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Sunny Side Up Sunday

Sunday, 17 May 2020
Hello Dear Reader

Today I am grateful for the kindness and expertise of the lovely gentleman from Stumers Sewing Centre at Strathpine who fixed my sewing machine for me yesterday, in no time at all, and he didn't even charge me for it. What lovely service is that! The cutting mechanism was stuck on the wrong side and the bobbin case was also out of it's normal position, how did all that happened? I'll never know!

While there, I bought some good quality thread and machine needles, I have been using sub-standard sewing thread and needles ever since I've started sewing, I just wanted to use up all the old needles and thread that I inherited from both my Mum and MIL, but my, what a difference good quality makes! I did a bit of sewing yesterday and it was so smooth that I actually had to check that the machine was actually putting the stitches into the fabric. The brand of thread is Rasant and the needles are by Schmetz.

What are you grateful for today?

Have a lovely day,

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  1. Good quality thread and needles make all the difference, don't they?! Lovely that you got your machine fixed with such good and kind service. Happy sewing! MegXx

  2. Hi Fiona,

    I'm glad that your sewing machine was easily fixed and that you were able to get back to your sewing.

    I have been using Rasant threads since I started quilting nine years ago. The 1000m spools are great value and there is a great range of colours.

    My lovely friend who taught me patchwork and quilting, changes the needle on her sewing machine after each quilt she finishes. She is a prolific quilter and has made hundreds of stunning quilts.

    I wanted to leave a comment the other day about the bulk kalamata olives from Aldi but forgot.
    We buy them too but find them a bit bland and very salty. I transfer some into a glass jar and replace the brine with plain water. After a week I drain the water and add some extra virgin olive oil & red wine vinegar, a sliced clove of garlic, fennel seeds, a strip of lemon rind, 2 fresh bay leaves and sliced fresh chilli or dried chilli flakes. I shake the jar a few times a day and keep them in the fridge for a week to marinade.
    The olives are less salty and very moreish. My adult kids eat them like lollies.

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend.
    Cheers, Maria xx.

  3. I have always wanted to be able to sew but I really don't the knack for it. I was famously bad at textiles in high school and have never improved!

  4. I needed to put my sewing machine in for a service and then the CV was happening so it's still in the cupboard.

  5. So good that your sewing machine was fixed quickly. Last year I went to a sewing workshop about gaining confidence with your machine . I learnt so much about which needles to use for different tasks etc and the trainer impressed upon us that buying cheap thread etc was false economy. I'm still not great at sewing but I have a bit more confidence with the machine now. Happy sewing!

  6. My intention when this virus has passed and we are able to shop safely is to replace all my cheap rubbishy sewing threads with quality ones. I've never bothered in the past but you make it sound worthwhile.

  7. Wow, how good is that at a time like this when small businesses are feeling the pinch!!Hope you enjoy a lovely week Fiona, thank you I really appreciate your site. Regards Robyn S.A