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MarieCurie | Posted in Gather For A Chat on

Has anyone else had this experience:  My sewing machine is in the shop.  I thought I would languish in misery.  Yet this is the most productive sewing week I’ve ever had.  I’ve done the pattern prep, and cut and marked five muslins and counting for the next several months of happy sewing.  With all the prep work done, I am free to purchase fabric with abandon knowing I can get right to the fun part.

Funny, it’s snowing.  Again.  I consol myself looking at bright pretty summer fabrics.  Hope for the future.


  1. GailAnn | | #1


    No, I have 3 sewing machines, one fairly modern machine, a Featherweight from the 50's, and one from the 60's.

    To be sans sewing machine?????  Could death be far off?  Gail

    1. MarieCurie | | #2

      If death comes in the form of peaceful preparation of applique pieces, then death would be a welcome respite from shoveling snow.  I used up all my muslin fabric cutting summer patterns, so now I'm cutting out a quilt for a guild challenge.  It's lovely light colored blue/green/purple batiks with a bit of applique thrown in for good measure.

  2. MaryinColorado | | #3

    Me too!  "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" comes to mind.  I think the mere thought of being without our machines makes us appreciate them all the more.  The next step for me is always a flurry of creativity. 

  3. Ralphetta | | #4

    When mine was in the shop and there was a long delay to have a part sent from Europe, I asked and received a loaner for a couple of weeks. It was one of the used machines they had for sale.

  4. sewelegant | | #5

    What a delightful example of optimism!  I don't think I ever felt that being without my machine left me free to do the prep work.  I've always thought it took as much, if not more, time to do that than the actual sewing, but I was always making something at the last minute so needed that machine and would panic a bit if it started acting up.  It is a lot different today with my "retirement routine", I do spend a lot more time perfecting something before I ever get around to sewing it.  In fact, I kind of enjoy all the time I spend copying patterns on tracing paper, drafting a sloper, etc. things I didn't have time for in the past.  I'm not very productive these days compared to my past, but I think I am enjoying "my hobby" more.


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