I'm on a quest to change those sewing habits that bog me down in one way or another - August was all about snipping threads, and I'm delighted to report that I conscientiously thread snipped with focus and success all month :) I was even given two additional thread snippers, so now every machine has a pair, and so does my ironing area!
Sarai is continuing her habit-changing challenge, and I accept the challenge! This month, I promise to myself (and to y'all) that I will put my scissors away after each session.
Methinks this will not be as easy as the thread snipping.
Step #1 is to find a better location for scissor storage! Currently, the 4 pairs in constant use hang from an artsy-craftsy scissor hook thingy. I thought that would be a good idea, and it does work, but the location of the hook is a major issue here. Just getting to the scissor hook in my tiny room involves navigating the narrow area between my cutting table and a bank of fabric storage drawers to the furthest corner of the sewing room, and I'm just flat out way too lazy to walk that far every time I want to put my scissors away. So they get laid on the cutting table & buried under pattern pieces, or they meander into the ironing area & snuffle their way under a bit of fabric, and the paper cutters even manage to find their way out of the sewing room and into other areas of the house (probably because the office scissors got used for pattern cutting when the pattern cutters went for a stroll somewhere, so all of a sudden I can't find a single pair of paper-cutting scissors, and the house contains at least 3 or 5 of these....)
The sharp-eyed among you may notice that there are only 3 pair hanging here - that's because #4 has managed to walk off - probably giggling at me from under a pile of rumpled fabric...somewhere.....I'll find you before the day is out though!
So. I have a day at home today, and part of the day will be devoted to getting my sewing room semi-organized. It's officially a disaster area, given the too-many-projects-at-once aspect of my life lately. By tonight the scissor hook will be moved to a more convenient location.
And then, I hereby solemnly swear that I will make every effort to put. the. darned. things. away. After each use.
I can do this. I did well with the thread-snipping thing, so I can do this.
She tells herself confidently.
UPDATE: I've not cleaned up the sewing room completely, but at least I cleared off the cutting table, and have relocated the scissor hook to the other side of the cutting table. This places them near the door as I enter the room (or exit it), right by the cutting table, close enough to the machines, and since the ironing board is a few feet away in the next room, there could hardly be a more central, accessible spot! I also angled the scissor hook, so that the blades and points are less likely to touch each other.
Now then, all I need to do is use it :)
Are you changing any habits to make your sewing life easier or more efficient? And if you worked on a habit in August, how did you do with it? Join me in this monthly goal - I highly recommend it!