Saturday, March 21, 2009

Back on Track!

Well, I'm not quite sure what it was that brought the old guy home, but Mr. Mojo has returned! I really think I had what Melissa called "Analysis Paralysis" and felt so overwhelmed I didn't even know where to begin. I handed the deposit back to the 2nd Prom Dress girl, cleaned off my sewing workspace (I found a table underneath!), and turned off the TV (which is really hard for me to do on Thursday!). I could see the light at the end of the tunnel when the caps and valances were done, and now with about 20 shirts left, I'm about 7 hours away from "Home Free" (aka Sewing Fun Stuff for Me!).

I was thinking about how much (embroidery work) I'm able to turn over, and thought I'd share with all of you how I manage to make that happen. First and foremost, I have an amazing machine, the Brother PR-600II. It's a six-thread workhorse, and with 2 sets of hoops, I can really have something stitching out constantly.
I have an assembly line of sorts when I embroider. I pre-cut all my stabilizers, exactly how many I need (as the pile shrinks, I know I'm heading in the right direction!), and keep the right tools nearby. While one hoop is occupied in the machine, the other is ready and waiting, and "on-deck" is the neck item marked and ready for the next available hoop. This reduced the time lost between garments, so I can make the most of the stitching time doing other things. Like sewing another item nearby...
Usually it's all the other household duties that have to get done while the embroidery machine is running. The old baby monitor (cordless!) lets me run the house, and still know exactly what the machine is doing. I just clip it on my back pocket, and when I hear the machine stop and beep, I know that it either needs a new bobbin or the thread broke, so I run downstairs, take care of business, and get it going again. If it just stops, I know that item is finished, and it's time to switch hoops and get the next one ready. Today, I was able to do 2 loads of laundry, take a shower, get dressed, and pack lunches while it was turning out these great golf shirts.

So, if you were wondering how I get so much stuff done (when Mr. Mojo's around), this is how!
(I've never loaded video before, so we'll see how this trial run goes...)
video

7 comments:

Dawn said...

How cool is your workspace?!! I love your embroidery machine. Your video worked just fine for me. I'm glad you aren't doing two dresses! How insane.

Sewfast said...

Glad your mojo is back! I have the BMP6 (Babylock's version) and I adore it!. I really should get an extra set of hoops...at least the 4X4 and 5X7, because that does save time with big orders.

Bunny said...

Glad you got your game back! That machine is incredible. You may even present the argument that justifies getting one for myself! what fun!

gwensews said...

That's an awesome machine. Exactly what one needs for commercial embroidery. I know people who try to do piecework with a home embroidery machine. They do not stand up to constant embroidery, and it voids the warranty on the machine if they are over-used.

Video worked just fine. Happy mojo!

Julia said...

Glad you have your mojo back. Your work space is incredible!! Some time it just takes stepping back, clearing out, prioritizing,and starting over before moving on. At least for me that's how it is.

Marsha said...

I've been considering that Brother embroidery machine. Tell me....do you love it? Does it come with PC software so you can digitize your own designs? Love your blog, BTW. I feel the same way quite often---I get too many irons in the fire and don't even know where to start, so I don't do anything. Glad you're back!

Michelle L. said...

OMGoodnes, I am so envious of your setup there! If you saw how I sew you would laugh and laugh! I think my iron may be the only thing in the room younger than me. Even the ironing board I swiped from my grandmother!