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Sue Horvath
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Date: 11/7/10 8:42 PM

I love to sew...I would grab a cup of tea, go downstairs and sew until lunch, grab and sandwich, go downstairs...you get the picture.

Problem is, at work, I will say "tonight, when I get home, it's a quick supper for the family and downstairs I go." That's at lunch. By the time the day is over, I'm lucky if I can roll downstairs. I am just to tired and afraid I will goof something up, adding to frustration and having to rip stuff out.

What do you working women do to find time to sew? Who do you kill?

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Date: 11/7/10 8:46 PM

Plan/prep at night. Sew very early in the AM....

Kill the hours spent playing FreeCell...

That's my advice to myself...

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Date: 11/7/10 8:53 PM

I rarely sew during the week. That time is when I pretreat fabric, or cut out patterns, do alterations, trace patterns from Burda, but I rarely sew.

The weekend is when I capitalize on the week's preparation.

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Date: 11/7/10 8:57 PM

Yikes, you have a lot in your day already. Perhaps you should just try to sew for an hour or two on the weekend, then do ten or fifteen minutes from time to time during the week, if you get a chance. Be kind to yourself -- if you're feeling like you must fit in time to sew when you're worn out after a long day, it may begin to lose its joy for you.

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Date: 11/7/10 8:58 PM

OMG - I thought I was the only one who felt like that! I always have the best intentions at work and I'm really anxious to get home and sew...then evening rolls around and I'm exhausted and have lost all motivation....then depressed. The next day, the cycle starts all over again

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Date: 11/7/10 9:24 PM

Sue - we do have a barely crawling along thread called Dribs and drabs for those of us in this sad and miserable state. I miss my sewing room so much! I went in last night to grab a needle and thread to do a quick stitch on a button and it was like seeing a dear old friend in passing at an airport or something!

We have some hints and ideas there and post our meager progress. Join us.

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Date: 11/7/10 9:34 PM

Yup. Yup. Yup. I know that feeling and I don't even work!!! Then when I do try to sew, I feel guilty because there are other things I should be doing. Ugh.

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Date: 11/7/10 9:39 PM

ah, weekend only for sewing for me also. I think and dream during the week, and go to bed with reading for inspiration (which is actually pretty satisfying... I recently realized that I am basically studying sewing when I can't actually sew). Leave at 6:45 am, home at 6:45 pm, no energy to sew when I get home...

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Date: 11/7/10 11:08 PM

I'm another weekend-only sewer. I will cut out/trace patterns after work occasionally, but even that's only when my husband is watching something on tv I'm not interested in or playing videogames.

I sew a LOT of knit tops/dresses because I can often knock one of these out in an afternoon or so (my husband is a photographer and works most Saturdays, so that day is "me" time). It helps me cope with not having the energy to sew during the week if I can start and finish a project on Saturday and have a new top to wear to work on Monday.

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Date: 11/8/10 0:05 AM

One issue probably is the fact that your sewing space is in the basement. I find it's pretty hard to be away from the center of the house. My sewing areas are spread all around the kitchen (which is the heart of the home as we know.) Perhaps you could move some sewing functions upstairs, it might make it easier. You can so and deal with family issues at the same time.

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