Sewing - 10 Timely Tips
Look for projects and patterns with limited pieces and little detail.
Take classes to learn new techniques instead of trying to figure it out
on your own. In the long run, you will pick it up faster and will waste
less time than using the trial and error method!
2. If possible,
leave your sewing machine out and available at all times. The less you
have to do to “get ready” to sew, the more likely you will frequently
stop and stitch.
3. Read pattern
instructions thoroughly before beginning and highlight any parts that
look a little tricky or unfamiliar. Visualize each step and work
through it in your head, trying to anticipate any unusual areas. Mark a
big X over the sections that don't apply to your project. This will
make it easy to keep your place, and prevent confusion caused by
reading extraneous directions.
4. Think through
each task and decide if it is something you can do by machine rather
than by hand. Not only is it usually faster to sew techniques such as
sewing on buttons by machine, it often lasts longer and doesn’t have to
be redone in the near future.
5. Group your
tasks and work in an assembly line fashion. Spend an evening cutting
out patterns, another one seaming and joining the major pieces, and
another working on the finishing details. The less you jump around, the
faster your projects will come together.
6. Keep a log or
journal of all of your sewing projects. Most sewers give away the
majority of their creative pursuits and it is sometimes easy to feel
defeated and unmotivated; but when you look at all you’ve accomplished,
it will keep you excited and spur you on!
7. Make it a
ritual to keep your machine clean and in tip-top shape. Have it
serviced during your birthday month and make a concerted effort to do
quick cleanings on a regular basis.
projects with pattern, cut fabric, and notions packaged together so you
don’t waste time “getting ready”.
yourself to sew regularly even if it is only 10 minutes at a time. It’s
amazing how much those little snippets of time add up and before you
know it, you’ve finished another project!
10. Be prepared.
Keep a tote bag with you for hand sewing items or related reading so
you can make good use of your time when attending the big game, waiting
at the dentist, or commuting to work by car pool, bus, or train.