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Advice on sewing

Have you ever threaded a serger? If you have, you understand my plight. If you haven’t, you’ll never understand the frustration.

After months of battling different illnesses, I’m trying to return to normal, which means I’m sewing again. Now, a regular sewing machine is easy enough to thread. A serger, on the other hand, requires the patience of a saint and four hands. I don’t have patience and I only have two hands, so threading my serger is not fun.

When I got my serger out the other day, I had all but one of the three threads threaded. I could not get the third thread to go through the final hole. I worked at it for two afternoons and was at the point of throwing the serger out the window when I saw my problem.

I was trying to put the thread through solid metal. When I scooted the thread over a bit and tried to put it through the real hole, it slid right in.

I had to get up and walk away from the machine!

Sewing does require mental preparation, in addition to getting all the “stuff” ready.

There’s an article that circulates among my sewing friends that is a great help in getting ready to sew – “Advice from a 1949 sewing manual.”

Never approach sewing lackadasically. Good results are difficult when indifference dominates.

Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or the beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy sewing.

When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Have your hair in order, put on powder and lipstick. If you don’t have to worry about visitors or your husband coming home and finding you not put together, you will enjoy your sewing more.

Yeah, right.

I’m always happy to have visitors, sewing or not. But if you come to my house when I am sewing I will more than likely be in my pajamas and my house will be in a mess. If I’m sewing, I don’t have time to clean house.

And I find that I enjoy my sewing just fine!


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