(Brief intro to our one and only Nan.
Nan is by far the funniest guest Quilter we have ever had.
She is also the one guest we have on every month ( no exception)
You will soon know why when you read her. She is like our very own
Erma Bombeck. ( for you young ones, Erma was featured
everywhere in newspapers and magazines. She would spew about the details
of what it's like to be a woman, in such a funny way.)
How lucky for you all to be able
to say HELLO to our Nan and tell her-keep us laughing
as only you can do)
Hi Samm! Hi Everyone! It's me, Nan, of Pots and Pins...back again (thanks Samm!) to talk to you about power tools...electrical machinery...things with plugs, lights, and real motors!! Oh yea! The mister can wield a weed whacker with skillful precision, and can vacuum a lawn like nobody's business (I realize that's not something every man would dare to admit, let alone be proud of, and I'm here to tell you it's not a pretty sight! Especially if he takes his shirt off! When our neighbors first witnessed this odd behavior they thought it was so entertaining they pulled up lawn chairs to the sidewalk and sat and watched him!)
Power tools come in all shapes and sizes, and it's been my experience that the mister's power tools have a life span of about one summer, at least that's what he tells me when he brings home new tools on a yearly basis!? But my power tools...the ones I use every single day...the ones I depend on and have come to love...well, we have a special bond and I could never just toss them aside for a new model.
|The Old gal...she earned her retirement!|
|I love toy sewing machines - especially if they work! I've only got 4 in my "collection" but I hope to collect more and more...can a collection ever be too big?!?|
|This little baby really sews...and don't you just love the pink color?! All sewing machines should come in colors...are you listening sewing machine makers?!? I'd like Hot Pink or Lime Green...or Fuschia!!!|
Well, I've heard of them now! And because I can't keep this in any longer...Madame Samm has something really GREAT to give away TODAY!!!
A JANOME SEWING MACHINE!!!
Okay, okay, now that I've spilled the bobbins, I'll give you a minute to calm down and let it soak in while I tell you my:
Top Ten Tips For Keeping Your Sewing Machine In Perfect Working Condition:
#1. Most problems with sewing machines have to do with the thread. Use good thread and save yourself some $$$ and headaches. Make sure the weight of your bobbin thread and your top thread is the same, so your stitching will look better and to avoid thread issues. At my local sewing machine shop, the technician told me, "A sewing machine is just like a lady's body, if her top half matches her bottom half, then she'll look better...and so it is with the top thread and the bobbin thread!" She actually said that...in all sincerity...with a sweet smile on her face...I almost choked to death trying not to laugh out loud! One more thing about thread - never wind your bobbin thread by hand...I know someone who dropped her bobbin and it rolled and rolled and then she sat forever re-winding her bobbin...when she started to sew it was one broker thread after another!
|This is one of my very favorite pieces of |
#2. A little brush can be your machine's best friend. Keep one or two handy to remove threads and lint build-up around the bobbin cage...I have three brushes that are always next to my machine - they work great at removing "dust bunnies" from the machine and straightening an errant eyebrow hair! Hey! A girl's got to use what she can when she can!
|A can of spray air works great, too, but only use it in the bobbin area, not in the upper part of the machine!|
#4. Don't let your machine sit in front of an open window. I know this may seem like a no-brainer, but my old sewing machine sat on a desk right in front of a window...which I left open for most of the summer. As the temperature changed from day to night, so did the humidity, dampness, direct sunlight, etc., and so did the inner workings of my machine. Sewing machines have metal parts. Metal rusts. Rust = expensive repairs. IF you sew with the window open, make sure you close it at night or...
|My roosters seem to be going the wrong direction! Story of my life!|
#5. Cover your machine when not in use. Keep dust away from your machine, they are not compatible. If your machine didn't come with a cover - make one for it out of your stash! Go to my blog, click here, and you can follow along with my easy Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial...or, just use a pretty pillowcase, it's better than nothing and works great, just fold in half and put over your machine.
#6. Sew on speed. Ummm, let me clarify, we're not talking drugs here...sewing on speed means to sew using a moderate to high speed on the foot pedal. As I like to tell my quilting students...It's okay to be fast, but not hot! Feel free to quote me! It's true! Sewing along at a slow speed can cause over-heating of the machine, especially if done for long stretches at a time. (I happen to know that the internal workings of a sewing machine operate at around 85 degrees, after just a few seconds of sewing, and the longer you've got the pedal down, the hotter the machine gets. I'm a savant with information like this...trivia, is my specialty!) If you're a slow sewer, work on picking up the speed, which allows for not only faster sewing, but more frequent stops, allowing for the machine to cool down...think of it as a break for you and the machine. Bet you didn't know your machine could have hot flashes!
|This little beauty belonged to my Grandma Annie Merle. She mainly used it to repair clothing and now I use it as an end table in our family room.|
|I bought this at a garage sale just so I could have it on display in the "nerve center"...my workroom - it makes me happy just to see it...and it only set me back one Hamilton!|
#9. Read the Instruction Manual. Really, when all else fails, get it out and read about your machine. And then, if something still doesn't work, it's time to take it in. Most sewing machine
|I bought this machine at a garage sale, too! I plan to turn it into a lamp...not sure yet how I'm going to do that but it's just too pretty to be tucked away in my sewing room, I want everyone who comes to my home to see it - all lit up!|
Okay, kids, come visit me at Pots and Pins, I'm always cooking up something good and I'd love to have you stop by, become a follower and leave me a comment...just to entice you a bit, I am having a wee little give-away myself! First, read below about the great machine you can win from Janome (yes, you do! Ahhhh, I never get tired of that!) and thanks for reading along.
Thanks again, Samm, as always, I remain your humble servant! xoxo, Nan
YOU do keep a smile on my face from beginning to end!
( of course a machine
a JANOME )
Introducing the Janome HD-1000
For our Wantobe Quilters
The HD-1000 by Janome provides super sturdy construction and easy to use features
for a dependable and enjoyable sewing experience. Heavy duty aluminum body construction
make this machine a great choice for the sewist looking to tackle a wide range of fabrics
and sewing types. 14 stitches and a four-step buttonhole provide stitches for a range
of applications. You'll even find extras like a built-in needle threader and storage tray.
Calling all Wantobe QUILTLERS
( those with no sewing machine, you have no tools,
no rulers, no rotary cutters, you possibly don't know what that purple
thang is yet lol.) Then you are most certainly a Wantobe Quilter
and you can win this...
WE choose winners every day! And you can win more than once!
Winners will be posted always at 12:01 AM EST
( exception on Fridays, winners are chosen at 8:17 PM)
Quilters can still comment of course, just be sure
to say you are a Quilter. If you are a Wantobe Quilter
just mention your sponsor./quilting blogger you registered with..
( if you don't know any of this because you are brand new
check out the graphic with her biting her lip and click on that)
Ohhhh I did not tell you what the blog sponsor
wins....( I know I am not telling you till tomorrow
but YOU will be glad it is YOU)
Now go, tell your Wantobes....
Big Thanks to Janome for being our FIRST company to giveaway a sewing machine
They are reliable, and I still have a Janome
that I purchased 20 years ago, still one of my fav machines.
HOW TO WIN..
Be a follower of Nan's Blog
( you just have to see her tutorial for her sewing machine cover)
I want that one...lol
PLEASE tell us you are..
Be a follower here at Stash Manicure.
and tell us you are...( we check lol)
and simply put,
Janome would love to hear that many of you
would love this machine!
Thank you Janome, NAN of course
and YOU for being part of all this..