Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday Sewing Tip

Hello!  How's your weekend going?  Mine, you ask?  Well, it sucks.  I seem to have gotten the flu.   Who gets the flu in August?  I spent 90% of my day in bed, yesterday.  I did, however, get myself up for a couple of hours in the afternoon to work on my project for Sara vs. Sarah Challenge No. 2.  I don't want Sara to win twice in a row!

I thought I'd give you a quick sewing tip from my years of experience.  How many years?  I sewed my first garment at the age of 5 with the help of my mom, Ruthann.  It was a purple with white paisley halter top.  It was a stylin' look for a girl in 1971.  However, that halter top met a tragic end.  I was wearing it one day at my Grandpa Milt's farm where my cousins, brothers and I were playing with the hired man Ray's pet raccoon.  I was holding the raccoon when it took a poop all over my new halter top.  I refused to ever wear it again.  Can you blame me?

But, I digress.  The point is, I've been sewing for 39 years now and I've learned a couple of things.  The first is, if a raccoon poops on your garment, just throw it away.  Here's another thing I've learned.  Sewing baskets are a mess!  I have tried tons of different sewing baskets and have not been happy with any of them.  The lids don't stay closed, they are too big or too small, they are not very durable, and they are usually just a big box with no way of organizing your stuff.

How to solve the problem?  Go down to the sporting goods store and buy yourself a tackle box!

Genius!  The lid stays closed and there's lots of compartments to sort out your stuff.  I also like the way the trays fold out in a stair step fashion so that everything is right in front of you.  I'm telling you, the tackle box is an awesome organizational solution for your sewing supplies, especially if you travel with them.

I have found a much cooler vintage, metal tackle box that I want to spruce up and use instead of this girly frou-frou one, but I just haven't found the time yet.  Someday.  In the meantime, this has proved to be a very utilitarian solution to my "sewing baskets suck" problem.

Seacreast, out.
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1 comment:

Jessica said...

I totally and completely agree and am about ready to toss my (old) sewing basket out the window. When I first saw your photo, I thought it was an old Caboodle (Cadoodle?)? A brighly colored make-up case/hair accessory/tools carrying case, a toolbox/tacklebox for teenyboppers girls of the 1980s. It fit a full size hair dryer, curling iron & Aqua net!! I think mine fell out of a moving vehicle and survived. Not sure where it is now.


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