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What would life be like if only I didn't sew
The thought crossed my mind (& mouth) yesterday...
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Date: 7/17/10 12:55 PM

I was musing with my hubby stating that I wonder if I could simplify my complex/completely out-of-contol life by quitting sewing.

It's a thought that has never crossed my mind in any form, I stunned myself when I heard the statement slip past my lips.

I immediately thought about how much more space I would have. No more closets overflowing with fabrics and I'd have room for all things I have no room for.

I would turn my design room into I don't know what but I wouldn't have piles of stuff the way I do now. I felt a serenity that I have never experienced before but it quickly disapated
when I envisioned having to buy and wear RTW clothing that would cost me a small fortune and would add 15 pounds to my figure...

I quickly understood that sewing is who I am in a way I never realized. It is part of my essence. Who knew!

I do think my life would be so much more organized and under control if I gave up my 14 machines and 10 tons of fabrics/notion/tools. I must admit it is the tiniest bit tempting but in the long run an impossibility.

My solution is to make peace with my mess~ unless you have a better idea~


ARia


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Date: 7/17/10 1:18 PM

I have on rare occasions had the thought tip-toe across my mind. But, no can do. I suspect I would end up getting involved in some other activity any way. Sewing and all that goes along with it is just soo fun. Anyway the vast majority of people wear clothes and sewing is just such a natural part of clothes.

So I am off to continue working on my rag quilt creation.


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Subject: What would life be like if only I didnt sew Date: 7/17/10 1:40 PM

I cannot even imagine not sewing! (I can imagine not having such an overwhelming stash, however.)

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Date: 7/17/10 3:07 PM

For all intents & purposes I spent the last 20 years of my life NOT sewing. This was after my wretched little T&S provided me w/ more frustration than practicality, & certainly wasn't offering any pleasure!

That 20 years was filled with ill-fitting RTW, time spent haunting the sales in the few places that had good quality clothes that I knew I would like, and could afford (when they were marked down enough), piles of clothes that needed a nip & a tuck or something more major, but I dreaded bringing out that SM so much that the repair just never happened, clothes tossed because they simply didn't fit, & other clothes worn to shreds because, at least, they did fit...

You get the idea.....

Maybe this is why I find myself collecting so many machines right now! I never want to be w/o something that DOES work and gives me the sort of pleasure I'm getting now!

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Date: 7/17/10 5:17 PM

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I could simplify my complex/completely out-of-contol life by quitting sewing


And then do what?


If your mess is really making you that unhappy, you already know what you gotta do. It's not quitting the sewing...it's cleaning and organizing the mess.

Order in your fave pizza and desert, and whatever you drink, turn the music up, tie your hair back...and organize. Then you'll be happy, at peace...and sewing.

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Subject: What would life be like if only I didnt sew Date: 7/17/10 6:28 PM

I was gonna say the same as Lynn. It sounds like the mess is stressing you out, and all the machinery you have. Get rid of the things you don't love or don't use often - machines, fabric, whatever. Set limits for what you will acquire (one in, one out or similar, maybe) and the whole thing will stress you out less so you can enjoy the creative process.

There's nothing wrong with quitting sewing, or taking a break from it, if that's what someone wants to do. All of our interests and circumstances change over our lifetimes. But it doesn't sound like that's really what you want; it sounds like you want a shortcut to an organized mess-free life. Believe me, people always find a way to create more messes- it's a problem to manage, not a problem to solve.

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Date: 7/17/10 8:25 PM

I was taking a break from organizing my sewing stuff when I read this post. The thought never occurred to me, but now that you brought it up, I could be spending a nice quiet evening not thinking about how I've got to finish organizing my sewing mess. I was having a very difficult time tossing projects that I had cut out years ago, but now I feel better. I am a sew-er and I'm thankful for this gift and skill that has me doing something on a Saturday night instead of vegging out in front of the TV.

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Subject: What would life be like if only I didnt sew Date: 7/17/10 9:45 PM

Tidier, more organized, wealthier.....and utterly miserable.

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Date: 7/19/10 4:15 AM

I effectively stopped sewing 6 years ago -- my sweety's stationed in Europe AND we're building a house. There really is no where to sew, let alone dive in my stash. So what's a girl to do? I'll tell you what -- I knit! The stash, tools and work area are much smaller. Also, I've almost completely worn out all my clothes, as I refuse to buy new ones that don't fit and/or (usually and) are poorly constructed (except Carhartts).

The illness is still there ... just a different manifestation.

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Date: 7/19/10 8:06 AM

I have also had this vision.There are always someone wanting me to sew for them, mostly alterations which I hate. I am retired and several of my friends keep working because they would get bored if staying home. Because of my sewing and machine embroidery there is no time left to be bored. So I am keeping my sewing and everything. I am in process of detail cleaning my sewing room and this makes me wonder why do I do this? I do think I would be lonely without it as my GK arn't here as much and my DH is outside with his woodworking or farm work. I do have my parents to care for which takes part of my time. I have found they like me to check and do things they can't anymore and leave them to thier time. They are in the 80's and my mother still sews and my dad does sheet metal making bird houses and tool boxes when able.

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