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Date: 8/16/13 9:21 AM

With my commute and work I am gone thirteen hours a day. I am struggling to find time to sew. Seems like only time I really can get it done is if I go to a retreat and that gets expensive. How do some of you find time for this wonderful hobby. Thanks for anything you might share. By the way I am soon to be 64 and not as energetic as I used to be. i am now starting to exercise and working to lose 30 lbs. Gotta get good at the sewing before I need my new wardrobe
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Date: 8/16/13 9:30 AM

I'm not practicing what I preach here (yet), but a lot of people say that spending 15-20 minutes a day on a project works.

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Date: 8/16/13 10:18 AM

I totally agree with Joan that 15-20 minutes a day will get a garment sewn up in no time. When I am busy, I like to have my sewing laid out for the next day. I also spend a few minutes winding bobbins and organizing notions so I don't waste time with those tasks. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was to stop before you were "done", so when you come back to the project, you start at a familiar place.

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Date: 8/16/13 11:20 AM

Your work day is a long day for a 20 year old.

For me (when I worked) it was just getting started. I also got more done if I focused on simple patterns with great fabric (a simple pencil skirt isn't boring if you're using wonderful fabric right?)

If you work at a job where you can get away at lunch or shut a door, you can baste seams, hem and do finishing by hand. It doesn't do much for your professional image (I was a software developer and will never forget the look on one of the manager's faces when he saw me sewing at lunch) so use your discretion!

The actual time spent at a sewing machine is pretty small when you think about it.

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Date: 8/16/13 12:41 PM

I have that problem, too. so many patterns, so much fabric and so little time.
I guess my mindset has been that I shoudn't be sewing (which to me is fun) if all the work isn't done.
It must be like many other things, that the 15-30 minutes a day needs to be set as a priority until it becomes a habit.

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Date: 8/16/13 1:13 PM

If you have a place where you can (at least sometimes) leave things out - ready and waiting for you, that will help use those 15-20 minutes for actual project work rather than setup/put away. It will also make the project pull at you more. At least it does for me - something sitting out next to the machine, waiting for the next step is much more attractive than having to pull everything out of storage (machine, project, pattern, etc.)

If you use commercial patterns (or heck, even tutorial printouts), one suggestion I've heard (but haven't tried yet) is to mark off the steps as you complete them. The idea is then you can always find your place in the instructions.

Something that has helped me is choosing a go-to "I like the way this fits" garment. I have one for dresses (almost - the shoulders are a bit wide), and it made tracing a good size pattern really easy. All I had to worry about was the narrow shoulder adjustment. I've also heard this recommended for T shirts (start with a T that you like the fit...), but I still don't sew those, lol.

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Date: 8/16/13 7:47 PM

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my mindset has been that I shoudn't be sewing (which to me is fun) if all the work isn't done

That's exactly what happens with me! But when I count up all the time I spend doing things that are not work and not sewing (Internet etc.)... I could actually have gotten something done in that time.


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Date: 8/16/13 8:54 PM

Not sewing until everything else is done is my problem too! Why, don't know. But it will be like that until I change my own mindset (or find an extra 24 hours lying around somewhere Ha Ha!).

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Date: 8/16/13 9:03 PM

I second the idea to pick a pattern that you know works and make multiples, as well as the 20min every day.

I hem and slipstitch on the train to work, too. I only have time to eat at lunch, haha.

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Date: 8/16/13 10:44 PM

I agree, making multiples of a garment in different fabrics is a great idea.

Also, I used to work huge hours too, had little kids and lost the plot if I didn't have any sewing time. I read a book called "more hours in my day". The basic idea is to divide chores up over days of the week, bigger ones less often. Shut doors! Write the divided jobs down so that you have a job card each day and only do those jobs on those days. If you don't manage the job on that day skip it until it comes around again, wherever possible. Mentally it helped so much because I wasn't neglecting to do stuff and I wasn't thinking of what I should have been doing when enjoying my sewing.

Also, don't cook every day....!

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