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Thread #165433   Message #4045833
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
13-Apr-20 - 12:07 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
I have a couple of parcels next to the front door and a box in the SUV that arrived or were picked up recently - they're just sitting. And when I finally open them they'll get a wipe-down with a household cleaner. When I again check my post office mailbox (sometime this week) it'll sit on the workbench in the garage to air out for a few days. As I read about disinfecting protocols it seems that household cleaners are considered pretty good for the job; last year I bought a large bottle of Formula 409 to refill my spray bottle, which is used for a lot of this work.

I examined my old White rotary sewing machine this weekend; the side-loading bobbin case isn't attaching properly in the bobbin shuttle, so I'll have to take it apart at some point and see what's up. And one of the vintage machines I picked up to sell on eBay, turns out it's missing the bobbin case altogether. eBay is still up and running and after a little research it looks like these front-loading bobbins are pretty standardized. I've ordered one to see what happens. So all of my mask sewing is on my regular sewing machine and I'm making the bias tape a bit wider to make it easier to work with now that I've worked out the pattern and process for the masks I'm making for friends and family. (Three layers, with a gap left on the inside layer on one side in case the user wants to slide in a folded coffee filter for extra protection.)

The oldest sewing machine has the bias tape attachment, and if the newer White machine had a bobbin right now in theory the old attachment will fit on the new machine. I think the new bobbin will arrive mid-week and that's one package I won't let sit awhile before opening.

Spring cleaning today, meaning vacuuming, dusting, rearranging and where there is too much stuff, storing donations until they can again be dropped off. Quilt and delicate bedding are in the washer on the gentlest cycle available.