutes at a time will add up.
BeckyC said... (1/25/06 6:02 PM) Reply
I too, have a timer in my sewing room for life's little annoyances. I found a timer at an upscale kitchen store that I can hang around my neck. So if I walk out of the room, I can still hear the timer. (It also tells me when my kids are about to walk through the door after school and when DH is about to come home, so I can run to the kitchen to open those prepackaged meals for dinner.....)
France said... (1/23/06 11:27 PM) Reply
Great idea, I should use it too, especially when I am so involved in my project I forget I am supposed to go to bed at night.
Supa said... (1/23/06 8:25 AM) Reply
I do this when sewing in the afternoon so I dont miss school pick up time!!
PixieCat said... (1/22/06 6:36 AM) Reply
I do this too! Especially when I have laundry going so I don't end up with a wrinkled mess in the dryer. Great tip!
Tov said... (1/21/06 6:29 PM) Reply
Excellent idea, thanks!
sjm said... (1/21/06 5:05 PM) Reply
I take my kitchen timer with me, to a comfy armchair, to wake me after an afternoon snooze!!
KarenP said... (1/21/06 4:07 PM) Reply
I could use this a reminder to go to bed! I usually make sure I'm wearing my watch so I don't accidently stay up too late.
Lisa Laree said... (1/21/06 2:15 PM) Reply
Isn't it amazing how fast time goes when you're sewing... ;) Great idea!
Kim Winson said... (1/21/06 9:58 AM) Reply
Karla, I set a timer as well! Whew, glad I'm not the only one that needs it. Thanks for posting this tip!
SewVeryTall said... (1/21/06 9:16 AM) Reply
Good idea Karla...and you could also use it to see how long a project took you to complete [sometimes I'm just curious about this].
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