Monthly Archives: December 2014

Studio Shaming – December 20th

There were some images of perfect studio spaces floating around on Pinterest yesterday.  Neat open shelves and large empty tables photographed in soft natural light all made me think that not a thing was actually made there.  So here I give you my work space five days before Christmas.  I would call this a successful season!

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

Part of the process of creating is to have the fabric visible and accessible. For that we set up tables and lay everything out.

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

My mom discovered that mushroom boxes are the same size and shape as the stockings and perfect for containing and transport.

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

The cutting table is amazingly uncluttered for this time of year. One great addition has been the Pampered Chef spinning caddy my mother found at a garage sale for a dollar. I still bury the scissors under piles of fabric, but it helps.

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

Not looking forward to untangling the rolls of loop cord. We really need a better system.

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

Lot of colorful scraps to kick start the vegetable season!

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

Actually looking forward to reorganizing the cuffs.  We have many more to cut for next season.

Next week, time to clean and make it pristine again!

How to Thread My Machine

I continue to work off the assumption that no one reads this but it is a great place to keep a log of important information.  Boring, but important none the less.

We had a systemic sewing machine meltdown this fall. For a studio with over a dozen machines of various ages, not a single one was working properly. Ralph swooped in and fixed them all.  Within a week. Singer S Sewing Machine at Spongetta

I was considering a used industrial machine, but now have my Singer S back and running like the day it was made. It races around a stocking in as quickly as I can maneuver the fabric. My first love is back!

Singer S Sewing Machine at Spongetta

 

The needle is inserted with the flat side on the left and is threaded right to left.

Singer S Sewing Machine at Spongetta

I always get the bobbin upside down.  Rule #7 Always run a test strip when changing anything on the machine.

She sails right through everything, even six layers of upholstery.