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Posted on: 3/15/07 6:05 AM
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I used to try to finish the step I was doing before packing my sewing away for the day. But I always found it slow going the next time I started. Finding my place in the instructions, figuring out which steps Id done, which one to start

Nowadays, I do the exact opposite. I purposely stop half way through the step I’m doing so I can start with something familiar next time, something quick and easy. For example, I’ll pin the side seam but won’t sew it. Or sew the seam but not press and topstitch it. That way, when I get started it’s with something I know, something quick and easy. I get straight into the swing of it and after that, well, it just seems to flow a bit more easily.

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So So said... (3/20/07 3:05 PM) Reply
This makes so much sense, i will try it.
martinanne said... (3/19/07 11:45 AM) Reply
Brilliant! I'll try this. Thanks.
CSM--Carla said... (3/16/07 12:35 PM) Reply
This is a great idea!! I also have been known to just change to thread or the setting on my serger or set tools out just to get me primed for the next move on a project. Great idea and reminder. Thank you--you are very creative and I always enjoy what you have written, Helen. Love your Avatar!! I WANT that dress! ;-> Carla
Marie-Claude said... (3/16/07 12:19 PM) Reply
I agree with KarenP. I noticed too that when I am pushing myself to finish that darn step so I get it over with and take a break, that's precisely when I make a mistake. Stopping in the middle of a step avoids the "where was I again?": all you have to do, is take it where you left it.
pakrk said... (3/16/07 11:53 AM) Reply
I do the very same thing! Seems like I only get to sew in tiny bits of time and this way I always have something ready to go.
KarenP said... (3/15/07 2:50 PM) Reply
That's an interesting way to look at it. I sometimes find that pushing to finish a step before quitting can also lead to stupid mistakes because I'm getting tired. I'll have to change my attitude about when to stop and see if it makes a difference!
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