Thursday, April 18, 2013

Proper Lighting

Today was spent mostly in the dark.  Severe Thunderstorms with lightning, thunder and high winds played havoc on our electricity.  Trying to sew was a bit challenging with no lights on but I took my hand work and moved closer to the windows and did OK.  I did notice my eyes tiring faster than they normally do and realizing how important good lighting is when I work.  Natural light is always best and using light bulbs that mimic natural light are preferred.

Having no electricity gave me time to organize patterns, change my sewing machine needle, replace my rotary blade and catch up on a few magazines I haven't had the time to look through.  I even had time to call a friend and chat.  It was good to catch up and keep connected.  Feel free to call anytime, I would love to hear from you.

Sewing machine needle tip:
     Universal needles are ok for machine piecing but for a better result use a Microtex needle.  The point of a universal needle pushes the threads apart as it penetrates the fabric.  A Microtex needle pierces the fabric which doesn't leave a hole.  I tend to use 80/12 Microtex needles when I piece.

No longer in the dark,


  1. Thanks for the needle tip, Dee! Being a new quilter, all the little details like that are so helpful.

    Hope the lights are back on and the sun is shining!

  2. You are welcome! Lights on but no sunshine quite yet. More tips to come.