I took the bottom off the sewing machine case and retrieved the dropped needle, vacuumed and brushed out all the lint. Only 15 minutes effort. Maybe that will fix the snarling problem also.
I took the bottom off the sewing machine case and retrieved the dropped needle, vacuumed and brushed out all the lint. Only 15 minutes effort. Maybe that will fix the snarling problem also.
Several web sites (including Lion Brand) say scissors OK to carry on if blade less than 4" long. Manicure scissors would seem good. I use an old wine cork to cover sharp points.
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I love my new stand so much! The height and width adjust. It can hold any thickness of hoop or frame, and that can rotate very easily to get to the back. The part that holds the work is strongly magnetic so itís great for attaching anything with a magnet. The heavy base makes it very stable and it easily slides under my recliner. If I ever have a chair it wonít I can just flip the base away from the chair. Some real thought went into designing this. It was expensive, but worth every penny. Sorry about the stupid sideways photos.
glad you are feeling better ch. 50s isn't that cold here if not wind and raining. has been in 40s but down to freezing when sun is gone. I am out in tshirts in 50s. just been hectic..got most of the halloween stuff up now. my car died on monday when I was suppose to go to different store because the order didn't come in so not much work. starter was gone so friend got it towed to his place and fixed it cheap for me. dh came out from work to help me. there was a trouble light that has been there for weeks that is now gone ..dh said it wasn't for that but I don't know. we went to local car lot too just too see what was available.
when dh left to come home he got a new toilet seat and found a 80 percent off pirate that talks so new decor. really just been this, housework, groceries. work. getting dh to find the mystery beep of a dying battery..not smoke alarm. of course he doesn't hear it much. hopefully get to crafting after halloween. Attachment 49715
CH - I saw the forecasts for the Midwest. Brrr. Stay safe and warm. Today, the temps in my area are going to reach ~70* before they fall back into more seasonable weather tomorrow.
Got some more work done on the vamp afgan yesterday. I'll probably get some more done tonight before I set it aside for other WIP. This one is sock weight so it'll take a while and the other WIP either already cover my legs or will go a lot quicker than this one.
The Yule goat is coming today, but the fabric isnít going to make it. I was surprised it projected Thursday delivery, but on the tracking it just made it Shreveport about 30 minutes ago. It should be here tomorrow.
Big progress on the Noel. I just have a few stitches left to finish the lower right corner. The bottom corners are the most heavily stitched so this is zooming right along. I may be able to get the bottom right corner done today, but I have a good bit of housework to do too.
Stitching this requires only a tiny bit of my mind so while I was working I gave a lot of thought to my projects and patterns. I am concluding with regret that I have bitten off way more than I can chew with the shelf pattern. If I had been sensible and gotten the regular pattern with 87 colors it would have just been big. But there is so much detail, I knew it would have better difinition if I played the hero and bought the maximum color chart. I think it is just too much, and after a few pages I would be too frustrated with the slowness to enjoy working on it. Remember I first started at the top? Yesterday on a cross stitch group someone else had just started it there and pointed out in some dismay that the first 10x10 block, 100 stitches, had 35 colors. Been there. Itís not all that bad - thereís a flowering vine there - but a lot of it is going to be.
So I have several choices. I can just abandon it and chalk it up to experience that came with a big stupid tax in money and time. Or I could get the normal pattern and do that one. Or I could do the normal one but do bits from the max color for areas like the little faces.
At the moment Iím leaning toward just paying the stupid tax and moving on. I have other big full coverage patterns that will be a lot easier and arecconsiderably smaller than the massive shelf. Also in the calculation - time is finite and doing something so huge will preclude doing other more reasonable projects I really want to do. In the meanwhile I have learned a lot struggling with this that I would otherwise not have researched and figured out and that is good info for the other big patterns.
For now - Iíll stay with other WIPs and think about it before finally deciding.
It was in the 20's here this morning but has warmed up to 30! And it's bright and sunny so it's a good day to do some sewing or crafts. I am glad I got the big quilt out last night, we were very snug. :)
DC, please don't abandon the big project. It's coming along beautifully. It will be wonderful when it is done. Set yourself some smaller goals and take it one day at a time. Take a break if you need to. Your patience will pay off.
I found a project to take on my trip. I have a mini drunkard's path quilt done in batiks. I bought the pre-cut quilt at a show sale, and started it during my first foot surgery. There are still quite a lot of pieces to sew, so it will fill up a lot of time, if necessary. It is also quite compact, so it won't take up much space in my one bag. I may also take a square or two of the wool applique quilt project I started about 10 years ago. Will have to look at it first.
We have to take the truck in to get the parking brake cable replaced, so I'll be stuck at Mom's a while. I'm taking the neglected DfG shields so I can turn the pockets. It's kind of tedious so it's a good time to do it. Then they will be ready to topstitch.
I got a few things put away in the sewing room but haven't started the giant pile of fabric. I keep procrastinating and dreading it. Gotta get that done.
The second coat of paint is on the thread rack. Just have to add the rims on the back edges. Maybe later. Then I'll install it and wait a week before I put stuff on it, so the paint can harden a little. I think I'll be happy I never tried to make space on the new shelves for the thread. That would have been impossible and frustrating. Much better to have a whole new storage space.
CH - I’m a little embarrassed by this since I just told you not to be intimated by you castle - lol. If I do it I will pretty certainly get the normal pattern. It’s a downgrade, but there is the time calculation too. I would have a better chance of getting it done. The odds are definitely against my being able to finish the max color version. Do I want to spend that much time I will probably never get finished?
None of us know how much time we have left. I worry about that every time I get on a plane. Is this the one? But we can't let that thinking stop us from doing things. I did go looking for the castle kits (there are two of them) the other night but did not find them with a quick search. They are packed away somewhere. There is emotional baggage packed along with them, too. Next time I see them I will get them out.
Working on zip pouches. Only a few weeks left to get them finished. Have a cross-in-star laid out, too.
Found the mini batiks quilt, put some extra needles and thread in a bag and it is ready to go.
Husby opted not to fix the parking brake on the truck. It would cost $600. Seems kinda high.
you can take small scissors or plane. Think less than 3 " blade and needles. Just flew on United, American and Alaska with no issues with TSA or airline. I took embroidery scissors with me.
Got two blocks sewn today, the cross-in-star and one regular star block. Also finished a zip pouch. 3 more of those to go. Changed a bobbin and the bottom tension started going all wobbly like a drunk sailor. Probably going to have to rewind it with more tension or something.
Digging around I found a small folksy embroidery kit I could take along. It does not come with thread, so I'd have to select some, but it doesn't use much.
I thought of a small clip-on gooseneck lamp we had that might work over my sewing machine, and Husby managed to unearth it from the depths of the pit he refers to as his office closet. I wouldn't mind buying a cute under cabinet light strip for it and I will if the clip-on doesn't work out, but it would be nice to keep my $11 and put a piece of clutter to work besides.
If I get a vote, D, I vote you buy the simpler shelf pattern and use the more complex one for small areas, like you said. If that extra expenditure turns a nightmare project into an enjoyable one, it seems like it would be worth it.
Sure. Everyone gets a vote if they want it. I’m still thinking about it. I don’t have to decide anything right now.
I’ve also been looking at this one from the same place. Black and white. 11 colors. I think I could handle that. I love the tree in it.
Interesting design. I like the tree, too, and the kitty.
Did some more work on the vamp afgan for myself. I'm putting it aside for the time being as the weather's turned cold (although not as cold as the Midwest!).
I was woken up at midnight with a alert on my phone about a tornado warning in my area (next town over). Didn't get back to sleep for an hour worrying about it. We normally don't get tornadoes in my area, especially ones so close. But it was a really strong storm that came through last night. The temps dropped ~30* in the space of a couple hours.
Glad you're okay, Ren. Scary. Good to know your phone alert worked though. That was us at Starved Rock SP in Illinois on our trip, alerts going off frequently, pouring rain, flood warnings, etc. Luckily no tornados or bad wind. And it was good to know the phone worked. The worst consequence was the soaking wet feet we got breaking camp, due to deep puddles hidden by grass. We were lucky.
Time to quit procrastinating and deal with the fabric burying my sewing chair. I'm hoping it's one of those things that doesn't seem so bad once I get started. I also want to get the thread shelf done and installed. Much to do, and the DfG shields are ready for topstitching now, too. My Lily's Garden game finally got updated, so my carrot for getting the sewing room chores done today is rewarding myself with my game only AFTER I've done something productive.
Thanks, SD. I'm still getting use to the new phone. It's louder than the old one. And I don't recall getting Amber or National Weather Service alerts before. That's ok, despite being startled awake in the middle of the night.
You should be able to turn down the volume of your alerts, Ren. I get amber alerts, too. I think it's a new regulation or norm in the phone business. I don't mind. When a child is endangered, it's important to use every resource to help, IMO. And of course if we're in danger ourselves, it's good to find that out, too.
I got fabric put away, the rims put on the shelves, thread rack installed, 6 shields topstitched, and a few other little things done. Things are shaping up, finally. Still have to mount the surge suppressor to the frame of one of my machine tables to get it up off the floor, and then everything should be fully functional.
By using the clip light to save money, I should be able to use that for both my indy machine and my new serger, so I don't have to buy 2 more lights.
Got the work table cleared enough to work on the new scrap catcher, so it will be fun to get that started. I need it! Come to think of it, I need one for my industrial serger, too. That could be a challenge to design, since that machine is bolted to its table. I'll figure it out.
All in all, it's been a pretty good day so far.
We got a tornado warning as well. I think I might be close to the same area. I live in the DC suburbs. I feel like we have gotten several over the past couple years. And this is not a part of the country that usually get them.
Life is too short to take on a project that does not bring you joy. Especially if no one is pressuring you to do it.
I feel like there is some merit in taking on long projects - even if the project may not be finished in your life time.
Studies say retired people live longer if they have a "purpose." Now most people think of a purpose as something like a cause or volunteer work or religion or family. But it does not have to be something altruistic. It could be a large craft project. It could be visiting every national park in the country. It could be learning an instrument and being able to play every song from your favorite band. It could be anything really...but if finish you need to pick something else.
I read a book that had two old ladies in the nursing home that knitted caps for preemie babies. They pledged not to die till they knitted a cap with every yarn there is ... in every color available. And some of the yarn they used was hand dyed small batches. If you knit or crochet, you know that such a goal cannot be completed as new yarn
and new dye batches are always coming out. I imagine they knew it too. It was a very minor part of the story, but one I found very moving.
I feel like when I retire I may pick some big projects to work on. But I will probably pick a big project that can be divided into a bunch of little things. Like making a stuffed animal for each animal in the zoo. The individual animal could be done in a month, but the whole project could take years. I might need to set limits on some animals there are a lot of. If there are three elephants, I could make a stuffed elephant for each of them. But I am not sure about every animal in prairie dog town.
I will give it more thought after I retire. But I want to have some type of craft project or art project that ties into the city I choose to retire in. Something that gives a kind of connection to the city or part of the city.
SD - I"m sure the volume can be turned down. It's more about me getting used to the new phone than anything else. I remember getting weather texts from work (we have to sign up for that service) but I don't remember getting Amber Alerts or NWS alerts before.
Kathy - I live on the East Coast so I'm sure we were under a similar tornado warning. And yeah, this is definitely not the area that normally gets tornadoes that often.
I love the story about the women pledging to make caps out of all the different types and colors of yarn. My neighbor when I first moved into my apartment was an older woman who also crocheted. I think having crocheting projects were very much welcomed as work/distraction since she was retired. I ended up with a good portion of her stash when she moved closer to her kids. My main goals are (are likely to be) reducing my stash of yarn by crocheting and writing stories. Of course, I will likely end up refilling my stash almost as quickly as I reduce it, if I was retired. :lol:
If my goal were to stitch every pattern I have, I would be shooting for immortality. The shelf would take not hundreds, but thousands of hours. I haven’t ruled it out yet, but there are so many others I want to make too.
I just got the large piece of 28 count, so I think I may take out the green trees and restart that one on it and see how how the half cross goes. If it’s ok I will probably get the regular shelf pattern and do it that way. I had only done one partial page on the trees. After the trial I will either carry on with the original or the half cross. I don’t have much invested yet in the trees. Maybe a week of work. Worth restarting if I can do it in half the time.
I did very little last night and nothing at all today. I had a big salad for supper and for some reason my stomach thought that was a very bad idea. It’s never objected before. I was still feeling queasy this morning and hurt a lot with the abrupt weather change so I’ve just been alternating dozing and staring at my phone. I’m feeling much better now though so I’ll get busy.
The banana plants are not feeling better. After last night the leaves are definitively dead and hanging down, drooping and discolored. Summer is over. Finally. I’ll miss the bright green though outside the window by my work table.
It was lovely today so I went out to enjoy the sun. Went by JA hoping to find some holiday stitchery, but they didn't have single seasonal craft project that didn't involve foam shapes. I raided the remnant bin, though. Some neutrals, including two pieces of batik, a tan and a plaid for a men's charity quilt, and an orange floral for a kid's quilt. The photo is a little off. The plaid is redder than that, and the orange is not nearly that pink.
The gold foil print is 12% linen and a full yard. It is super soft. I am going to hem it and make a simple table topper for the holidays. Our kitchen dining table is pretty small.
I went by the used fabric store, too. No christmas kits. :( They did have one of those Heaven and Earth patterns, though. A woman in blue or purple. It was a huge kit. It should come in a 3 ring binder!
DC, I don't think I've seen a picture of the "shelf" pattern you're working on.
I was doing fine until I got home. Got myself a coffee and managed to drink it without pouring it on myself or the car. But one of the neighbors mowed his leaves this afternoon and I haven't been able to stop sneezing. Ugh. I've never been allergic to leaves before. My eyes itch, I swear. Stupid immune system.
Finished one more zip pouch. Two to go. I think the pieces are cut out but I am not sure and not going to check. I wrote down the assembly instructions for when we get back from Florida. I will have forgotten everything I know in a week.
Cut a bunch of triangles. May be able to sew on them tomorrow. Will be packing and getting the house and cats ready for while we're gone.
A Twitter friend found out the tornado touched down less than a mile from his house, and neither he nor his wife got an alert. That's scary. He's upset about not getting an alert. Understandable.
Glad everyone on this board is safe.
Bad weather is on the increase everywhere, every year. ☹️☹️☹️☹️
Pretty cream & gold fabric, that will be nice on the table.
Dog club event starting 7 am Saturday. It will be cold (freeze warning), need to find all myextra outdoor gear. Afternoon weather should be nice (50's). Took the dog out there today, and again tomorrow. He will definitely need a bath Sunday.
725x518 stitches. On large page pattern, 84 pages. The other pages in the 92 listed are floss info.
Wow! DC, that is stunning. I can see why you were drawn to it, the colors are amazing.
This is going to be a strange winter. Not only is the sun at a solar minimum (meaning it is not warming the earth as much) we are in the in-between phases of el nino and la nina, meaning highly unpredictable weather. (not necessarily in a bad way, just not as predictable) IMO, be ready for anything. It won't be routine. The solar minimum could give us some record cold in places that normally don't see it. We've just come out of several years of strong el nino cycles with ocean warming and strong tropical storms. Hard to say what will happen now in the neutral part of the cycle. Even the experts don't know.Quote:
Bad weather is on the increase everywhere, every year.
Ok. I worked some on the 28 over 1 in half cross, and I can do it, and it looks ok, but I donít think itís worth it. So I have made my decision. I will pack the Stitching Shelf away, probably permanently and just admit I made a mistake. However, I will also pack the big piece of 18 count itís started on with it, and should I ever change my mind, Iíll be good to continue. Iíll continue the green trees on the 16 count. Itís working well.
As for the new gridded 28, no problem. I use 28 evenweave for 14 count projects with fractional stitches, so I definitely can use it. I also have some full coverage patterns I could use with it.
I bought myself a big consolation prize- three HAED patterns that have been in my wish list. Then I deleted the HAED link from my phone screen. I have all the big patterns, indeed patterns of any size or type, I need for a long long time. I am challenging myself to acquire no new patterns between now and the end of next year. Cold turkey. No looking.
And now, back to the Noel. Tomorrow I really must get all the patterns and thread put away.
Your forecast doesn't sound good, CH.
Seems like the right choice, D, at least for now. I like the patterns you linked to. Incredible details. I especially like the bird.
SD - That’s my favorite too. I love the colors and the cute little English robin. That will probably be my New Year’s pattern. At least I say that. I’ll probably start it the day it comes. As I said, serial starter here. Yup. Certain to do that. Why delay gratification?
I saw someone post a pic of the mini ravens that was almost finished. I had not noticed the pattern before. I like the cool moodiness of the pattern, and ravens are always a winner for me. It’s been high on the wish list ever since I saw it.
The moon hare won because I’m a sucker for blue and green and moons. It has been on and off the wish list, and was rather an impulse add to the cart last night. I considered requesting a mini made of it, but decided to just go whole hog and get the full size version.
I’m going to have to start buying blue and green floss by the crate. I have a few skeins of black to use up and then I can start on the cone of black I have. Cones of floss. Who knew?
I still want to do the embroidery too, but I will use that for a change when I need a cross stitch break. Cross stitch has been my first love for more or less 50 years, and as the retirement hobby options are settling out I have decided that it will still be the primary one. Cross stitch has come a long, long way over the decades. Back then we could only have dreamed of the kinds of patterns available in their thousands today.
DC, the new patterns are adorable! I understanding getting frustrated with large projects and needing to pack them away for later. I have a closet full of quilts that took me 30 years to finish. Enjoy your new, smaller projects.
SD, it doesn't have to be a bad winter. It could be cold and dry. No way of telling with the el nino phenomena in the stage it's in. And el nino affects the whole world, not just north america, so we may have mild weather, and another continent will bear the brunt of the changes and have hurricanes or drought. It will be different, is all I can say, really.
Last minute errands today. May sew for fun later.
Dishes caught up - mostly - and now I’m starting on the fright of a worktable and my stitching cart. Everything cross stitch has just dumped on both for weeks. This will take a good part of the day. Then I want to see what fabric I can use for the big patterns and get start getting the robin pattern kitted up.
I got the multiple cords all figured out so all the lights and machines are plugged in now. I might still switch the lights on the indy serger and over the indy sewing machine. I was able to get rid of the annoying cord cover I've been using, and run all the cords along walls. With the tall shelves gone and the big serger in its place, I can use the outlet that was behind it again.
My old serger is still not working right. Very frustrating. The problem is inconsistent, so I'm sure it works fine for the tech and then acts up at home. The tech noted on the repair tag to use better thread. Pretty sure that's not the problem considering 3 of the 4 cones were close to empty without having caused a problem till recently, but I switched it out for what I bought at the dealer last week. No difference in performance. I did notice it's looping thread on the underside, so maybe it's maladjusted or worn somewhere. So there are 2 more 100 mile round trips in our near future, most likely, after having already put 400 miles into trying to get it fixed.
I sewed a few more shields but just can't deal right now. I'm afraid to turn on the new serger in case I have a sewing room jinx going on right now. LOL
Looping threads on the bottom drives me crazy too. I've noticed it is much more inconsistent with the big 6000 yd spools than it is with the little C&C ones. I have to adjust with each new bobbin. I hope you can get it figured out.
Been running around all day. No sewing. DH needed a computer cable, we got lunch out, I had to go drop off a key for our cat sitter, pick up antacids at the drugstore, etc. Just want to relax a bit.
D - love the moon hare. I think you made a good decision on the big project. A hobby project shouldn't cause
you that much upset and all the thinking about it. It is there if you change your mind. Happy stitching.
No bobbins on the serger. I don't normally have looping problems on any of the 3 residential sewing machines I normally use big cones on, luckily. Do you use a thread stand? I've been thinking lately I should start using netting on the big cones, too. I do use those on the serger so that's not the issue there.
I finally found the liners I was looking for. There were only 3. I was looking for a stack, but after finding them, I remembered I needed to cut more. Glad that mystery is solved. I couldn't figure out where they were all morning and it drove me crazy.
Thanks earlybird. You right. It was past time to move on from the shelf pattern. These are not small - HAED doesn’t do small - but aren’t as large as the shelf. I think my real mistake with that was the hubris in thinking I was up to a max color. That’s just too hard to be fun, and by now I am too frustrated with it change to the other version. I love the new ones. Off to greener pastures!
I buy the hard copies. With only my phone and the hassle of getting them printed in town, it’s worth it to me to just have them delivered. It may take a couple of weeks. That’s good because after I got the table cleared enough to spread out fabric, I didn’t have any 18 count big enough for the robin, the one I want to start with. I did in 25 count but now I’m focused on making it easy. So I’ve ordered a piece of 18 for it. I also don’t have anything large enough for the hare, but that can wait. I made a list and calculated sizes for most of my big ones and matched up what fabric I could. I still need to put away the shelf thread and pull thread for the robin. I may go on and do that tonight.
SD, I have a thread stand for my sewing machine and the big cotton cones. It's a simple affair, a metal rod with a kink in the end, on a plastic base. My serger takes 4 threads, though I've only been able to get it to work with 3, and even the Viking employees don't know. It's got an attached rack with wire thread hangers.
I hope I have everything for the trip packed. I am so nervous about this trip for some reason. I forgot to check us in early today, now we have the worst seats, and rows apart. Ugh.
Hope everyone has a good week.
CH - have a great trip. It should get better once you’re off the plane.