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Sunday, June 26, 2011

In A Few Minutes


I love my timer. Simple as that. I have learned that if I set the timer for 20 minutes when I sit down to sew, I get so much more accomplished. The other day, Judy L wrote about the games she plays. That got me to thinking about the games I play and most often they involve my beloved timer.

This morning I set the timer for 20 minutes--my most often used setting so I will (force myself to) get up and move around--turned on the stereo to some Rod Stewart and started working on the final 4 borders sections for my Golden Harvest. Stitching, pressing, trimming......pretty soon my time is up. While pressing the last strip, I see I have had yet another whoopsie. I have to take that strip off and sew it back on again.

These are my favorite un-sewers. I find the blade on the left to be the best for me when un-sewing while paper piecing. Then I use the rubber end on the red ripper to gently "erase" my little thread bits away. My friend Nadine taught me that and I had to rush to JoAnn's to buy one for myself. Don't you love getting fabulous tips from your friends?!? And a side note to the makers of the red ripper--you need to make a cap for that thing. One that will stay on when it is not in use.

Now my time is up on the computer and my dogs want their breakfast...soon I'll be setting the timer again for another 20 minutes.

5 comments:

Charlene S said...

My normal setting is 30 minutes as it is the time it takes to wash/dry clothes too. I get alot done in my 30 minutes. Started out at 10 and slowly went up to 30. Amazing what you can get done on the timer!

Mary said...

Good work on the Paper Piecing. Lynn and I devised our own cap for the Frog Stitcher with a pencil grip and and ball point pen cap. Cut the clip off the cap and insert it into the pencil grip and put it over the end of the point of the seam ripper. We have showed it to the Clover People, but no results yet...yours is Fons and Porter, I see. Great idea to use the bottom end to get those strings off. Tweezers work too.

Suzanne said...

When my kids were younger I use to do the same thing, but I use to set it for 15 minutes...maybe I should go back to do that again....

Barb in Mi said...

I like your 20 min timer work intervals! And I agree: this little cap is not working and falls off all the time. Will try your eraser method, never heard about it before.

Pieces to Love said...

I need to do that with my computer time so I get more done during the day.