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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1143: Maintenance

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 294 days ago 646 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1142: A 'Late' Start Part 1143 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 1144: Finishing Up Drawing my New Designs »

With autumn upon us and winter quickly approaching, like it or not there are things we need to do to get ready for the upcoming season. I find this time of year a good time to get everything checked and make sure all is well before the long cold winter.

Since I am planning to drive to Chicago in a couple of weeks, I took my car in for some routine maintenance. The ‘ole girl is nearly ten now, and like all of us who age, some things need to be replaced and others just kind of re-vamped. I am a firm believer in maintenance, and I think it is important to anyone who wants to keep something for a length of time. It does bother me that so many people just seem to let things go, toss them out and replace them with new things. I suppose I am of the generation that wasn’t raised on that premise. When things broke or were wearing out, we repaired them and gave them new life, and avoided getting new things when possible.

I like that most of what I have is that way. I am not saying that I don’t like getting new things from time to time, but I also take pride in keeping my stuff in good repair and keeping it working. I often get complements on my car because people can’t believe that it is nearly ten. I hope to hang on to it for another twenty years at least!

I had a doctors check up this week, and today I am heading for the eye doctor. I find that my glasses/contacts need adjusting, as I don’t see the computer screen with the clarity that I should be seeing it. In recent weeks, I have made a couple of mistakes on orders when emailing patterns, and I am certain that it isn’t from carelessness on my part, but rather than an inability to see.

While I rectify the errors quickly and without much fuss, I have been finding it uncomfortable and rather straining to read the screen. I know I can enlarge the font of most of the windows that I am reading, but it is a sure sign that perhaps I need another prescription for my eyes. That is the sensible thing to do. So I made the appointment for today and we will see what they think.

With that said, I have been making progress with my drawings. I hope to get things to the point today where I am almost ready for cutting. My actual goal is to finish all the drawing by tomorrow, and then do some cutting on the weekend. I would be happy with that.

I did want to thank you all for making September our best month yet on our site! (Prior to that, August was our “best month ever.” This is getting to be a trend, I hope!) Both Keith and I really appreciate your support and friendship. It really makes us feel good to know how many people are enjoying our designs. We are growing more than we could have ever hoped for and we know we have all of you to thank for it. There isn’t a minute when we don’t appreciate each and every one of you. We always try to do our best .

So it is off to the eye doc for me this morning. Hopefully things will go smoothly and things will be adjusted properly and I will be on my way. The car is still having some work done, and I should get it back in a day or so and she’ll be as good as new. When winter comes, we will both be ready.

Have a great Thursday!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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Handtooler

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#1 posted 294 days ago

Hear, hear! Great remainder. I certainly agree with repairing worn or used items and keeping them in good to excellent repair as well as the body. Thanks for your daily journal.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Bluepine38

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#2 posted 294 days ago

The leaves are starting to change here also and there is snow on all the high peaks around us, one advantage
of living in a valley is the mountain scenery. Hope the new optics are not too expensive.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 294 days ago

Hi, Russell and Gus! Yes, keeping the old things working (including ourselves) is something that takes a bit more time as things age. But I feel it is well worth the effort.

Thanks for stopping by. I wish you both a good day!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Celticscroller

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#4 posted 294 days ago

Good morning Sheila. I agree, we live in such a disposable world that we forget the value of the older things. I took my serger in for service this week and the sales lady was trying to convince me that a new one would be better – mine is over 20years young. It still works like a charm, just needs some servicing so why would I buy a new one!
Enjoy the day. A beautifully sunny Fall day on the westcoast.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 294 days ago

Hi, Anna! We have an old fan that we brought up because our “newer” fan was making noise like the bearings were shot (it is only 2 years old). I was astounded at how HEAVY the older fan was! It just shows us how cheap and disposable they make things now. The same with the DeWalt saws. Do you know that the older ones with the “Type 1” motor are 13 lbs heavier than the newer “Type 2” DeWalt saws?? Then people wonder why the new ones don’t last as long.

I find it better to keep the older things working as long as possible. It may be a small thing, be if we each made a little difference it would make big difference overall.

Have a great afternoon. We have another beautifully sunny and cool day here! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Bluepine38

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#6 posted 293 days ago

Celticscroller, know what you mean both my Singer Slantomatic and my Pfaff 332 are still going strong, and I
service and maintain them myself.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 293 days ago

I have had both my Singer sewing machines for over 20 years – the regular one and the serger. Made well and have many, many hundreds if not thousands of hours on them! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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