Sunday, July 15, 2012

TWO AND A HALF HOUR OPERATION

Instruments of choice

Thread gobbling wheels (over 4 years worth)

One wheel down
Two and a half hours later - thread extracted from five wheels

One happy chair, one happy quilter.
Have you shown your chair some love today?

39 comments:

JustCindy said...

Oh my!I'm showing this post to my husband since he has to take our Dyson apart from time to time to dig the threads out.

NancyB85374 said...

Gee I never thought of looking at my chair wheels. What a mess. But if it took you two hours, maybe I will mention it to my DH; he is always looking for a project.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Your wheels are doing the happy dance now, huh?

Anonymous said...

Barb... you needed the Mission Impossible theme playing in the background! Success!

Gene Black said...

Hmmm... i have a few wheels to look out.

Fiesta said...

No, but I sure will today! I never even considered it. Thanks barb.

Jean(ie) said...

Oh I completely understand this! Been there. LOL! I also have to show my vacuum cleaner that same kind of love.

beebee said...

Barb
I tackled this with the wheels on the chair in my sewing room last week. It took me about 2 hours too. I thought I was the only one with this problem and I am trying to figure out how to keep it from happening again....I have started being careful not to drop thread on the floor so much and it seems to be helping. But, when I am in the middle of something and focused on the project, I will probably have thread all over again and have to spend a little more time de-threading my wheels again. I was surprised to see your post about this since I just did the same thing. LOL...we must think alike!

Colleen said...

Ive done this many times with my vacuum. Ill have to check my chair.

Jean said...

Oh, no, my wheels would never look like this,Barb! now you will have to be careful that you don't roll away while sewing!

Nima Titus said...

i did this same operation for my chair wheel few months back...never thought it was so difficult to remove the mess till i decided to clean it..great job Barb

paulette said...

Yup, I'm wheeling free!! We could have a race...:o)
P

Pokey said...

Ha! Wonder how big that ball of string would be if we put ours together? I hope you were watching something on tv to while away those hours, lol
:-}pokey

LynCC said...

Heeee!! I really need to do this with our rolling chairs. I know they're just as bad.

Quilt n Queen said...

You are too funny Barb...you will be flying around your sewing room... looks like the wheels on a brand new chair! Have a Happy Day!!

West Michigan Quilter said...

LOL That has happened to me too. If I'd only remember to put my stray threads where they belong instead of the floor where i roll over them, I might not have such a problem. What a hoot. Glad it's not just me!

Terry said...

Oh my...that looks like it was quite a mess! Good for you getting it all taken care of! :0)

wackywoman said...

OMGosh, you need a thread catcher.

Kim West said...

I try to show my wheels love every month or two...

Frog Quilter said...

No, but I show my vacuum cleaner love on a regular basis.... How about you?

queenopearls said...

Soooo are you sandwiching these finds between two pieces of tulle and stitching them into something fancy pants? :)
Seriously, I used to have loooong hair and it used to mess my chair wheels up something fierce. Go you for tackling such a job!
~Christina in Cleveland

Snoodles said...

Ahhhhh.....that's the sound I hear your wheels making! LOL

Joyful Quilter said...

LOL I've never thought about thread caught in my chair..my computer mouse, the vacuum cleaner, around the cat's neck, printer rollers...lots of other places but not the chair...still laughing.

Heather said...

Oh dear, I may just have to head down the the sewing room to check out my wheels. I have never done this and the chair is 15 years old. Who knows what I might find!!

GerryART said...

Wowzers, Barb ! ! !
Major Thread Picking. Guess I'd better get in there and take a CLOSE look.
I have been at my machine this past week sewing box bags for my knitting projects. But mostly to use up some of my oldest Fabric Stash of FQ's.

Am going to modify a couple of chisel block strips for our Quilt Guild PotHolder Swap next Month.

hugs

Susan said...

Now that's something I never thought about! I'm almost afraid to look...

Teresa F. said...

You've done a great job. Fortunately my chair doesn't have any wheels so it's easier to clean the feet.

Danielle Hudson said...

Been there done that! haha! on some chairs you can pop one side of the wheel off, and then slide the other side of the wheel off. All the gunk comes off in 2 pieces. But it is at the risk of breaking your wheel. only one side will come off. I pried mine with a flat head screwdriver.

Terri in BC said...

Methinks I should go check my chair!

Karen Bates said...

Too funny..I would never have guessed!

Needled Mom said...

I just did that about a week ago. What a nightmare of a job!!!!! Wouldn't you think they would make the wheels come apart for cleaning????

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

I did this very same thing last week. I found a pin in one wheel. No wonder my matt is all torn up!

Barb said...

wow - i've never thought to look! Now I'll have to.

Debi said...

I have never thought of doing this...now once I get home I will have to reveiw my wheels, I bet they are going to be messed up!

Janice said...

I have this problem with my vacuum cleaner. I have to do this periodically. My sewing chair is not on wheels or it would also need this procedure.

Rhonda said...

Barb, I am laughing at myself because when I saw your scissors I was all ready for another sewing project only to realize what you were really up to. Great and funny post!!!!

Ivory Spring said...

Great post, Barb! And what a reminder - I just have a regular old Windsor-type chair, but I think its feet does need a bit of cleaning. :)

Thanks for popping by my blog.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Wow, what an operation! My chair doesn't have wheels so I only need to wipe off the bottom of the legs periodically. I have had to clean long hair from chair wheels before. Never fun.

Prairie Stitcher said...

My chairs get the thread-ectomy every once in a while. Isn't it amazing what they collect? I love the table topper in the newest post above. Wish I had the pattern. When you have time, please stop by and visit and follow me, too. Thanks for letting me visit.