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Posted on: 8/20/09 8:54 PM
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I am a typical working mom (I actually have great hours 6-1) and I am too busy to spend any personal time sewing although I teach sewing all day long. I have found that I can slowly make something wonderful 15 MINUTES AT A TIME!
I sometimes don't have that much time to spare but any tiny amount helps and is great therapy.

We can all squeeze in a few wonderful minutes of sewing and I have found that it is even more enjoyable when making something complex since I am breaking it down into manageable parts. I am so thrilled to be sewing at all so I don't mind putting in that dreaded zipper since that's all I have time to do or I can break it down into two sessions.

I tend to think in sections instead of being overwhelmed by a big projects. I am almost finished making a rather complicated, time consuming bag with lots of pockets/zippers/piping. It was a joy to put together because I broke it down into manageable parts...

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carolrv said... (6/18/10 7:19 AM) Reply
Even if you have very little time, it is satisfying to do something that STAYS DONE!
Lucy in Virginia said... (5/27/10 12:44 PM) Reply
QUOTE: I am so thrilled to be sewing at all so I don't mind putting in that dreaded zipper since that's all I have time to do or I can break it down into two sessions.END OF QUOTE ---I could not agree with you more.
MissFit said... (8/22/09 2:15 PM) Reply
This is a wonderful idea, I can not wait for the day that I get my sewing room. Until then I am nomadic in my sewing and constantly have to set up and break down :( Can't wait to be able to try it.
quathy said... (8/21/09 5:05 PM) Reply
ditto! i have Nancy Zieman's book 10-20-30 Minutes to Sew, which is the same philosophy, and breaks down all the steps in an easily consumable way. Just yesterday, I sewed one seam on a blouse and pressed... tonight I'll insert sleeves... and I'm expecting to finish the blouse this weekend!
j222b said... (8/21/09 11:52 AM) Reply
Yes, my DD does yard work for 15 minutes a day and says it's amazing what she can accomplish, too.
catsmeow said... (8/21/09 11:39 AM) Reply
This is also a good tip for doing some household task (cleaning out closet, garage, etc.) by setting a timer for "X" amount of time. When the timer goes off, walk away until the next day. It is amazing how much can be done in just a few minutes each day.
Dianne Sebastopol CA said... (8/21/09 7:26 AM) Reply
I too have learned, at last, that what I call micro-moves gets me sewing (doing anything I love but have a hard time sitting down to do), and nourishes me daily , plus the deep satisfaction of a finished product. Thank you for reminding me - I always need reminders!
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