16 August, 2019

Handy Tip and Tidying Up

In an effort to finish as many projects as I can this summer I have adopted the practice of binding for a few hours each and every evening while watching TV before bedtime. We don't watch television in the lightest and brightest of all rooms which makes needle threading a challenge. I have started pre-threading my hand needles during the day and have them ready to go now when I sit down to bind. I found this super-duper needle threader when cleaning out some of my Mom's sewing accessories and few months back. I have found it to be sturdy, as well as pretty and substantial; but, best of all, it threads even the finest of straw needles! I am now threading up five or six needles with whatever color thread I will be binding with and place them into the handy-dandy domed needle case to use later. Can you thread up needles ahead and place them into a square of flannel or felt? Sure. But this is a much more efficient and safe way to store them, read on.
This was also found in the recent clean-out. I have fallen heir to many valuable treasures from my Mom's sewing box. The way this works is this: the threaded needles are each inserted into a slot and wound into the case by spinning the center wheel. You can see a demo here. I love this; it really works and definitely earns its place in your chair-side sewing box besides being a fun little "toy" to have! Both of these notions are by Clover and I assure you that I receive no compensation from Clover, only my tried and true recommendation. Check them out. 
Placing the domed cover over your threaded needles, it locks into place, making this completely portable.
You can toss it into your to-go bag and your threaded needles will be tangle-free and ready to use!

Speaking of efficiency; I have been spinning my wheels in the sewing room lately; I have been busy as a bee but not showing much forward progress. A quick look around revealed why. I had piles of mess everywhere! Every pattern I had been thinking about, book that I had pulled off the shelf, piece of fabric that I had dragged out and half-finished project was either piled up or draped over something else. It was high time to clear the deck so that I could breathe think work again!
In less than an hour and a half I had everything cleaned up: sorted, stashed, filed and/or completed. Work surfaces were cleared, (except for what I am actually working on) and order was restored.
First thing: I got caught up with the latest BOM blocks from my LQS. Without all the piles surrounding me I worked quickly; it felt good to be unencumbered, I tidied right back up when I was done. I can now enter this space again with a lighter, free-er feeling and get right down to business. Am I alone in this or can you relate? That tidying that we put off can really drag us down to the point where we get nothing accomplished. The amazing thing (at least to me) is that it never takes long to restore order!
I placed an order for fabric the other day. Imagine my delight to learn, when I opened the package, that I had hit a jackpot! A full three quarter yards of jackpot, too; WOW, it was my lucky day! 😊

Life is Good!


cityquilter grace said...

nice cleanup....and it is so true one is more productive in a neat and/or orderly space...right now my design wall is crammed and needs some attention...for more projects doncha you know...LOL!

quiltkeemosabe said...

I agree it always feels better when the studio is clean. I just wish it happened more often in mine. But I saw this saying once and it suits the situation quite nicely: Creative people don't have messes; they have ideas and possibilities laying all over the place!!!

Janet O. said...

Hmmm, seems as though I saw one of those needle holders when we were cleaning out my MIL's things, but I didn't know enough to hang on to it. Live and learn!
Love your sewing space--and how you restored order. My sewing room is waiting for your touch, when you can get away. :)

Tanya said...

I love your handy gadget and will keep my eyes open for it when I am next in a craft store... We do get lots of Clover goods in Japan. (Actually I think Clover is a Japanese brand.)

And I am envious of your very large sewing room and all the pretty quilts and in progress quilts here and there are on your walls. Yes, cleaning up a sewing room inspires me to start a new mess!

Quiltdivajulie said...

... birds of a feather ... go read my weekend post (but don’t take a drink of your tea while reading). Clutter in the room or the brain confuses creativity.