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Stuck; Once Again
maybe, just maybe I should clean? that cant be it
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Date: 10/13/12 4:04 PM

Just another rant about losing that sewing mojo. I do have several projects in mind, but missing an item for each of them. This is seriously about cleaning up my sewing room and checking out what I have and what I need and I don't know, maybe making a list. Which leads to another rant, how can I have so much stuff and not the items I need. I need a smilie for dope slap! I guess I do have sewing mojo just not cleaning and organizing mojo

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Date: 10/13/12 4:36 PM

You crack me up! I'm the same way, sometimes. But when I get like this, I make a list, and put it on the bulletin board next to my machine. The list contains the name of a project and the needed item next to it. When I get finished with finding/sewing/locating, etc., that item, I use a big red marker to scratch the project off the list. I trick my mind into, rather than ranting to myself about how I can 'have so much stuff and not the items I need' (I do that too!) the fact that a big red line through it is much better than mentally beating myself up.

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Date: 10/13/12 6:37 PM

Yeah, what's with that other stuff in my sewing room--a deflated exercise ball, husbands grandmas sewing machine and cabinet(no--she's gone, and I am not too sentimental or nice to keep it) a cute upholstered bench chair, etc, ad nauseum, and no thread for various projects(or interfacing or...) Not to mention scrapbook and cardmaking supplies that are left over from 4xannual room changing experiment
Good idea about the visible, actually posted on a wall LIST! But mine needs to include baby steps to get room in order as well. No great BIG goals like getting whole room organized, just nice, ever-so-small baby steps

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Date: 10/14/12 7:57 AM

Interesting. I see some sewists have perfectly organised supplies. Drawers and boxes always labelled. Interfacing, overlocker threads, zips, press studs in easy reach. Like a well run office.
I have shed loads of stuff which I'm keeping because its nice and I might use it someday. It does come in handy in that I can pull a drawerful of stuff out, root through, and often come up with some creative solution to whatever I'm making. The huge downside is that when I want to find something practical in a hurry its buried with roughly similar objects, somewhere and takes a couple of hours to find. Does anyone relate to that?

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Date: 10/14/12 9:42 AM

I really, really needed to read this today. I mean really.

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Date: 10/14/12 9:56 AM

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The huge downside is that when I want to find something practical in a hurry its buried with roughly similar objects, somewhere and takes a couple of hours to find. Does anyone relate to that?
I do. Like my lace box...

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Date: 10/14/12 11:56 AM

What's getting me stuck (other than lack of time) is that I can't control my sewing machine. I have been trying to finish two bras that I cut out months ago, but every time I sew a seam, it looks awful, with a loopy bobbin stitch, and I know I need to rip it out, figure out what the problem is, and do it over, and I just give up. And then don't want to move on to something else because I will have to change to different thread. Etc.

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Date: 10/14/12 12:05 PM

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Interesting. I see some sewists have perfectly organised supplies. Drawers and boxes always labelled. Interfacing, overlocker threads, zips, press studs in easy reach. Like a well run office.

I have shed loads of stuff which I'm keeping because its nice and I might use it someday. It does come in handy in that I can pull a drawerful of stuff out, root through, and often come up with some creative solution to whatever I'm making. The huge downside is that when I want to find something practical in a hurry its buried with roughly similar objects, somewhere and takes a couple of hours to find. Does anyone relate to that?


I really can't relate at all.. as I have TWO sheds.. and planning to put another one up soon..

I do find that keeping each rubbermaid container properly labeled helps to find my items in a hurrry.. I use adhesive stickers.. and if I remove a certain fabric etc. I just peel off that label.. so I don't put cotton fabric for instance on the label. but something more specific.. such as cotton chintz..faberge design.. and so on.. I have one labeled Really ugly brown scratchy fabric.. lol
I keep like items in like containers.. my trims in smaller containers so I can more easily pick them up.. and bring them inside if need be..

I will say.. I enjoy time organizing the things in my SR.. but because of the constant reorganizing.. I can't ever remember where I put what.. so am trying now not to do any more moving around.. as soon as I move something it takes me a lot longer to find it for sure. I also have HAVE to clean my room between projects. .or my straight pins end up on my floor and then in my foot.. and the seam rippers disappear under the mess and so on. But while I am doing a project I leave it all out where I can easily see it.. hopefully..
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Date: 10/14/12 12:07 PM


Of course its the machines fault. not user error.. so I suggest buying several more machines..

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Date: 10/14/12 12:50 PM

oh yes, I can relate to working on a project based on the color thread is in my machine. I justified quilting my tote bag with white because I did not want to run to the store for matching thread. It actually looks fine.

I do like the zen of sorting when I get into it. I need to get some clear boxes for the misc stuff. I organized using wicker baskets which look great but mean I cannot see what is inside. Although things start out sorted, over time I tend to toss things into any box.

On the up side, I am working on my tote for the gym

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