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Toni39

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Date: 1/11/10 2:33 PM

My sewing mojo is gone. I have look at posts about sewing and read blogs about sewing and still not sewing. What is this all about. I have the underlying urge, but the actual physical element of sewing is leaving me nervous and anxious. I am not sure why I am going through this, but I am trying to move through it. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Date: 1/11/10 2:57 PM

Sometimes the muse is just out. Usually, she will come back in time. However, if some kind of nervousness or tentativeness is getting in the way, I have found that taking a class through Adult Ed will give the momentum and hands-on experience that gets you through it faster.

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Date: 1/11/10 3:02 PM

Instead of sewing, try organizing or re-organizing your space and supplies. I usually come across things I forgot about or need to be replenished calling for a trip to the store. This seems to help spur me on to sew again.

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Date: 1/11/10 3:10 PM

Do a bit of snoop shopping until you see something really lovely, then make something similar from your stash when you are all inspired :-)

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Date: 1/11/10 3:25 PM

I am sort of in the same place; everything got put away when we had guests at Christmas, and I feel no great urge to get it out again. I imagine this will pass, and for now I am enjoying reading about sewing instead.

One thing that might get me going... a co-worker is expecting a new grandson, so I may sew something for him. Would that help? Sewing something for someone else?

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Date: 1/11/10 4:18 PM

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the actual physical element of sewing is leaving me nervous and anxious.

Normally I would say when the mojo takes a break it's ok to take a break from sewing. It is a hobby, after all!

But the quoted sentence makes it sound like it's not really sewing that is the issue here. If you are feeling out of control in other parts of your life, you want the things you *can* control to be perfect and are afraid that if you can't get the sewing perfect you won't be able to bear it. So in this case, I'd prescribe* an easy project in a fabric you don't care about just to remind yourself that you're perfectly capable of sewing. Whether you want to sew or not is another question that's just a matter of preference, but the anxiety of whether you *can* sew is something you might want to prioritize getting over as it could spill into other areas of your life.

*Keeping in mind that I am NOT any kind of doctor or therapist!

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Date: 1/11/10 4:59 PM

A lot of people go in cycles about their hobbies -- spending time on one interest while letting others slide for a while then picking back up with renewed interest. If sewing isn't thrilling you right now try knitting, cooking, training your pets, remodeling your house, gardening as appropriate to your season and climate, ... .

Later, you'll pick up sewing again and feel recharged.

But, if nicegirl has hit the issue on target consider this, ...

I've recently been employed as a sewer in a factory. We pick out CONSTANTLY. I had to take out 2/3 of a seam this afternoon -- 5 feet including both bag corners -- because I didn't notice that the one of my bobbins had run out and I was running a double needle on only one needle.

Not long ago a co-worker who works on the parachute canopies told me that they found a chute with so many panels on upside down that it was easiest to take the good ones off, turn them over, and resew that way.

Don't let potential mistakes intimidate you. Its only stitches and they come out if they need to.

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Date: 1/11/10 10:23 PM

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the actual physical element of sewing is leaving me nervous and anxious


Since that's the case, I'd just let it be for now. It will come back when you are in a better place. Any hobby that is making you anxious or nervous just isn't worth pursuing until that feeling goes away. The bright side is that it usually does get better. I've been there too. When I tried to force myself I'd feel like that. When things are good, sewing is so calming and enjoyable. But I cannot for the life of me sew when other things are wrong in my life. When my son was giving me troubles about 5 years ago it was impossible to sew.

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Date: 1/12/10 5:34 AM


I think Mary's advice is excellent. Hobbies should be fun and if they're not, it's OK to put them aside -- in fact, it's healthy!

IMHO, I think the problem isn't that you can't bring yourself to sew, but rather that you see this as a problem. Think of the advice you'd give a friend with the same issue: you'd probably say what we're saying to you. Go easy, let it go for a while.

I know that sometimes if I put too much pressure on myself to sew something amazing, it dampens my enthusiasm and makes me feel anxious. Maybe you can lower the stakes a bit, and just experience the fun of stitching fabric, not making anything at all, just sewing some seams. I do this all the time. I just like to watch the stitches being formed -- I find it very relaxing!

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Date: 1/12/10 6:26 AM

I guess it depends what's making you anxious about sewing something. If I feel jittery its usually - fabric related, can't use this too good one, don't have any inspiration for this stuff in stash etc, or its guilt related - can't justify spending time or money when there's other priorities, or its depression related - doesn't matter what I wear anyway who'd notice, or its basic laziness about starting something which will take a fair bit or organisation to get right.
If you take a break, maybe you'll hone in on the reason its not been a happy experience.

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