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Date: 5/8/14 7:05 AM

I've recently (after watching the sewing bee and noting the time frames) started to time how long projects take me.
I'm averaging about 5 hours for trousers/skirts from TNT patterns. (I only count cutting out and sewing time rather than 'fitting' time).
Which surprised me as I'm sure it took me longer. But then this is with the machine whereas when I hand sew its slower (but more accurate).

My latest one is up to 4 hours (SKIRT - cut, pressed, sewn most of the seams, placket and tacked on the waistband. Just need to finished waistband and hem.) Though I might have to re cut the waistband as its a little snug. :o

Has anyone else timed a project?

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Date: 5/8/14 7:23 AM

I've done it before. Just to satisfy my own curiosities. I'm at about 6 hours for my TNT trousers. Which was helpful to know because I was then able to space out the tasks and complete two pair one weekend.!

Plus with knit tops I'm always amazed at how quickly the work is done. :)

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Date: 5/8/14 7:25 AM

I don't really time projects so much as "keep track of time" while working. I often have many other things to do, so I will say "Ok, I can sew until 10" or whatever it is. Sometimes that means I inadvertently discover timing. I made a skirt yesterday in 3hours. I have a sweatshirt pattern that I can cut, alter, and finish in 8. That timing IS good to know so I know if I have time to do a project.

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Date: 5/8/14 9:51 AM

I've often thought I should time my TNTs. I sometimes choose not to sew because I think I "don't have enough time". That just indicates that I'm really busy with other things and don't want to start a sewing project which I cannot lose myself in. If I knew how long from start to finish, I could divide it up, sew a little and feel as though I wasn't wasting time.

gad, I am really stretched lately with my move...I cannot remember the last time I sewed with no time constraints.

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Date: 5/8/14 10:03 AM

Since I sew for clients, I've timed the different components that may be used in different projects -- I have times for things like "fully-lined skating dress brief", "double-layer circle skirt", etc. Over the years I have also timed my crystal application times and have actually arrived at a "per crystal" rate which includes the cost of the crystal and its application. All these things really help me in providing accurate quotes to my clients.

For my personal sewing, I find the actual construction to go relatively quickly. My big time consumer in sewing for myself is the pattern making/altering and the fitting. Putting together the actual garment is the least of my issues. Once I have a pattern that fits, then I can whip them up pretty quick unless I decide to get a little more creative.



Now if we're talking about quilting, that's a whole other thing.

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Date: 5/8/14 10:55 AM

No.

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Date: 5/8/14 11:24 AM

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hahaaaa

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Date: 5/8/14 3:57 PM

all I know is everything takes longer than I thought it was going to

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Date: 5/8/14 4:33 PM

I did once, after the first GBSB series. That'd be the first and only time since taking my trade exam decades ago, when I didn't need glasses, could stoop over a cutting table without hobbling around wincing for days afterwards, remembered what I'd just done without effort, and didn't drop things.

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Date: 5/8/14 4:50 PM

the only things that i track in terms of time are the date that i started a project and the date that i completed it. doesn't matter if it is a quick zipper pouch that takes me 20 minutes, a shirt that takes me 2 days, or a quilt that takes me a year.

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