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    - Your perfect machine will decide to behave only when you have a dedline.
    - If you need a yellow thread that will be the only one missing in your collection of 743 threads.
    - When there is nothing left to do except enjoy sewing you will have power outage just because.
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    This isn't murphy but it's similiar-the power goes out and you decide that since nothing is working you might as well go sew for awhile until you remember that your machine needs electricity also.

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    If you go to buy just 1/2 yard to finish a project, everything will be on sale and you'll end up with 5 new yards that do not match what's in your stash.

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    My favorite - sewing with no bobbin thread - has been taken. I'm convinced that the more difficult the seam - the greater the likelihood that it will have been done without a bobbin.
    Also, there is removing something from the machine that needs some hand work, walking down the hall, through the dining room and kitchen and realize when you sit down in the family room that you forgot to clip the bobbin thread. (This is one time when it will not run out.)

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    Having spent ages drawing several intricate shapes for your appliqué masterpiece, you iron them on to the right side of the fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzyQ View Post
    just as soon as you get in a good sewing rhythm ... the dog MUST go outside RIGHT NOW
    Gee, do you live in my house? It's like Leo has been conditioned like Pavlov's dogs. He hears the sewing machine & it triggers "I need to go pee pee RIGHT NOW"... LOL!
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    If you insist that the sewing order of the rows be a certain way and you make sure to line up the rows in order, Murphy makes sure that somewhere the rows will get out of order and you will not notice it until you are done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    You've been chain sewing forever and it dawns on you that the bottom pieces are wrong side up. Ughhhh!!!
    You;ve been chain pieceing forever & you notice that your bobbin ran out about 7354 pieces ago!
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    As you're handing a quilted gift to someone, you notice a HUGE, GLARING mistake right in the middle of it that you didn't even see till that very instant (yes, it's happened to me... I handquilted it & still didn't even notice I had a block turned around)!

    You're in a hurry to finish a gift. You go to clip a spare thread & you cut a hole in the quilt top (yes, I've done that one, too. Luckily it was a flower quilt so I just appliqued a butterfly over the hole, but still...).

    Sometimes I think my last name is "Murphy"!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by charity-crafter View Post
    This isn't murphy but it's similiar-the power goes out and you decide that since nothing is working you might as well go sew for awhile until you remember that your machine needs electricity also.
    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thinks that. Last time the lights went out, I thought, "Well, I'll just turn on a lamp till the electricity comes back on" (since the overhead light was out). D-U-H! I've also tried to turn on a light to find the flashlight in the dark!
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    Quote Originally Posted by charity-crafter View Post
    This isn't murphy but it's similiar-the power goes out and you decide that since nothing is working you might as well go sew for awhile until you remember that your machine needs electricity also.
    And the lights don't work either!
    Prettip

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    Working with white on white fabric never saw that I had one of the borders sewn on the wrong side, not when I sewed it on, pressed it, pinned the three layers together, quilted it by crosshatching until I was sewing the binding on by the machine on the front side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    I have pinned and pinned to match my seams on sewing 2 long rows together, removing the pins as I sew, only to find when I get to the end my bobbin has run out of thread way back at the start!!
    ABSOLUTELY my favorite!

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    As you sew, so shall you rip.

    The seam that you NEED to take out is the one with the tightest stitching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    I have pinned and pinned to match my seams on sewing 2 long rows together, removing the pins as I sew, only to find when I get to the end my bobbin has run out of thread way back at the start!!
    Boy this happens to me a lot!!
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    When you try to do just "one more" late at night--------it's guaranteed to need ripping!
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    If the quilt is mostly black, the white cat will find it irresistable!
    I've got big white dogs-------------my next dogs are going to be dirt colored! Or black or dark brown or something besides white.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzyQ View Post
    just as soon as you get in a good sewing rhythm ... the dog MUST go outside RIGHT NOW
    I really didn't know that other dogs pull that. I've gotten into the hang of taking him for a walk first, and then sitting at the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggieloe View Post
    there is removing something from the machine that needs some hand work, walking down the hall, through the dining room and kitchen and realize when you sit down in the family room that you forgot to clip the bobbin thread. (This is one time when it will not run out.)
    I can't stop giggling about this one!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    I've got big white dogs-------------my next dogs are going to be dirt colored! Or black or dark brown or something besides white.
    Next time we get new flooring, I'm taking the dogs with me and getting something that matches them exactly!!!!
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    You are hanging that beautiful blue and yellow wallhanging in your daughter's room and all of a sudden you see that one small half square triangle that is rotated 1/4 turn from where it should be. You scream and then swear that you will never tell a soul since it's not that noticeable. Then your daughter comes in the next morning and says "Mom I couldn't sleep last night and I was counting the squares in that wallhanging, and did you know that......" well, whatever, it is what it is. Things happen.
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    These are so funny, and I think I've done them all. Especially sewing like crazy only to find out the bobbin was out of thread after the first 2-3 stitches. My personal favorite is my 2-3 year old grandson crawling under the table and pushing the foot petal full speed ahead. Can't thread the needle that way!!!
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    Just when you get into the quilting mode, everything is going good, the cat decides that under the sewing table is a good place to take a nap. When you stop sewing to reposition the quilt, he rolls over onto the foot pedal and starts sewing. I thought my sewing machine was haunted or something.

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