I’ve known about this for awhile, and probably everyone else already does it, but I just tried finger pressing….and oh what a time saver! I’ve always been so careful to get up and press after each step and now I see it isn’t really always necessary. My thumbnail is doing an excellent job of pressing those seams to one side!
Quiltcast #15
Our quilting timesaving tips – learn what works for April and I, and maybe pick up a new trick!
Accuquilt Go! Cutter – I especially love this for halfsquare triangles, diamonds, and other precision cuts.
Chain piecing
Making a test block
Cutting a whole project, working in stages for each project
precuts – anyone else collecting charm packs?
Learning when not to pin, to save time
April’s Halfsquare triangle hack & new patterns are here.
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With power usage, the main thing to bear in mind is that a typical household circuit will let you draw 2030 amps before it pops. Since most appliances only give wattage, and calculating amperage in your head can be a nuisance (I know the formula, but that doesn’t mean I want to whip out a pencil and paper every time I want to plug something in!) what I do is take the wattage (say 1500 for an iron) and divide it by 100 to get a very rough, onthehighside estimate of 15 amps. It’s really 12.5 amps, but 15 is close enough – guessing high is always better. So if I’m using an estimated 15 amps and I know the circuit in my sewing room is a 20amp circuit, then I know I can run some lowdrain stuff in addition to the iron, but running the window AC unit at the same time would be asking for trouble. (Newer houses are more likely to have 30amp circuits — if your breaker box is labeled with what area each one controls, you can tell how many amps the circuit is.)

PS: This method is based on US voltage and normal smallish appliances. The formula is amps = watts divided by volts. In the US household current is 120 volts, so dividing watts by 100 will give you a safe estimate. In other countries voltage can be different, so that shortcut might not work. And even in the US, there are appliances that use 240 volts (like electric dryers and stoves but those should already be on a dedicated circuit) but you can the divideby100 calculation pretty much on any appliance that you could reasonably pick up and carry.


I am pretty methodical in my sewing and thrive on the stage system. I’ts probably my biggest time saver. Enjoying listening; sad I got to the end today. =)
I’ve known about this for awhile, and probably everyone else already does it, but I just tried finger pressing….and oh what a time saver! I’ve always been so careful to get up and press after each step and now I see it isn’t really always necessary. My thumbnail is doing an excellent job of pressing those seams to one side!
With power usage, the main thing to bear in mind is that a typical household circuit will let you draw 2030 amps before it pops. Since most appliances only give wattage, and calculating amperage in your head can be a nuisance (I know the formula, but that doesn’t mean I want to whip out a pencil and paper every time I want to plug something in!) what I do is take the wattage (say 1500 for an iron) and divide it by 100 to get a very rough, onthehighside estimate of 15 amps. It’s really 12.5 amps, but 15 is close enough – guessing high is always better. So if I’m using an estimated 15 amps and I know the circuit in my sewing room is a 20amp circuit, then I know I can run some lowdrain stuff in addition to the iron, but running the window AC unit at the same time would be asking for trouble. (Newer houses are more likely to have 30amp circuits — if your breaker box is labeled with what area each one controls, you can tell how many amps the circuit is.)
PS: This method is based on US voltage and normal smallish appliances. The formula is amps = watts divided by volts. In the US household current is 120 volts, so dividing watts by 100 will give you a safe estimate. In other countries voltage can be different, so that shortcut might not work. And even in the US, there are appliances that use 240 volts (like electric dryers and stoves but those should already be on a dedicated circuit) but you can the divideby100 calculation pretty much on any appliance that you could reasonably pick up and carry.
I am pretty methodical in my sewing and thrive on the stage system. I’ts probably my biggest time saver. Enjoying listening; sad I got to the end today. =)