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27th January 2012

Sewing Machines

My last post got me to thinking about sewing machines. I have personally ever owned 2 sewing machines in my entire life. The first one is a Singer (I still have it) that I received from my parents as a gift when I graduated from high school. It’s a great machine and I have to admit, I used that one machine for over 25 years before getting my current machine which is a Husqvarna Viking, which not only sews, but also does embroidery.

When I first got the Viking, I did a lot of embroidery and really truly enjoyed it. The problem with it developed when we moved from Illinois to Texas 5 years ago and my embroidery design software has been lost ever since. So, I can currently only embroider items that I have a design for. My computer totally crashed about a year ago so the software that was saved on it was deleted in the crash and I have no access to any of it unless by some stroke of luck, I find the cd-rom. After 5 years of looking, I’d say the probability of that is pretty low.

It would be difficult for me to say which is the >best sewing machine, there are feature of both that I really like. As I stated in my previous post, my Viking does not let me know when the bobbin has run out of thread and that is super annoying. My Singer not only told me the bobbin was empty, but also would wind the bobbin thread while the bobbin was till in the bobbin case, I never had to take it out! I REALLY liked that. My Viking has a lot more decorative stitches which I use a lot when I’m creating purses, but as far as basic sewing, they both do a great job.

Believe it or not, I have my eye on another machine which is also a Viking. It’s designed more for quilting and has a larger (longer) bed to allow for more fabric to be on the right side of the sewing needle. I also really like it because it has a scissor cutting feature that automatically cuts the threads for you when you stop sewing. It has several other features on it that come in handy when sewing larger projects like quilt tops, but, it comes at a hefty price, the reason it’s still on my wish list. Someday, I will have it, but not right now.

If the manufacturers would do something about the bobbin feature, I’d be a heck of a lot happier!

What’s your favorite machine?

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24th January 2012

Pet Peeve

I really enjoy sewing and have a very nice sewing machine. I do have a pet peeve with my machine though and that’s the fact that it doesn’t bother to let me know when my bobbin thread has run out of thread.

I know you wouldn’t think that’s a big deal, but today, while sewing on a 67 inch long border to a quilt top, unbeknownst to me, my bobbin ran out of thread. So, after putting 67 inches of fabric through my machine, only 3 inches were actually sewn together which meant, I basically had to do it all over again. Of course, I had to load the bobbin with thread first!

Ok, done with this vent and by the way, my quilt top is finished! I will post a picture tomorrow (hopefully!).

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23rd January 2012

Frustrations with Medical Insurance

Right now, to say I am frustrated would be putting it mildly.

My daughter has been complaining of a painful shoulder for months. Over the holidays it got so bad she asked me to take her to a doctor which, of course, I did. The doctor ordered an MRI and scheduled it the very next day. Of course, when I got home and visited our medical insurance website, I discovered the MRI facility she was to go to was not covered by our insurance.

So, it took me several days of calling back to the doctor’s office, the insurance, etc, to get her scheduled at an insurance approved facility. Done… or so I thought.

The diagnosis that came from the MRI results was bursitis. This is not overly serious but definitely can cause pain, and, because softball season is once again upon us, it’s important that we try to get her pain free. The family doctor then referred her to an orthopedic specialist which, thankfully, because he IS in our network, my daughter saw this morning.

He confirmed the bursitis diagnosis and is putting her on a daily anti-inflammatory and wants her to start physical therapy. The physical therapist is in the same office, so you’d think we’d be ok with the insurance, right? ummmm NO!

The physical therapist office that she is scheduled at in 2 days, does not appear on our approved provider list for our insurance. What a TOTAL PAIN IN THE ASS!

I have decided to set this aside until tomorrow, giving the Therapy office time to contact our insurance which they said they would do. If I don’t hear from them first, I will call them tomorrow to find out if I need to make alternate arrangements.

Oh, by the way, even though I got the MRI done by an “in network” facility, I still had to pay $500 of the cost plus a copay. I’ve all ready paid $25 copays twice to the family doctor and this morning paid another $50 copay to the orthopedic doctor. So, I’ve all ready paid over $600 and still haven’t started her on a treatment!

In case you’re wondering, all these copays and co-insurance amounts are double what I would have paid last year, thanks to Obama care.

I feel better since I have now vented, wish my wallet wasn’t so empty!

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15th January 2012

Creating Rails

Just so you don’t think I’ve been off doing nothing, I thought I’d share a couple of photos of some of my progress on a quilt I started on. Granted, if I hadn’t sat and watched football games most of today, I would have had the borders cut and sewing on so the quilt top would be finished, but I can’t lie, I sat and watched football instead! Anyway, tomorrow is another day, so will definitely get going on those borders!

The first photo is the blocks, made from 3 different fabrics, using 3 1/2 inch strips. Pieced together with 1/4 inch seams, the end result will be strip 3 inches wide.

Blocks

The second photo is 6 strip sets of 6 blocks each. These are laying on the floor so I can make sure I’ve sewn them all the correct direction before I sew the strip sets together.

Top

And finally, the quilt top all pieced together, sans borders.

Top withot borders

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13th January 2012

Walgreens and Express Scripts Part Ways

This post brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

Walgreens and Express Script have been unsuccessful in their year long negotiations.  Walgreens seems to have made every attempt to keep costs flat and Express Scripts members happy, but to no avail.  The two companies have parted ways.

What does this mean?  Well, anyone who is a member of Express Scrips, as of Jan. 1 must go out and find a new pharmacy to handle their prescriptions, probably at a higher cost and at possibly less convenient locations.  Walgreens are located on almost every corner in America and no matter where you are, you can walk into any Walgreens and get either a new prescription or even get an existing prescription refilled.  Out of town on business?  No problem, Walgreens will take care of you.

Because Walgreens is concerned about people who have their pharmacy coverage through Express Scripts, they are offering a very special discount on the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club.  $10 a year will get a family membership which covers spouses, children 22 and younger and even pets.  Individual memberships are being offered at only $5/year.

Benefits include savings on prescription drugs, both brand-name and generic, discounts on flu shots, diabetic supplies, nebulizers and yes, even pet prescriptions.  Plus, receive bonuses whenever you purchase Walgreens brand products and photofinishing services.

I think it’s a real shame that Express Scripts couldn’t come to some sort of agreement and it’s at the expense of its members.  Show your support by “Liking” Walgreens on Facebook and follow Walgreens on Twitter.

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