Bonnie Langenfeld from Landscapes in Fabric
Simple Tricks to Make Your Sewing Life Easier!
I have discovered/remembered a few ideas that I implemented right away into my work routine. Perhaps they'll work for you!
1. This really is a 'DUH, Bonnie' but I've always battled
the labels on the ends of thread spools. Well, now I just
poke a pencil through the paper into the hole on each end!
I can still read the labels, no goo on my thread poles.
2. I use a lot of bobbin thread, and thread of different weights.
It wastes time to figure out which is on the bobbin. So, use a
rubber band, stick it through the hole in the bobbin, loop it back
through itself and loop it around the matching spool. Easy to do.
3. Sometimes I cannot see where the machine needle hole is, much
less thread it. I have found that putting a paper behind the needle helps
me see the hole. Sometimes white works best, sometimes another color.
4. Sewing with invisible thread can be a pain, I have a friend who won't
ever use it. But I don't mind if I can get it set up so here's what I've learned
to do. FIrst I use the larger spools, particularly Sulky brand. It's not as thin
as some brands, and being on a larger (circumference) spool, it doesn't
curly as much. But the ends still disappear and wiggly around freely. So, I
found that coloring the tip of the top thread with a permanent marker makes
it MUCH easier to see (thus thread) and once threaded, taping the top and
bottom threads to the machine bed keeps them out of the way while I set
my fabric under the needle.
Hope you sewing life is now easier, feel free to share your ideas with me! I may post them. Happy New Year!