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Posted by: Coot

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Posted on: 4/5/08 7:02 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 4 people   Very Helpful by 6 people   
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If this issue has been presented I am sorry for wasting your time reading something written in times past.

I do not have a lot of time to spend sewing due to other responsibilities I have. Hense, I don't have much time to read here as well and that is the reason for the opening apology.

Reloading bobbins and changing thread colors really interferes with the amount of time I can put towards a project.

Being poor with little money to spend I tend to go to places like the Goodwill and yard sales and buy up old working machines that those who are better off financially get rid of when they get new machines.
I have a small work table and have a machine on each end. Rather than change thread color I just go to the other end of the table and use the other machine. In this manner I can get more done without wasting time.
I set the machines up on a day when I'm not using them.
I also load about a 6 bobbins for each at this time. When I need to reload a bobbin I just grab a loaded one. I have plenty to last for that day. I don't worry about having too many as I know that sooner or later I'll use them.
Next to each machine I have a pin cushion (sponge) with around 20-30 straight pins, scizzors, tape measure, seam ripper and a light highliter.
I may be repeating what was written in times past but it works for me.
From working in factories I have seen over the years that employers skimp on equiptment for profit's sake. That leads to lost time and money through down time. For me, it's the time since I sew as a hobby to ease my mind from the cares of day to day life.
I would rather have an abundance of what I need on hand at each station so that with the very small amount of time I have I can get the most done.
I enjoy sewing and it removes the joy when I have to stop to reload bobbins, change colors and such.
Should anyone have a better tip for what I am attempting to do please feel free to tell me.

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Sarah J Doyle said... (4/13/08 9:49 PM) Reply
I also believe in having several bobbins filled before starting a project - sure makes the project go faster, and as mentioned, if I don't use ALL the bobbins, I'll surely be needing them soon for another project.
vasallese said... (4/6/08 5:35 PM) Reply
Nothing to apologize for. This set up helps you with your very serious "hobby" that in turn helps you get through life. You have some great habits that work. And remember, have fun!
MaryFran said... (4/6/08 1:30 PM) Reply
Great ideas , Thanks for sharing them !
HeyJane said... (4/6/08 9:23 AM) Reply
Coot, I have old spare machines, too. (Can't stand it when the 'new' one is in the shop!) You're right, it's very efficient and more rewarding when you can get projects done faster. Estate sales can be gold mines to find all sorts of sewing items. Like your bio. I'm married to an engineer, and sewing is completely similar. We discuss fitting shapes together all the time!
SusiM said... (4/6/08 1:27 AM) Reply
Thanks. Those are always good reminders of how to use your time wisely.
j222b said... (4/5/08 7:55 PM) Reply
Time (& not wasting it) means everything to me, too. Your idea is thought provoking.
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