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Thread: PREPARE YOURSELF MENTALLY FOR SEWING!

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    This was taken from the Singer Sewing Machine Manual - 1949

    I think this is very, very important for all of us quilters to remember and take this very seriously to heart.

    "Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do. Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates. Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do them first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.

    When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on. If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy sewing as you should."

    Happy New Year! Edie

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    :shock: :shock: :shock:
    I got the best laugh out of this...startled my grandsons too :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
    If they could only see me at my machine :roll: :roll: :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I thought this was normal. I always keep my lipstick in my apron pocket just in case and I would never consider sewing without the beds being made up first. HA!

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    Okay, I just want to know just how many of us quilters quilt in our jammies. Dishes done house work done, lipstick on and hair in place. Yeah right.

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    I am so glad that isn't in my manual. lol

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    If my husband came home and found me decked out, he would probably hire a PI to see if I'm having an affair.
    I'm as attractive as I will ever be.
    Sinks are made for dirty dishes.
    Thinking about sewing/quilting takes my mind off anything else to do with housework.
    No powders in the sewing room and no facial war paint - too hard to wash out.
    I have two dogs that bark loudly and deter visitors from coming unannounced.
    Husband knows better than to interfere with my sewing enjoyment.

    ROFL!!!!!!!!!

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    It kills me to know women actually thought like this. I was raised by a very independent grandmother. She ruled the roost and thought all women should use a cast iron skillet upside a man's head several times a year. LOL.

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    LOL im lucky if I comb my hair before I sew....and I too have a dog that barks to keep visitors away!!!

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    Dog tried to lick the juice from a dripping lil' smokie wrapped in bacon and smothered in brown sugar off my shirt. I will change it before sewing, just so I don't get anything on the quilt top. I guess I'll look in the mirror to see if the hair is messy.

    My house is nice and clean, I am a mess. No make up or contacts today. tomorrow I will make the effort, meeting sister for breakfast and then to Joann's to spend gift cards.

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    Put on a clean dress?!? I don't own a dress!! LOL

    What a crack up... I've been known to sew in my pyjamas maybe once or three times. ;-)

    And as for the dishes.... that's the kid's job not mine, that's why I had them, so I didn't have to do the dishes (oh, and so the dog had someone to play with ;-) )

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    O' well I guess, I have done this all wrong. I love to sew in my PJs. If I sew a cooked line I tell my machine to straight up. :mrgreen:

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    Maybe this is why I have so much trouble with FMQ--I don't have my good dress on. (I don't own a dress) This was a good one LOL!!

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    I only force myself to get dressed before hubby comes home from work, dirty dishes, unmade beds and floors that need vacuuming all wait for a different day!

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    I just read this to DH. He just laughed. I don't even own lipstick. I do own a dress though. Trust me. I don't wear it sewing.

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    If I had to wait til all the chores were done, I would never get to sew.

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    Maybe that's why I never get much done...just kidding!

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    oops -sent twice - sorry

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    I don't own a dress, I rarely wear lipstick, and the first thing I do in the morning is get dressed. Mainly because I take the dog out and if it is nice enough we go for an early morning walk! I get my dishes done, vacuuming done when I am darn good and ready to and not before. Husband sleeps late in the morning, so I get most everything done before he even gets up, so I have the whole afternoon to sew and get dinner ready. One nice thing about a woman - we can multi-task! So what time it takes a man to do one job, we can get three done. Heck, I can mix meringue with the mixer with one hand and stir the lemon pie filling on the stove with the other hand and not burn my hand or get my fingers stuck in the mixer and still plan on patterns for the quilt I will be making for the Cancer walk.

    So that is what we all think of Mr. Singer and his fancy schmancy ideas of how we should present ourselves. Ha! Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by erhausfrau
    "Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do. Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates. Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do them first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.



    When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on. If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy sewing as you should."
    The first part I actually do.


    The 2nd part is hilarious!!!
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    Ummm, I may be in trouble here. I work full time so I really only have the weekends to sew. But before I get started I make sure all the housework is done, laundry done, floors mopped, swept and vacuumed and dishes done. Shower, hair and make-up and dressed is done before I get started sewing. I just can't stand having a messy house. I'm usually going some where on the weekends so I'm ready really early. Having all this done early in the day gives me more time to sew right up until I have to leave. Guess I don't know where my priorities lie huh? :oops:

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    Was this witten by the woman that mops in high heels while wearing pearls? I do do the first part, if I don't I forget. Also on another thread someone said all sewers should have crock pots. I don't dare put something on the stove then go back to
    sewing. Crock pots are great.

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    Now, that is funny, (she types sitting here in her PJs) I thought quilting should always come before housework. :shock:

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    Ahh! So that's what I was doing wrong this morning...

    Ok, no sewing in PJs in the morning and I must remember to put my lippy on.

    Does this mean I can't have a cuppa tea on hand and have Star Trek on the tv at the same time either?

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    If I wait until everything is done I will never have time to sew! (LOL) Jammies it is, or at least a quick shower and jeans.

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    I do try to have the housework (basics at the very least)done before I sit down to sew. HOWEVER, I do not wear lipstick/powder EVER so certainly do not when I am sewing. My house is presentable as am I... I do wear dresses frequently but it has nothing to do when I am sewing. I do try to be presentable in case someone stops in and especially when my husband gets home, but to do so especially to sew - nope, I'm thinking not!!

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