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Date: 9/8/09 1:43 PM

Do you ever consider taking a break from sewing? It is something I have been considering. I find that I am constantly spending too much money (really) adding to my fabric and pattern stash. Lately it has been books, and those are even more expensive. It is nowhere near the point of it being a financial problem. It is just a little more than I have budgeted each month. I see so much I want to sew that I just get overwhelmed. I tend to have an obsessive/compulsive personality and I have been feeling really out of sorts lately. This is a little personal, but it could be because I messed up taking my birth control the pass couple of months and my hormones are a little out of whack. I am thinking about just sewing the current things I have planned and already have fabric and patterns for. Then I am thinking about taking a break and just knitting. For some reason, even though I love knitting, I don't obsess over it. It just relaxes me. Have any of you ever taken a sewing break just to reasseses things?
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Date: 9/8/09 2:00 PM

yes! but more a break from buying. Everytime I get rid of 3 boxes of UFO's, fabric and books (about once a year) I get so re-inspired! Its all the stuff that weighs you down. I miss the days when we were forced to only have one project at a time and didn't have the resources to have all this extra crap. It's stifling sometimes.

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Date: 9/8/09 2:32 PM

I never feel like taking a break from sewing.

Sometimes, I get busy with other things that are going on and don't have the time to sew. Those situations give me a break whether I needed one or not! And I'm always chomping at the bit to get back to sewing.

Everybody is different. If one feels the need for a break, then take a break! It should be fun and relaxing (even when it's frustrating ) and never forced. When the mood isn't right, that's when mistakes happen.

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Date: 9/8/09 2:39 PM

Especially fabrics, and even books can get dated..

After my last, and it better be my last..garage sale I could see the wasted money on stash and such.. So. now I only buy for the next garment I am working on. I am lucky if I finish that before the next sale so I no longer worry about losing out on the sale prices.

Of course you are lucky to find good fabric now anyhow. But I remember the time when you choose one pattern, the fabric, the buttons for that garment and such and left the store. Not so much to store,, or to think about.

And I have a lot more money to buy machines..

I just use my break from sewing time for other hobbies..or if desperate, can always clean the house...

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Date: 9/8/09 2:53 PM

I never take a break from sewing either, but I do purge fabrics and patterns from time to time. Also I purged some books. It makes me feel better to get the space back and makes it easier to clean the sewing room.

There are periods of time that I am just not inspired or motivate to sew. Also I started keeping track of my fabric stash. Everything is swatched to 3X5 cards and descriptions and locations are placed on the card. A spread sheet is kept up to date so I know how much I am using and how much I am buying. Also I know where things are at and can pull the swatches to shop the stash. It makes the impulse purchases go down.

I have bought some stash this year from casualelegencefabrics and from fabric mart.
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Date: 9/8/09 3:07 PM

I think you might need a shopping break more than a sewing break. Take a month and don't buy anything other than notions you may need for the current project....you will have time to absorb some info from the books you have, move some of the stash from flat fabric to finished garment and you may find that your love of sewing is back.

Remember, no matter how good the deal is there will always be more fabric, patterns and books available.

I tend to overaccumulate, so I manage by setting limits.....a certain amount of available bookshelf space, I use a shoe box method for storing zippers, elastic, buttons etc and when the space is full I don't buy more for the stash...fabric is more of a problem, but I manage to store it all in the alloted space. I get overwhlemed when the stash gets too big and then I just hunker down and start sewing through it.

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Date: 9/8/09 3:29 PM

Nope, I NEVER take a break from sewing, unless you consider 2 or 3 days a break. However, I do take a break from buying fabric and patterns. I use to feel like everytime somewhere had a sale, I was suppose to buy. I'm just so passionate about sewing that even when I'm not actually doing it, I'm planning what I'm going to sew. I don't think I could give it up even if I wanted to!

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Date: 9/8/09 5:29 PM

Yes, I think it is the buying I need to take a break from. There will always be more patterns and fabrics and books to buy and I guess I just need to stop for a few months until I sew up what I have.

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Date: 9/8/09 8:41 PM

Wow, I am impressed. You actually do the things I sometimes think of doing. I never do them, but I think of them.

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Date: 9/8/09 10:27 PM

Quote: CynthiaSue
yes! but more a break from buying. Everytime I get rid of 3 boxes of UFO's, fabric and books (about once a year) I get so re-inspired! Its all the stuff that weighs you down. I miss the days when we were forced to only have one project at a time and didn't have the resources to have all this extra crap. It's stifling sometimes.

Isn't this the truth! For me it's hitting my entire house right now. We recently re-did our bedroom: new paint, carpet and furniture. After we cleaned it all out and got it all put back together I am absolutely loving the 'simpleness' of the bedroom. And it makes the rest of the house look so full. It isn't cluttered, and there really isn't anything to get rid of, but it doesn't have that same simple feeling the bedroom has. And my sewing room is about the worst. I've been taking a break from buying all this year - and honestly, it feels great.

As for sewing breaks, yes, as dh pointed out to me just last night. I'm on one of my breaks right now And as I thought about it I think it hits me during the summer. Once it's getting dark at 5:00 and the nights are long (since I work during the day) I'll spend lots of time in my sewing room. Until then, it's hit and miss. But I do a lot of reading about sewing when I'm not sitting in front of my machine!
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