A few weeks ago blog reader Dee Bratcher wrote:
“Thank you for all the articles, sharing of projects, etc, now I just need to find more time in a day to work on all the things I see – can you help with that? Seriously – quick tips, streamlining processes, shortcuts and things not to shortcut would be great to learn about. Looking forward to the next article!”
Although I can’t hand you more time to enjoy your hobby, here’s a few of my favorite time-saving habits.
1. Stock up on supplies. Nothing slows you down more than running out of the right materials for the project. Always have a variety of stabilizers and threads on hand. Take advantage of store sales and buy in bulk if necessary.
2. Pre-cut stabilizers to fit your most popular hoops. You’ll have a stack to go to whenever you’re ready to hoop.
3. Consider purchasing extra hoops in your favorite sizes. This way you can prepare the next hooping while the first one is stitching. My number one go-to hoop is the 5” x 7”. I have four of them and I still believe they were worth the investment.
4. Plan your project by using embroidery templates and targets. Make the placement of the embroidery on the item with the target stickers. When you’re interrupted during the embroidery process (and who isn’t?) you’ll know where you left off.
5. Keep all materials for the project in a zip-lock plastic bag or see-through container. This eliminates wasting time looking for misplaced items.
6. Use pre-wound bobbins or once your bobbin stash has dwindled to four, devote a 20 minutes to winding bobbins to build up your cache.
7. Line up your thread by the machine in the order you’ll be using them. If a certain thread has to be used twice, in a different position, designate the position with a penny or other small item.
8. Keep a note pad by your machine and use it to document the position of the design in the sewing field. If disaster strikes, you’ll be able to resume embroidering quickly.
9. Make use of post-it notes to remind yourself when to mirror image a design, rotate or duplicate it. I stick the note right to the machine so I know that I have to apply this feature when I stitch the next design.
10. When making changes to embroidery designs in editing software, click on Save As often and save your latest version under a new name. You’ll be able to review your work quickly and efficiently.
Do you have any time saving tips that you use to keep your project flowing smoothly? Share your tip by leaving a comment and you’ll be entered to win…30 Favorite Embroidery Tips and Techniques with Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche!
Last week we asked you about your iron! The winner of the $25.00 shopping spree at www.dzgns.com is…Bev Crabb!
“I am an auto shutoff girl. I am simply too forgetful. I have one of the older Panasonic cordless models that is great to take to retreats. There are times where taking the iron to the project rather than vice versa can be a real advantage.”