With the ending of my summer vacation approaching, I thought a few of you might be interested in how I travel and sew. It does involve packing and re-packing, but since it is what I love to spend my down time doing, it is worth the time and effort.
First, I pack according to my destination. If I am going to our beach place, I know that I already have a machine and basic tools there. When we purchased the Bernina 820, I took my old faithful machine–a Bernina 930 Record that I have had to 30+ years to the beach permanently. Before this change I had (and still have) an old Singer 15-91 that I bought for $36 at the Habitat for Humanity.
The most recent destination was northern Michigan. We were going to the lake to visit my father-in-law. He has a cottage on the lake with a detached 2 car garage.
He is also a big smoker. He started smoking cigarettes at age 12 or so and is now 81. So, when I visit I normally just bring quilts that I am piecing because I know they will be washed after they are quilted. Well, this visit my husband had a great idea, instead of using one of the front bedrooms for my sewing (I would have had to pack up when my daughter and her family arrived), He suggested I set up in the garage. So, I did and it was great! The only drawback was the view…no lake to look at…just a couple of vintage motorcycles and my golden retriever – Cody.
Here is the side I used for my temporary studio ; )
Lucky for me, dad had one long table and an old card table. Just perfect! I brought my Singer Featherweight with me, along with my tool box which contain the basic things I need. Here are some pictures.
I also bring my composition notebook where I keep all my notes on projects, my small pressing board, one of my smaller cutting mats and some basic tools. The only item I borrowed from dad was his iron ; ) He never uses it anyway.
This is my box of Singer attachments. I use them on the Featherweight and also for the 15-91 at the beach. I keep them all together so I am never without the attachment I need.
Well, that’s about it….the projects are all kept in clear plastic bins from Wal-Mart and I can keep sewing all summer…wherever I go…
How about you?
Thanks for visiting,
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