But my sewing always takes longer than I thought.
In my mind on a Wednesday I look forward to the weekend as a time when I can get several garments sewn. It usually doesn't work out like this and that disappoints me. It seems to me that I used to get more done.
Am I slowing down or is how I sew changing?
For a start I think the life of a grown up gets in the way too. I talk to family for at least an hour on the phone every day, I walk Rascal, and even when my husband does the cooking, and he always does on the weekend, I do the clean up. Well he is a wonderful cook, but you know he is a man, if you get what I mean, clean-up wise.
I first noticed that I was a slow sewing beside on of my friends, which is something we used to do side-by-side sometimes. She would whiz through her garments because she just moved so fast. Her machines ran at top speed, she was up and down to the iron like a flash. Me, I would meander around and drink lots of teas.
It is interesting to think how your sewing has changed, and in the last couple of years mine has.
1. The internet. This has really influenced my sewing tremendously. I love looking at blogs and seeing what other people make and what it looks like on real bodies. I would say that well over half at least of the things I try, technique, design ideas, or patterns, are other-sewer inspired. Adding new ideas has slowed me down I think. My head, not just my hands, are engaged.
2. Fitting. This is closely related to #2. I never would have known about the FBA if it weren't for online learning from other sewers. I now spend a couple of hours every new pattern making fitting adjustments. Mind you I can't remember the last time I made something that didn't at least sort of fit. It has been ages since a wadder hit the floor.
3. My paying work is more intense. As I have become more involved in my teaching, kids are great but they do pull a lot out of you over the course of a week, (yes, politicians did that too when I worked with them, but those guys I would often tune out - you usually had heard what they were saying many times before) my sewing these days is as much a decompression time, a relaxation time, as a production time.
Interestingly, despite my slow speed I am not a fussy sewer. I am a little more tolerant of myself than I used to be. Some mistakes I know are going to be obvious under the light of my sewing table, but are going to be forgotten once I have the garment on for a day. I fix and worry only about issues that are going to bug me when I wear them - a lining a shade too long or a waistband a shade too tight - not that tiny jog in the topstitching.
And my friend the speed sewer? Last time we talked she isn't sewing any more. Hasn't the time.
How fast do you sew? What are your perimeters for mistakes? How fussy are you? What kind of trade off do you make between being neat and being time effective?