Wednesday, October 7, 2015

wishful Wednesday and kosode progress


in which our plucky heroine tries out a new tool, and dreams of map chests...

The sewing bird/third hand is a recent addition to the sewing kit here, as a gift from the estate of a friends late mother, and has proven to be a great help in the yards and yards of hand sewing on this project. I have long wanted to try out this tool, and it really IS a game changer...

The sewing of straight seams and hems is eversomuch easier with this to help, it holds one end of the fabric, so that you can use one hand to sew with and the other to hold the fabric taut... much less contortion and hand stress than holding the fabric before and after the needle whilst stitching. Apparently, I've been told, it is also a very useful tool for holding fabric while trimming seams, and while using a seam ripper...
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The declutter and sort and organising is moving forward slowly, but my ongoing conversation with my declutter coach has uncovered a Useful Insight... Part of the reason the cottage is filled with piles of stuff is that there are almost no good dedicated "staging areas" for the myriad projects our plucky heroine is so fond of. Some are for work, and some are for me, or the house, and lest the parts get lost they are all stacked and bundled randomly around on any available flat surface. This is counter productive, as pieces and supplies and information get lost.

There is actually a staging area for sewing projects now (inside the linen closet where there is an section, ostensibly for hanging coats but not tall enough, where my various sewing projects can be stored each hanging from a skirt or pants hanger) but since I just set it up, there are still projects around the house that need to be moved into this space. What there is not, is a staging area for smaller personal projects, of various crafty sorts, and the workday projects that involve enameling and metalwork. While my dream is for an antique solid wooden map chest or wooden card catalog cabinet, realistically those won't just appear on my doorstep, and the days of picking up said cabinets for a song as surplus are long gone. Further thought must be given as to possible useful and aesthetic solutions. Solving this conundrum would do much to resolve a significant chunk of the clutter problem...

1 comment:

  1. I use my sewing machine pressure foot as a third hand. The third hand is also useful when hand-rolling silk scarf hems; to me, it is essential for that task.

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