Friday, 25 October 2013

Time-saving Tip ...

... that I really must share. Probably something you all know, and I am last on the boat, but I will share it anyway.
In a recent issue of Dressmaking with Stitches, an Aussie sewing magazine ...
Vol 21 No 11
... there was this little tiny tip to help with keeping your sewing machine clean. Like all of you, I do the lint brushing thing, and de-fluff the bobbin etc. But when it comes to the sticky gunk that accumulates on the thread spool, well, it just seems to build up with each new spool of cotton. You know, that dreadful sticky label at the top of the thread spool, that when pushed onto the thread holder smears itself all over the stick!?! Here, let me share mine with you ...

... hard to see, but this is several layers of labels wrapped around each other. Totally YUK! Well, Stitches to the rescue ...

Light globe moment! And no joke, within one minute of doing this my faithful Janome was transformed to this ...
... all sparkling and sticky-free ready for a weekend of sewing! And the little thread holder actually fits back on the stick now! So thank-you  Stitches, thank-you Eucalyptus oil and on with the sewing ...

Just as a side note, today was World Teachers' Day! And my little lovely class had this delivered to me ...
... yes, there where chocies as well, but all gone now I'm afraid. So to all my fellow sewing-teaching-blogging friends - you will get this ... 
... which is only 7 more weeks for me ... J

15 comments:

  1. Thank you for the tip!
    I had no idea yesterday was teacher´s day. I got a present, though, a plastic bracelet made by one of my 7 y.o. girls, I´m wearing it right now.
    Only 7 weeks? I have to count!

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    1. Definitely have to do the count down ... J

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    2. Oh man. You're not kidding. I've had a countdown going since the first day of school. I don't think that's normal. =)

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  2. Got to say - I poke a hole in the label before putting it on the spool - no gunk for me!

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    1. And I have now just pinched this tip from you ... thanks!

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    2. I do the same as BeaJay which eliminates most of the problem but sometimes there can still be a little residue build up the tip will come in handy for sure... plus it removes all sorts of goo from other items :)

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  3. Oh yeah Judith, I looked at my thread spool and of course its all glued up too. I've taken care of it now. Thanks for this tip!!!

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    1. So easy to do, and so easy to fix! Now we can sew-on ...

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  4. Yeah I'm with Beajay. The middle bit is perforated so I just take it out. No gunk. :D

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    1. Yep! I'm a newly converted hole-poker ... J

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  5. Well, I'll have to see whether I've gunked my Janome :) Eucalyptus is so good for sticky stuff - I use it to remove all sorts of sticky residue. Smells nice too:)

    What lovely flowers - should give you the uplift for another spell in the classroom...

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    1. It does smell fresh in the sewing room now! Yes, only a few more weeks and then summer holidays with lots of sewing plans ... J

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  6. Oh great tip... I use the eucalyptus oil for so many things but I don't have that residue on my machine...probably not used enough lately.

    Judith I have finally arranged a meet up:
    Brisbane Blogger's Meet up
    Saturday 9 November 2013
    2-5pm
    Foxy Bean Cafe
    Cnr Potts Street and Stanley Street East
    East Brisbane
    Bring fabric, patterns, notions, tools for a swap!
    RSVP sewdarntired.blogspot.com 6 November
    I hope there is enough notice so you can come.
    Look forward to catching up again.
    Sofie :)

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  7. Thanks for the tip, and as a retired teacher...good luck in the next 7 weeks. You can do it!

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  8. Great tip, although I have never ever seen a bottle of eucalyptus oil I'm sure I can use some European equivalent ;)

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