It seems like there are so many roadblocks to sewing. I don’t want anyone to be discouraged and think sewing is unattainable so I am creating a series on “Roadblocks to Sewing” where I will address sewing problems. My goal is to post one a month. My first post will be about finding the time to sew. I want to hear from you though. Is there anything that you feel is a roadblock to sewing?? Please email me with questions and I just may make a blog post out of it! If you struggle with something, you are not the only one! I want to encourage sewing.
Check out the other post in this monthly series:
With that intro, onto todays post:
Wouldn’t we all love to just sit in our sewing rooms all day with no interruptions and produce lots of beautiful things? I know I would. But that is not the reality of sewing. Sewing takes time and it takes effort. The end result is so worth it though. One of the biggest complaints I hear about sewing is “I can’t find the time.” I think in a dreamy world we would sit down and complete a project in one sitting. The reality of sewing is that doesn’t always happen. It’s not this snap your fingers and its done kind of thing. I think this tends to discourage us and makes us believe we don’t have the time at all. Today I want to share a few tips on how to make time for sewing.
- Dedicate Time. We all are busy. That is why it is so hard to find the time to sew. It doesn’t seem like we can add one more thing to our day. I have come to realize though, we need to set aside time to do what we want or we won’t do it. If sewing is something you want to do, pick a time of day you will always do it and follow through with it. Maybe it is before everyone wakes up. Maybe it is nap time or when everyone is in bed. Whatever works best for you set a time of day to make a date with the sewing machine. Maybe it isn’t every single day. Whatever works best for you, set the time and do it.
- Set a time limit. This works hand and hand with dedicating a time. I think the biggest challenge with sewing is the feeling that it takes too much time so why even start. True, sewing does take time, but you can start. Even if you plug away at it in little bits of time and it takes you days or weeks to finish something, that’s ok. Start with a manageable time for your selected time slot. Maybe that looks like 15 minutes. That is OK! Maybe it looks like an hour. Whatever you can manage stick to that time. You might not feel like you are getting a whole lot done in that time, but slowly you will get it done. Doing something slowly is better than doing nothing at all.
- Have it ready to go. You don’t want to spend your allowed time setting your space up. Make sure your sewing machine is loaded with the right thread and your fabric, pattern, etc are in easy reach. Maybe you have a small space to work with. That is ok. You can still have your machine in an easily accesable space to pull out. Don’t throw your current project in a pile with a bunch of unsorted stuff. Set it apart in a separate space with everything you need for that current project. Maybe you take one of your days to get this all set up. That is ok, it will save you time in the long run.
- Have a plan. Figure out what steps you have to follow before starting your project. I find when I write down exactly what I need to do it increases my productivity. When I have nothing written down, I flop around forever trying to figure out what I should do. Know what you are going to work on before you start.
- Set realistic expectations. Some days may feel like you get nothing done. It may feel like your seam ripper is your best friend. It is hard to keep chugging away when your precious 15 minutes are spent re-doing something you wish you didn’t have to do twice. It may feel like a waste. Trust me I know the feeling of mistakes and sewing failures. Don’t write them off as time wasters. You learn from mistakes and that is what makes you a better seamstress. Just keep going, you will get there!!
I hope this encourages you and gives you a little bit of freedom to sew. Remember, you don’t have to do it all in one day. Give yourself time and go at your own pace. Don’t get caught up in “it takes too much time.” I think it is important to set aside a little bit of time daily to do what you love doing. It will refill your tank!! I also wrote a post on “doing it all“, and it ties in nicely with this post if you are looking to read more on the time management topic.
What are your tips on finding time to sew? I would love to hear them!