Hi! I’m Rachel and I have a recently-rediscovered passion for sewing.
Hi all, first up I wanted to apologise for my post timings being a little erratic in the past week. I’ve been a little under the weather so have been trying my best to get a little rest and relaxation over the bank holiday week and weekend. You’ll be pleased to know I am feeling a little better now and am very happy to be back posting again.
For today’s post I wanted to keep it light and treat you to 5 of my very best bad sewing habits. Whilst this may not be the most original of posts I always feel I am drawn to finding out seamstresses’ naughty practices as let’s face it, its these compulsions that make our garments a little bit more human and very much handmade!
Without further ado, here are 5 of my bad sewing habits:
1. Thinking several makes down the road…
I am sure lots of you can identify with this one!
I guess you could summarise this as a lack of sewing focus, I start my garment but I’m already thinking one and sometimes two garments down the line. At this moment I’m sewing up my second Anna but I can’t help thinking about some beautiful purple bird fabric in my drawer (you’ve got to see it, it’s divine!), I’ve also got Waffle Patterns’ Zipper Blouson on the mind, oh and a special occasion dress for my friend’s wedding plus two men’s waistcoats….
Ok I’ll stop now but you can hopefully see my point here! I am working hard to slow down and enjoy the process a little more, as we all know, the making is all part of the joy of the finished item.
2. Threading an already wound bobbin…
This is very naughty indeed because you should never disrespect your bobbin, especially if you happen to have bobbin in your blog name! I admit it I do from time to time wind a new thread on a ready used bobbin leading to a messy bobbin and on occasions an angry and confused machine.
My only saving grace here is that this is the habit I am closest to kicking and in the most straight-forward of manners – buying more bobbins!
3. Skim reading instructions…
Ok so we’ve all been here right?
I’ll set the scene… you are sat down to sew after a long day at work and think I’ve got half an hour or so here I may be quite tired but I’m going to sew. With the noble intent of not pushing yourself too hard you resolve to complete one instruction and charge off to do it, complete the task and pat yourself on the back. Fast forward 24 hours and this time you are feeling a little more awake, you sit down again and read on… DAMN I probably shouldn’t have done that…
Yes I speak from personal experience here, it really is worth reading the instructions through before you begin, especially if you’re from the wing it school of sewing like me, it will save you so much more time in the long run.
4. Staying up late to just finish this one little bit…
Sewing has for me become just a little bit of an obsession and I am regularly in danger of getting a little infatuated with my makes and subsequently turning my sewing corner into sweatshop corner. I am often found sewing late into the night when really I should be getting ready for bed.
My entirely hypocritical advice for fellow late night sewers is to remember to slow down and enjoy your makes. I have made so many silly mistakes when I have been tired or have been baffled by an instruction for hours instead of getting up, walking away and returning with a clear and awake mind. Sewing should always be a joy no matter what deadline we set for ourselves.
5. Putting pins in my mouth…
Yes this is just silly. I hiccuped once whilst having pins in my mouth, I was very lucky on that occasion!
That’s all of my bad sewing habits for now. Do you have any bad sewing habits? If so, what are yours?