Tip of the day: When NOT to sew

I shouldn’t even have turned on the machine …

After three-quarters of a painfully unproductive weekend was over (no sewing, no cooking, no cleaning), I attempted to salvage some sense of accomplishment via my sewing machine.

I should have known better.

The thread snarled, a dart got mangled in an errant line of stitching and I sewed the zipper seam from the large dot down, instead of from the large dot up. Then I undid everything and tried it all again.

I fought my way through a couple of hours of sewing with mediocre results and called it quits. Fretting over my inability to accomplish much of consequence the entire weekend, I ended up not going to bed until after midnight. I woke up before the alarm went off. I had been awake all of 5 minutes when I realized that I’m using an invisible zipper in this project. I shouldn’t have sewn the zipper seam at all — the zipper goes in first! Sigh.

How many times must I learn the same lesson?

I should not sew when I am:

❦ Crabby in general
❦ Irritated by life
❦ Annoyed with myself

My sewing machine can sense this, and will NOT help me out in any way.

Today, I’m tired but determined to make up some of the cooking and cleaning. Tomorrow, I plan to rip that zipper seam out for the second time.

And then I’ll sew it all over again.

3 thoughts on “Tip of the day: When NOT to sew

  1. Corinne September 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm Reply

    the mantra of the world of sewists is: you are not alone, you are not alone, you are not alone. My friends sew, chuckle at my personal rules. My core room cleaning must be done, dinner must be started/done, I cannot be tired. That is the most important part, I cannot be tired. When garment sewing I tend to break the project into manageable sections, then move one. This gives me time to study and evaluate. good luck with whatever system you ultimately develop to make the most of your sewing time. By the way, your edging on the blouse is lovely.

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    • Jeanne Marie September 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm Reply

      Being tired and sewing do NOT go together. You are so right! Im catching up on my cooking and cleaning and hope to have some major sewing time on Sunday. I like to stop just before the next fun step, so I’m motivated for the next sewing session.

      Sent from my iPhone

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  2. […] Tip of the day: When NOT to sew « Jeanne Marie's Sewing Studio The thread snarled, a dart got mangled in an errant line of stitching and I sewed the zipper seam from the large dot down, instead of from the large dot up. Then I undid everything and tried it all again. Source: jmsewingstudio.com […]

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