Your Sanity? Clean House? Happy Kids?

~ Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 5:08 AM ~

Saw someone posting this and decided to share it here:

Your Sanity Clean House Happy Kids

If you have to choose 2 out of the 3 items listed in the picture above, what would it be?

Your Sanity?

Clean House?

Happy Kids?

Happy kids, definitely! Happy kids is a must. To see the happy faces on your kiddos, their cheerful laughters and playful moments between each other, enjoying their childhood and building memories to be cherished later on when they grow up. Who wouldn't want that for their kiddos?

Sanity? As a stay-at-home-mum (SAHM), I'm already 24/7/365 stuck at home and surrounded by little children, so of course I need to find ways to preserve my sanity and keeping them intact. Blogging and staying active on my FB page is a way to keep my sanity and connected to the outside world.

A clean house? Oh well... I find that if I have to choose between my sanity and a clean house, then I gotta sacrifice a clean house. Of course by sacrifice I don't mean that I don't even care about our house, more like I find ways to balance it and yet not making the house too sloppy hahaha...

What I make do is to vacuum the rooms every alternate days, sweeping floors whenever mess detected, mopping the floors every alternate days too, clothes pile up to be chuck into the washing machine every 1-2 days, ironing hubby's working clothes would be every 2-3 weeks once since I will wait until there is about 2 weeks worth of working clothes to be ironed. Cooking wise, breakfast usually bread and cheese or buns with yogurt or milk, lunch depends, sometimes I ordered takeaway food, sometimes I fry rice or noodles or cook oats for kiddos, as for dinner it is a must every weekday. My kitchen is close on weekend though, that's when we eat outside or hubby cooked something (like spaghetti, sandwich, etc). Grocery shopping is done every fortnight where I normally lug our 2 girls or all 3 kiddos, depends on what time I do the grocery shopping. Does this make me a sloppy mum? Hmmm...

What about you? If you have to choose 2 out of these 3 things, what would it be?

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Sewing Project - Hand Towel

~ Posted on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 6:56 AM ~

I bought my first ever sewing macchine in April 2015, the Global Sewing Machine GSM-505. The first thing I tried to do using the sewing machine was to repair my hubby's torn pants and jeans, followed by my diaper bag and our toddler's rompers.

A few months earlier, I bought some bath towels and face towels in preparation to DIY something for our kiddos. I made the 1st one by hand and then I put the project on hold as I realised it would be so much better if done using a sewing machine and then I realised, I needed to learn some sewing skills!

So anyway, more on that project later. For this post, I'm just sharing my 1st mini sewing project, which is hand towels!

Sewing Project - Hand Towel

I have some remaining cloths from the face towel and decided to stitch up one end of it with color-coordinated ribbons as a hanger/hook. A very simple sewing project that gets me motivated to move on to tougher projects. From this mini project, I get to works out the kinks in my new sewing machine, how to thread faster, tried out different types of stitches, build up my sewing confidence and overcome my fear of using the sewing machine and more.

Sewing Project - Hand Towel

To end my post, I am very happy with my first mini project and hope to do more sewing stuff when time permits!


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Global Sewing Machine GSM-505

~ Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:31 AM ~

** Disclaimer:

 

Do note that I received no monetary compensation for this review of mine, in fact, I bought this sewing machine with my own money after checking through other peoples' reviews and feedback online. Take note that all opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

Please also remember that I am NOT representative of Lazada Malaysia or Global brand, so if you have any issues or questions with your sewing machine, please contact the respective companies directly instead of asking me to help you fix your issues.

 

Introducing my new baby!

The Global Sewing Machine GSM-505! Waited for over a month for the price to drop before I bought it from Lazada hahahah... The sewing machine was delivered the following day which is pretty cool! I'm still hiding this from my MIL as she already nagged that I'm wasting my money going for sewing classes when I can ask her to teach me instead (I did but it was really tough and difficult to understand when she is using her traditional Singer sewing machine so I'd rather spend a bit for something that is user-friendly, portable and easy to use)

Let's go through the specifications of my new baby now:

It came nicely wrapped in a box. The first thing you see when you opened up the box is the user manual and the warranty leaflet (you can fill up and post it back but I choose to do online warranty registration which is way easier for lazy people like me hahahha... also want to save on stamps)

Global Sewing Machine GSM-505

What you see when you took out one side of the styrofoam covering the sewing machine is this. It lays on its side, you can see the power adapter, foot pedal and a small pouch of thread spools, bobbins, needle threader and needle (size #14).

The sewing machine came all ready to be use! The thread are nicely in place, there's a small patch of cloth which has been tested on prior to delivery to customer (you can see the different stitches on the cloth). All you need to do is plug in the power adapter and the foot pedal (if you want) and sew straight away!

Global Sewing Machine GSM-505

There are 8 types of different styles of stitching you can choose - so far, I go for number 3 and 6. These 2 stitches are close and looks tight and secure to me hahahaha... One feature that I like about this sewing machine is the reverse sewing tab. You just need to press the tab down to trigger the reverse sewing or just release the tab and leave it as it is for forward sewing pattern. Under this tab, you can see a lever indicating [L   OFF   H] which is actually the sewing speed (without using foot pedal) By default it is set to OFF and you use the foot pedal to sew. If you push the lever to left for LOW speed or to right for HIGH speed, then you can sew on without stepping on your foot pedal.

Global Sewing Machine GSM-505

There is also numbering instructions guiding you how to thread the sewing machine. I'm still lost from step 1 until step 3 but I think with practise, I can handle it easily. You can also adjust the upper thread tension level by pushing the button located next to the take up lever. Another cool feature I like on the sewing machine is the built-in LED light button located at the side. You can sew at night with a light press on the button! Hehehehehe!

Right near the LED button, there is a small gap for thread cutting which I don't use as I find it a bit wasting my thread to pull out that long in order to reach the cutter. What I do is just pull the thread to about an inch long then I use my scissors to cut off the thread. If you use the cutter, you will need to pull the thread to about 2-3 inches long in order to reach the cutter.

Next, this is how it looks like from behind. Not in picture is the bobbin winder pin and bobbin winder stop which you can use to wind the bobbin. At the bottom right side, you can see the DC 6V power adapter outlet and the foot pedal outlet. I make it a habit to unplug the power adapter when I am not sewing or need to pause to do other tasks. Very paranoid of kiddos being curious and touching my sewing machine when I am not using it.

Global Sewing Machine GSM-505

There is also a hidden drawer at the right side of the sewing machine, a bit small but sufficient enough to put in small items like needles, bobbins and needle threader. There is a handle on top of the sewing machine which you can use to carry it around, very portable and easy! The sewing machine is about 4.5kg, not that heavy for me.

So far, I've been using the sewing machine to repair the torn clothings (hubby's short pants and jeans), my casual grocery bag and Carolyn's rompers. Also did some personal mini project for kiddos - hooded bath towels for them and the remnants of the towels I sewn into hand towel which I hung around the door knobs in our bathroom. Will share pictures and posts later. Btw, this sewing machine is RM159 (about USD44) after sales promo and discount voucher from Lazada.

To end my post, I am very happy with my purchase and hope to do more sewing stuff when time permits!


 

I'm a full-time mummy

Do note that I received no monetary compensation for this review of mine, in fact, I bought this sewing machine with my own money after checking through reviews and feedback online. Take note that all opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. Please also remember that I am not representative of Lazada Malaysia or Global brand, so if you have any issues with your sewing machine, please contact the respective companies directly instead of asking me to help you fix your issues. 


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