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Thread: changing threads on "regular" sewing machine

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    changing threads on "regular" sewing machine

    when it goes well, it probably takes less than a minute to change the threads on one of my "regular" machines - but i just do not like th change the threads - even when i know i won' t use black thread to fix that open seam on a white blouse.

    do you have any things that are really "easy" to do - but for whatever reason, you do not like to do them?

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    I keep one machine with light thread and one machine with dark thread so I am always ready for a quick repair.

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    I have a bad habit of not changing needles and rotary blades. It's silly to be so cheap when I'm not at all cheap in most other ways!

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    I think a common 'thread' here is changing rotary blades

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    I have a bad habit of not changing needles and rotary blades. It's silly to be so cheap when I'm not at all cheap in most other ways!
    I am with you on this!
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    dusting was my job as a child. it's quite easy but i don't like to do it, so i don't do it often
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    Hey, Bear, if your needle doesn't need to be changed, you can cut the old thread by the spool and tie a simple tight square knot of the new thread and just pull the whole thing through! So says the vision challenged gal

    I have lots of things that I put off doing. Dishes is probably the biggest and most noticeable one. But this morning I got up, emptied the sink and got the dishwasher going. I don't know why I let them stack up in the sink, I don't know why I don't just run the dishwasher half full, but I know I pretty much always have dirty dishes to contend with.

    But with what Kalama said, I'm going to make it my goal this week to change all three of my rotary cutter blades. They all need it. They all have those "ticks" where a single thread doesn't get cut.

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    You're lucky you have a dishwasher. I ALWAYS have dirty dishes in my sink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    I think a common 'thread' here is changing rotary blades
    I agree not because of expense but I just don't think about it until I get super frustrated and buy a new one and think why didn't I chanel it forever ago
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    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo View Post
    You're lucky you have a dishwasher. I ALWAYS have dirty dishes in my sink.
    I am happy to have dirty dishes in my sink. It means we had a good meal. I load them and DH puts them away.
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    I dislike filling bobbins which is, of course, a very easy job, but usually it means I have to rethread the machine and that takes time, especially if if it's a time when I have trouble threading the needle. Housework: I dislike folding clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    dusting was my job as a child. it's quite easy but i don't like to do it, so i don't do it often
    I feel the same way. Hate to dust.

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    I hate to vacuum. Glad our house is small so there’s not a lot of it.

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    I also do not like to dust; however, I do it every Monday morning because I schedule it-otherwise it would join the 'things to do tomorrow' list. I cannot tolerate dishes in the sink or on the counter top. After all, it is only eight inches to inside the dishwasher. My favorite home management task is laundry. I like all of the aspects and even like to mend when necessary. I do like to iron.

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    I'm guilty of never folding laundry, it's the chore I always put off until it piles up. I tried last week to fold everything, but received so much "help" from my two year old it was barely worth it!
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    I hate cleaning the kitchen. My husband is a wonderful cook but uses everything in the kitchen to prepare a meal. Because he cooks I feel better cleaning up, that is, until it's time. That's when I get out my audiobook and clean forever! (it seems)

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    I agree with the rotary blade changing. Iceblossom mentioned the "tick" on the rotary blade where one thread doesn't get cut. How does that happen? Ideas? It happens here, too, and since the blade is a circle, how does just one little spot on it not cut when the rest of the blade still works fine? It drives me nuts...I keep thinking the "tick" will go away, but no, it doesn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coopah View Post
    I agree with the rotary blade changing. Iceblossom mentioned the "tick" on the rotary blade where one thread doesn't get cut. How does that happen? Ideas? :
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    Used to have 2 sergers so when I needed to do a simple 3-thread serge I'd go to that machine as its so difficult to thread or at least it was for me. Reason why I got the 2nd serger, a Babylock air threader. Got rid of the 1st serger last year as I just wasn't using it much so why keep it? Anyway, I just tie whatever color thread I need to change to, pull it thru except for the needle and it makes it so much easier for me now. I do the same on my quilting machine, just tie the new thread to the end and pull it thru till it reaches the needle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZquilter View Post
    I'm guilty of never folding laundry, it's the chore I always put off until it piles up. I tried last week to fold everything, but received so much "help" from my two year old it was barely worth it!
    LOL. One 'chore' we started pretty early with our 3 kids, was everyone responsible for folding their own laundry. I would sort it out of the dryer, dropping each piece into a separate basket for each child. Then they got to fold their own! They thought it was fun. And so what if they didn't fold perfectly... So we got to fold together and the job went much faster. As they became teens, they graduated to washing their own clothes too.

    For me, the one tedious part of laundry is putting everything away where it goes, once it's folded.
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    i have even had new, out of the package, Olfa rotary blades skip that one thread.

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    I could spend all day sewing quilt blocks but I absolutely hate repairing clothes or hemming pants. I'll put it off until I have no other choice. My husband and daughter are both 5' 3" and usually need a few inches off their pant legs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    I have a bad habit of not changing needles and rotary blades. It's silly to be so cheap when I'm not at all cheap in most other ways!

    This is me all over.

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