Even though I am now teaching sewing classes on a regular basis, I am hereby admitting that sewing (and teaching sewing) has become my hobby.
Ten signs that something is a hobby not a business.
1. You spend more than you make.
2. When you get Chapters gift cards, you buy a book that relates. i.e. "The Sewing Machine Classroom".
3. You scour the internet to gain new knowledge on the subject.
4. The list on that subject in your 'favorites' box on your computer fills a whole screen.
6. When you watch football with your husband, you are also reading books on your hobby.
7. Your car can automatically find its way to the same store.
8. It's fun.
9. You dedicate space in your house to it.
10. It doesn't have to be practical to have value.
Something I never knew... Thread has a "nap". (No it doesn't get tired and go to sleep.) Thread is made by twisting fibres. These fibres have ends that stick out sometimes. (Think of braided hair that contains unequal lengths.) They all stick out in the same direction depending on whether the fibres were twisted left to right, or right to left.
In hand sewing with a doubled thread in your needle, it often wants to twist and knot. The reason is because you have doubled the thread and on one strand the fibre ends point upwards, and the other strand the fibre ends stick out downwards.
"In order to get the thread's nap to go in the same directions, the trick is to cut a second piece of thread and thread both ends through the needle eye. Your thread is now doubled, but not twisted."
(That last bit of info discovered on page 17 of "The Sewing Machine Classroom." by Charlene Phillips.)