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RosalieG
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Date: 12/26/13 7:31 PM

I have always wanted to sew more than I do. The past few years I have hardly touched my machine (family illness, work, finances, moving, yadda, yadda). Now I am determined to get back in the habit. Kind of a reboot.

Any hints, tips. encouragement, or anything else to offer as I try to retrieve a sewing room from the boxes in my garage?

I have my machine plugged in, have downloaded the SBCC Tonic tee for a start, and just need to find the notions and tools boxes.

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Date: 12/26/13 7:48 PM

Welcome back to sewing! Just jump in and go for it. I came back a few years ago after a long break. It is the most rewarding and the most frustrating hobby around! So do you like to make garments?

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Date: 12/26/13 8:39 PM

In the past twelve years I probably sewed as much as I had in any one year before that. I got out of the mood, did more crafts projects and got in crafts shows, and the internet came along for me.

I have a closet full of clothes, most heading for the title of "vintage". Ugh.

I've made a decision that this has to change. My fabric is now aged like fine wine. I would feel guilty because I should be doing other things: housework, putting the last of the photos in albums, organizing my files, clearing things out, etc, etc.

Now I will sew when I feel like it, and sneak in the housework and other projects, without guilt.

What motivates me the most is looking at patterns or the finished items of others, picturing my fabrics sewn, or looking through my pathetic closet!

Find what gets you excited about sewing, read posts here, and JDI (Just Do It).

Find what gets you wanting to sew, then go for it. Picture all the wonderful clothing items you'll have! Good luck. :)

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Date: 12/26/13 10:10 PM

Buy a beautiful piece of fabric. Quickly dig and find your notions and then sew. Tackle your boxes slowly one at a time. Enjoy the process as your sewing area transforms. Pull out another piece of fabric, sew that up too. Don't rush the process of emptying the boxes. It is fun rediscovering all the notions. Good luck.

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Date: 12/26/13 10:24 PM

Rosalie, first, you have my beloved grandmother's name so I can't help but respond!
Just do it is great advice, as you do, it reinforces motivation. I find it so therapeutic that every time I spend a little time in the sewing room it makes me want more.

If your issue is time (that's mine) here's a couple of things I do (that still leave me feeling like I don't have enough time to sew...but I have some...) I'm a morning person so I can squeeze in 15 -45 minutes in the morning while drinking my coffee before work. I have to break things down into little pieces -- cut this piece, sew this seam...Then I try to squeeze in a couple of hours over the weekend.

Good luck!

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Date: 12/26/13 10:28 PM

Quote: RosalieG
Any hints, tips. encouragement, or anything else to offer as I try to retrieve a sewing room from the boxes in my garage?
...just need to find the notions and tools boxes.

You are on your way to the best thing to help in your sewing revival...a dedicated sewing area...and having supplies well organized.

It's great to be able to know where everything is...and have it right at your finger tips. Also to be able to just stop and not have to put anything up...being able to start and stop working on a project at any point without it being disturbed or disturbing anyone or anything.

Also have a good notion supply source for frequently used items...like needles etc. Here is a great online vendor which many PR members have very positive comments: Wawak.com

NAYY (Not Affliated Yadda Yadda)

Edited to add: If your sewing machine has sat unused for a long time...best to get it a complete service to avoid a break down when in the middle of a project. A service fee could be in the $100 range but that is typical these days.
-- Edited on 12/26/13 10:39 PM --
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Date: 12/26/13 11:18 PM

Thanks for the responses! Yes, I am fortunate enough to have a dedicated space. We just moved into our "age-in-place" home (we hope) and I called dibs on the bedroom with the biggest closet. I am not good about the whole putting things away.

My beloved Janome 6600 has never been completely abandoned-there have been lots of random UFO projects, a completed few baby quilts, and so forth. It it probably due a servicing soon, but it doesn't have very many miles on it and I keep it oiled and clean.

Two boxes tomorrow...that's my plan.
-- Edited on 12/26/13 11:19 PM --

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Date: 12/26/13 11:27 PM

Your re-entry into sewing is a wonderful thing! By now you can feel in the posts how happy we are for you. PR is a tremendous support to boost the love of sewing. If you wobble in your progress, just come round here and we will shower you with encouragement. When I got back into sewing 2 years ago, I got a warm reception here and it has been delovely ever since.

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Date: 12/27/13 0:27 AM

Welcome back to sewing. There was a time when my kids were little that I didn't sew much...just no time. I think when Project Runway came along it really gave me the nudge I needed to get going. I dug out all my supplies, pitched out some rusty pins and other worn out items, and then had a wonderful time shopping for new things. I got my sewing room set up and have been sewing up a storm ever since.
I hope you have as much fun getting back into it as I did.

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Date: 12/27/13 0:29 AM

I would put the sewing area together first, with all the notions and everything else you have. How frustrating would it be to start on a project and not have all your tools at hand? Once you go through all your things, dust them off, and organize a room, the more pleasant your sewing experience will be. Set aside time to do all that, then buy the fabric you like for your tee, and sew it! After that you'll be hooked like the rest of us and you won't be able to stop. ;-) Looking forward to your first pattern review!
-- Edited on 12/27/13 0:32 AM --

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