This month, I’m focusing on the all important good habit of putting pins where they belong.
Or not putting pins where they don’t belong, i.e. my mouth.
I’ve had this bad habit for years, but it was only when I read some of the links and comments on last month’s habit that I realized how horrible the pins-in-mouth habit is. Tales of pins becoming lodged in the lungs? Damaging vocal chords? NO THANKS.
This is a tricky one because I often do it without thinking. Here are some methods I’m going to try to break this dangerous habit:
- Use my machine tray. My Bernina has a handy little tray just for pins. Mostly I use it, but occasionally I absentmindedly pop pins in my mouth instead. Total motor memory, not something I think about and there is no reason for it. I’m going to fix this.
- Keep pin receptacles handy. This includes pin cushions, though I’m more partial to small dishes, for some reason. I’ll keep one near every “station”: the cutting table, the sewing table, the ironing board, near the dress form, etc. I guess a wrist pin cushion would work too, but I never liked wearing them.
- Get reinforcement. I’m going to tell the people around me to call me out if they see pins in my mouth. I think this is important since I do it unconsciously.
I’m sure you guys must have some great tips for managing pins. Tell me!
Are you with me on learning this habit this month? Or do you have another habit you’re going to concentrate on for September?