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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Decoration day ... purge-style

My friend and his wife came over and while he was busy chainsawing the stump in the stump bed, she and I packed up ALL the decorations and brought them downstairs.

Between them and their grown kids, the stuff will get good use.

And I have space in the upstairs bedroom again to stage more stuff.

Next up:


Stay tuned.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

It's beginning to look a lot LESS Christmas!

Too gloomy, windy and chill to work outside today so I bit the bullet and had a go at the side of the attic that was filled with unused Christmas decorations.

I used to have a wing ding holiday party when I was working and accumulated a lot of stuff.  But after I was downsized (2006) there was very little call for it.  I couldn't afford to give that big a splash anymore.

90% of stuff has not been used since.  

Today I pulled it all out of the attic, dusted everything off and set them out in the bedroom up there to evaluate.  

Going through it was no prob.  I'd long ago disconnected emotion from these items, having saved out sentimental objects last Christmas (you saw pics of the decorations/ lit tree in the front bay window).

As the attic emptied there was no regret knowing that it was all going to be donated.  I'd even disconnected from the monetary value of the (some extremely nice) stuff.  It hadn't even been worth my time to take it to this past summer's garage sale.

Finally, the attic was emptied (except for the lit tree and the front door wreath).  

Tomorrow my friend is coming over to take a load of yardwaste to the depot and he'll be offered all items.  What he and his family don't take will be hauled off as good riddance.

The 2nd floor purge is coming along.  The east attic is empty, the linen cupboard is empty, the west closet is empty.

The west attic while not empty now only holds hobby and sentimental items.  All that paper, documents, manuals, ancient bank, credit and household info was shredded back in spring.  There is a lot of room in there now.

Still to do -- and this may never get done -- is the east closet is filled with sentimental (???) computer stuff.  No kidding.  They don't make great games like they used to in the 80s & 90s.  Now it's all shooting stuff.  I miss playing these games and even keep an older PC just so I can fire them up now and then.  I guess it's no different than keeping old vinyl records or tapes from your younger years.  The memories that come from engaging them are usually fond and sometimes wistful.

Ah well, the purge continues.  Check back for more. 

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Friday, August 28, 2015

50-year-old treasure

After giving away my mid-1970s Sears sewing machine this past garage sale, I was able to bring home my original 1966 Singer 626 zigzag from Mom's.

I'd given it to her when I got the 'new improved you-gotta-have-all-these-options'  machine.

I hated it.

I hated it especially since my EX had pushed me into replacing a perfectly good 10-year-old Singer.

'Nuff said.

My Singer is back.  It's not been used for over 35 years.

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So this week I opened it up and had a look.  Looked good.  Externally dirty, but inside clean. Mom still had the box of attachments and even a tube of lube.  And, after I'd found/downloaded an original manual, she told me she still had my original.  Bonus!  

So I cleaned the chasis really good and lubed the innards.  This is a precision machine!  And the owner has full access to the inside.  Heck, I can even RUN the machine when it's wide open (try THAT in this omigodyourgoingtohurtyourselfsowemakeitsoyoucannotevenopentheunit day and age)!  The manual even shows you how to access and lube/clean everything.  Guess manufacturers back then thought that the user/housewife had a BRAIN unlike now.

And the manual isn't just how to use the machine, buy how to do simple and more complicated seamstress jobs.  Some are a bit dated (how to tack a garter to a belt or girdle *heh*), but really it's all solid info.

Anyway, I took a few hours then and played with the few cam functions (zig zag, scallop, etc.  (8 in all including straight stitch).  Forgot this machine fills the bobbin in situ.  Cool.    

I love that I opted to get a knee controller for the cabinet (a lever under the cabinet that activates the foot controller in a rack).  I never liked the foot controller on the Sears, not sensitive enough.  

Anyway, first up - patching up the garden jeans.  The knees have been out for some time.  I cut up an old pair for denim, spray glued the patch to the jeans, let it 'cure', then reinforced the bond with a zigzag border.  

TADA!    Happy happy joy joy here.  Looking forward to doing a lot more sewing in the future. :-D

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