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Arrrrgh! Stupid stuff in the sewing room
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Date: 12/31/12 12:29 PM

For example - the runaway spool or bobbin. Just grabbing a length of thread to sew a button on and a nanosecond of inattention combined with an arthritic finger and "boom!" the spool makes a run for it. Never out into the middle of the room. Oh no.... under sewing desks, through dust bunnies and piles of serger tails, preferably into a spot behind something that no normal human hand and arm can reach. I have been known to just cut off the length I need and leave the darn thing to rot behind the desk.

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Date: 12/31/12 12:40 PM

When the bobbin begins to fall, LET GO!! I have found this tip to be brilliant. The bobbin doesn't unwind and I find it seems to have less momentum, doesn't seem to head for the under cupboard spot.

My hands don't do what I want them to either, that and the failing eyes are the challenge of getting older. Thank heavens for all the gadgets and gizmos that we have to help us these days.

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Date: 12/31/12 12:58 PM

Well cutting off the length needed sounds like a perfectly good solution to me ..... and you are leaving a little something behind so that someday when you rearrange the furniture you will collect a prize for your effort.

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Date: 12/31/12 1:04 PM

My son is getting upset with me calling him in to get things that fall behind or underneath furniture. My hands don't work like they used to either. I don't know what I'm going to do when he grows up and moves out.

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Date: 12/31/12 1:58 PM

I had the same problem. My solution was to buy one of those magnetic telescoping wands. They reach into tiny places and grab my metal bobbins. Hope you have metal bobbins.
Now if I could only find where I put the seam gage?

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Date: 12/31/12 2:02 PM

That's what magnets on a telescoping wand, and those long grabby extendable things are for, (or even maybe some masking tape/chewing gum wrapped around anything long and skinny like a broom handle) are for, when things fall and roll into hard to access area's, in particular behind furniture, stacks of sewing machines, horribly complicated and wired computer set ups and huge piles of stashed fabric. Oooops, maybe I did not really say that?

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Date: 12/31/12 2:30 PM

I try to cut steam a seam just the right length. But it either stretches a bit or my eyes need a serious adjustment because frequently I have to snip off the tiny bit extra. (I suspect it is my aging eyes.) That little "snippet" sometimes gets bonded to my ironing board top. With a bit of effort and a fingernail I can usually get it off... as long as I find it in time. But seriously; who needs that to contend with in the thick of a sewing spree??

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Date: 12/31/12 6:56 PM

Yep Jane, that happens to me, too.

Funny thing about the telescoping wand. I have a really strong one because a mechanic left it behind in my car! That car had not been in the shop for years at that point, so I had no idea where to return it. The poor guy is probably on some mechanic's web site moaning about how tools get lost all the time.

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Date: 12/31/12 7:17 PM

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I have been known to just cut off the length I need and leave the darn thing to rot behind the desk.
You found me out!!!

My desk is at an angle in my sewing room so I can look out the window at the best view of the back yard. So, being at an angle, meaning at a 45 against the wall, things get lost in the "black hole" between the wall and the desk. So I leave them there. Then, many months later, I find things I didn't know I had... Imagine! Quilt strips from a quilt I was working on, a tape measure, an orphaned pattern piece. It's like opening a Pandora's box.

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Date: 12/31/12 8:47 PM

I keep losing items in my sewing room. Twice in the last couple months I've lost my favorite stitchm gauges. I HATE that. It makes me nuts and I can't stop looking for them. Eventually they do show up but in the meantime I go crazy searching!

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