24/01/2011

Don't ya just love a bodge

I was making a few things this evening with my sewing machine when the bulb fell out and dropped on the floor. After managing to drag it out from under the table I discovered that the filament was broken. Luckily I had a spare bulb so went to put it in my machine.
Normally quite a simple procedure, oh no, not simple at all. My machine is  Pfaff select 4 and you can't remove the end where the bulb sits as it is constructed from one piece. You are meant to squash your fingers into a weird position and force it into a tiny hole and then turn it once your fingers are being cut into with the sharp edge of the casing.
It says in the manual 'simply' blah blah blah, or buy the bulb inserting tool. What I want to know is if you need one of these to put in a darn bulb why not bloody give you one with the machine!
So I went to look for one on the web and couldn't find one.
My other half started to have a look around to see if he could come up with anything suitable to make one with. The complete star came up with my new bulb inserting tool which now lives in my sewing machine tool box.
It is a lid from a rescue remedy bottle (quite fitting really!) and a latex glove screwed up inside. Works like a dream. Sorted! 

21/01/2011

Etsy Forums

Have you heard all the buzz about the etsy forums? Tweets, facebook posts and forum posts abound!