Wednesday, June 27, 2007

simple things ...

sometimes it is the simplest of things that bring the greatest joy. The biggest pain in my bottom, when it comes to sewing, is juggling bobbins. Either they are full with the wrong colour thread or they empty out right in the middle of a tricky seam, so that I have to break off to wind the bobbin. I know life is soooo hard!

Well, I finally invested in 20 new bobbins and these little plastic things have made me so happy. I guess I'm just a simple creature really.

And just look at all that lint and fluff. No wonder my poor little machine has been playing up. I had thought that it should perhaps go for a service, which I like to think of a little spa break for a very deserving hard worker. But the mud pack and sauna shall be put on hold for the moment as the dusting seems to have done the trick. Hurray for simple solutions.


Blogger dottycookie said...

I did that once - I even bought a little box to organise them in. then I realised the bobbins I had bought were just slightly the wrong size for my machine ... doh!

June 27, 2007 10:10 pm  
Blogger Ali said...

I bought a packet for mine the other week - it gives me a ridiculous amount of pleasure seeing them all lined up!

Sadly, the plastic universal ones don't fit in my machine, so it's expensive metal and far fewer than 20, but hey ho.

June 27, 2007 11:26 pm  
Anonymous kirsten said...

sometimes it really is the simple things. bobbins are my enemy.

June 28, 2007 3:00 am  
Blogger Pixie said...

ohh I so relate to that, both the bobbins and the lint. I'm inspired to buy some extra bobbins!

June 28, 2007 6:57 am  
Blogger Sarah Jayne said...

I think one of the best tips I've picked up is to clean your machine regularly - I clean mine at least once a month before my class and fit a new needle. I think it makes such a difference.
I know just what you mean about the bobbins - but if I have too many on the go I just seem to get them in a muddle.

June 28, 2007 9:13 am  
Blogger Nonnie said...

I'm so pleased to hear that other people have that bobbin problem. I definitely don't have enough and am always finding they are loaded with the wrong colours and I have to unwind one to make room for a different colour. Right, I think a walk down to Peter Jones on my lunch break for some new ones might be in order!

June 28, 2007 9:33 am  
Blogger Poshyarns said...

I bought a pile of bobbins a while ago and could not believe that I hadn't done it before! So much easier although already I am thinking I perhaps need more....

My machine has never been serviced, it is 10 years old, eeeek! I keep meaning to get it done but something always distracts me, I hope it doesn't revolt on me one day.

June 28, 2007 2:23 pm  
Blogger Angel Jem said...

I bought some like these for my Mum, who likes to sew clothes & she says they make her feel like a proper dressmaker! It is so useful not to have to keep changing the thread on a bobbin! have fun.

June 29, 2007 10:35 am  
Blogger Hay said...

Extra bobbins sure does make life easier,its a bit of a habit for me to make sure I have a new bobbin for any new colours of threads I will be using frequently,unfortunately my machine also has the metal ones ££££££.
And those darn dust bunnies can cause all sorts of problems with how well your machine runs.

June 29, 2007 12:59 pm  
Anonymous French Knots said...

I use my Mum's old machine and have never had it serviced or cleaned it (and I've had it 10 years!) so there's another thing for the to do list. I hate it when the bobbin runs out 3 inches from the end of the last seam!

June 29, 2007 6:30 pm  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I'm so with you there! Bobbins running out when you've only sewn a few inches (when you think you've sewn lots)drives me bonkers!

Whenever I'm in John Lewis I always buy a case of ten of those plastic bobbins. £2.99 for for an easier life...

June 29, 2007 9:33 pm  
Anonymous Simmy said...

How topical - my machine just conked out and I think it definately needs some tlc. Maybe I should just take it apart and give it a clean.

As for buying some more bobbins - why didn't I think of that before? It would be interesting to know how few most people have. I have just 11!

July 01, 2007 5:46 pm  
Blogger Di said...

It's nice that you found a simple solution to the problem!! I remember my mum's machine having the little metal ones in a small drawer next to it!!

July 01, 2007 10:18 pm  
Anonymous zoe said...

ooooh, I hate the running out of thread thing midway through a seam!

July 02, 2007 2:18 pm  

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