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Murphy’s Law in the Fiber Arts

If anything can go wrong, it will   –  Murphy’s Law

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Any mistake in threading will occur in the middle of the warp-this is always true on really wide warps!
If you have a limited supply of a discontinued yarn, you will not have enough for the project you want to do.

cal-0814-cl3-textile-20If you have been really careful with your measurements, math, etc. you will find that you have erred and you are at least 4 inches short of what you need for the
A mistake in the treadling of a fabric will not be noticed until you have woven at least 3 more inches


Murphy’s sewing laws


Fusible interfacings always fuse to the iron.
If you need 6 buttons, you will find 5 in your button box.
The seam you meant to rip out is invariably the other one.
cal-0814-cl3-textile-10When you are in a hurry, the needle eye is always too small.
The fabric you forgot to pre-shrink will always shrink the most.
The pattern you wanted to make again will have one key piece missing.
If you drop something out of your sewing basket, it will be your box of pins with the cover off.
     Corollary: You will spill your pin box once per garment.
Whenever the construction process is going well, the bobbin thread runs out.
The magnitude of the goof is in direct proportion to the cost of the fabric.
Your lost needle will be found by your son, husband or brother-in-law, while walking around barefoot.
     Corollary: If you sew with bare feet, your scissors will drop on your foot.
Facings tend to be sewn to the wrong side. (Opposite sides attract)
Collar points don’t match, and you’ve trimmed all the seams.
The iron never scorches the garment until its final pressing.
The steam iron only burps rusty water on light silk fabric.
The sewing machine light usually burns out on Sunday.
Pinking shears get dull just by looking at them.
Gathering threads always break in the middle.
The scissors cut easiest past the buttonhole.
Matching edges don’t.
As ye sew, so shall ye rip.

You might want to print this article and post it in prominent place.  The Fabric Gods aren’t just punishing you.  This stuff  happens to all of us!


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