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Posted on: 5/28/08 1:37 AM
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I tell all of my students and friends who sew this important thing. When you are tired your judgement is not good, your patience is short and your project will more then likely end up in the circular file or the "hell freezes over" pile. We are all junkies, so here is what you do: Get a good stopping point (take 3 to 5 minutes), don't clean up, put the project down and get some rest. Your project will be there when you return to it. For those of us who work in thie field and can't stop - you can step away from the project. 30 to 45 min. is a good amount of refresh time. Eat some food and get the blood sugars up, (especially if you have been up all night ;-), read a magazine or the paper. After that you will be refreshed and ready to attack the finish line. The better you feel the better your project will be.

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Christine B said... (6/15/08 8:05 AM) Reply
Hear, hear! The corollary to "don't sew when tired" is probably "don't be in a rush to finish". I end up taking too many shortcuts when I just "have" (not really!) to have something finished to wear the next day.
Wally08 said... (6/9/08 9:40 AM) Reply
How true. I have made some very silly mistakes because I was tired and trying to get something done, only to have to take more time to reverse my mistake!
Heidi Ho said... (5/29/08 3:53 PM) Reply
I totally agree. If I am sewing in the evening after working all day I give myself a time limit when I have to stop for the evening. Otherwise I will just keep going and start making mistakes.
christine A said... (5/28/08 10:55 PM) Reply
I totally concur!! Tired=mistakes
tweedcurtain said... (5/28/08 9:01 PM) Reply
I completely agree. 99 percent of my mistakes occur when it is late and I think - oh, I will just sew one more seam. Then, rip, rip, rip!
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