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« Reply #50 on: September 18, 2008 06:53:12 PM »

biting thread (actually learned this one from my mom)

holding onto every bit of scrap because I might use it .... someday (yeah right)

not bothering to press fabric (my poor iron sees no action at all)

Not taking the time to clip seams as much as I should (hello lumpy seam)

Never cleaning/oiling my machine(need to drop off at the sew N vac soon!)

Having 400 projects in progress so I start another (This has gotten better since I started using a spreadsheet to track what I've done. I have two sheets, one for stuff I've done and one for stuff I'm doing or want to do.  I list what I've done so I can see how productive I've been, which gives me warm fuzzies and then the other list lets me see what I'm doing, who its for, when I need it by and anything I need that holding up the project.  I sort it by due date so I get the stuff for my daughters birthday done before I wander off to make myself a pair of PJ's which has no pressing time limit.  Helped me with a swap, my daughters birthday and getting stuff ready for the holidays.)

Using the kitchen scissors to cut fabric instead of my fabric scissors

Never going with a pattern (given into this one and now mostly just draft my own on the fly)

I'm sure I've got loads more, but as long as I'm finishing up some stuff at some point it's all in a good day's crafting.

« Reply #51 on: September 18, 2008 07:23:06 PM »

I've got underpants sewing, hoarding, & being too lazy to press for sure. I press if it's something "nice" I'm making or if it's for someone else [or sale], but I'm always cutting corners on things for myself.

I never measure. 99% of the time, it's fine, but every once in a while, it bites me in the ass.

I'm always too lazy to change my thread color, especially if it's on the inside hems & doesn't show.

Hemming & topstitching gets put off all the time.

I build things in improper order sometimes, but I'm not too bad with that one. I've got most things down to a science concerning efficiency haha.

I NEVER oil my sewing machine OR my serger. I'm bad with watching my thread tension too. I do change my needles though!

I only pin sometimes [with pins in my mouth, of course], but I usually don't chalk mark like I should.

And probably the one that ends up being the biggest problem is that I never make patterns of things I draft myself. I'll do something on the fly [like I do everything], end up loving the end result, & sadly, have to either abandon it or start from scratch if I want to make another.

I also always mean to take more notes & do process shots & never have the patience for it hahha.

« Reply #52 on: September 30, 2008 10:23:58 AM »

I have had my sewing machine since 2004, and it has never been serviced, and it's only been cleaned once.
« Reply #53 on: September 30, 2008 11:41:05 AM »

okay....  where to start...

I drink while I sew
I open buttonholes with a seam ripper
I start many projects at the same time
I lack confidence and I dont wear my clothes
there is melted plastic bag goo on my brand new iron

you know what?  I love sewing!  I do it all day!

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« Reply #54 on: October 01, 2008 05:07:25 AM »

there is melted plastic bag goo on my brand new iron

This just made me chuckle -- probably because I can so relate!   Wink
« Reply #55 on: October 01, 2008 05:55:44 AM »

I open buttonholes with a seam ripper

This isn't how to do it?  But I was taught to do it this way in senior grade sewing class.  I feel so betrayed.   Cheesy

My big issue at the mo' is my machine has never been cleaned or oiled.  Bought the oil, never used it.  And have not cleaned it.  I did run over some needles with it also, but purely by accident because I didn't take them out in time.  But not the tension seems offish.  So, *sigh* it may need service.  But its nice to know I'm not the only one with a machine in need of some TLC.

« Reply #56 on: October 01, 2008 11:53:50 AM »

umm lets see..

-not pinning at all
-not measuring before cutting
-not using the right machine needle for the fabric
-being lazy and not changing bobbin/thread so I end up with thread that dosen't match or bobbin -top threads that don't match
-using my specialy labeled ' fabric only' scissors to cut paper then being a nazi about others using them
-buying fabric because I like it or it's cheap and never getting around to using it
-buying loads of patterns and never using them

I do at least one of these every time I craft. I'm so naughty.


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« Reply #57 on: October 02, 2008 10:46:22 AM »

Oh, I forgot the BIGGIE ! My worst sin of all that I've been paying for over and over...

I find wonderful fabrics, really cheap ! Velvets and silks and embroidered pieces, furs, fine leathers, great cotton prints ...you name it. Only one problem - I find 'em as clothes. I can use 'em, since I mostly sew doll clothes, but to get from 'shirt' to 'usable fabric', everything has to be cut up and washed and stored. This takes forever, generates some waste, and takes up a lot of space. And even with all the effort, it's no guarantee I'll ever get around to using some of it, much less all.

While I relish the 'stuff a Mal-Wart sack for a dollar' sales at thrift shops and yard sales, after spending most of my 'craft' time for the last two months cutting and bundling and organizing, this'll have to be the year I say 'no more' !

Can you believe I had three different 'dark blue velvet' garments in the Big Bin of Clothes To Cut Up for Fabric and Fun ? I ended up donating two bagloads of uncut clothes back to the thrifts ! Even cheap, it isn't a wise way to spend money or time...

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« Reply #58 on: October 02, 2008 10:59:06 AM »

-using my specialy labeled ' fabric only' scissors to cut paper

 Shocked  That's probably the one thing I'm super careful about!  Cheesy 

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« Reply #59 on: October 02, 2008 11:38:12 AM »

-using my specialy labeled ' fabric only' scissors to cut paper

 Shocked  That's probably the one thing I'm super careful about!  Cheesy 
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