Monday, January 11, 2016

Getting started ... Motivation!

Do you find it hard to get back into your sewing routine in January?  As much as I live quilting, I have a hard time switching gears in January and getting going.

When you teach classes and need to have your sample done, motivation gets a big nudge!!  I have some ideas to help you get going ... First thing I do is clear my work space.  I was smart enough and neatened my sewing room after I was finished with my last longarm project in December.  It felt so great to go into my room and see it nice and neat.  That is a welcoming sight for sure ... I have a bin next to my work table that holds scrap fabric.  Put all your tools where they need to be.  Make sure there is a sharp blade in your rotary.  If your area is cluttered and you can't find what you're looking for, you are not going to be motivated to sew.  Make your area happy ... You love to quilt, let your space reflect your personality!

If you're like me you can't remember when you cleaned out your bobbin race. So take your bobbin out of your machine, take the whole assembly out and using a small brush, dust it all out.  Take off your presser plate and get all that dust out too.  I am very familiar with my machine, so this isn't a problem for me.  If you are not familiar with your machine, check your manual.  Put a drop of oil in the bobbin area, put everything back together.  Change your needle ... And you're ready to sew!  I always put a piece of scrap fabric in after I've oiled my bobbin area ... Just to make sure any residual oil gets on the scrap fabric, and not my good fabric.

Your area's clean, your sewing machine is ready!  I'll be back later with a few more ideas to help you get started!  Here's a peek at my stash project for January ...

1 comment:

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Great tips and advice! I tidied up my sewing room and organized my next UFOs to tackle, but need to change my rotary blade and clean my machine. Thanks for the reminder!