Wow, I totally dropped the ball on blogging this week. The first week of the semester started at my 9-5, and life got a little crazier than expected. I’ll get back to normal posts next week.
Today, I’m sharing a more lighthearted post that’s been on the back burner for a while. While I love sewing, there are definitely things I kinda hate about it. Here are the top 5:
1. Cutting fabric and pattern pieces: UGH, UGH, UGH. Especially anything that has tiny pieces. Switching from cutting fabric with scissors to a rotary cutter makes life much easier, but it still sucks hardcore. I take a ridiculous amount of time to cut, so I normally set aside a whole day to cut as many projects as possible. I swear, if I could pay someone to cut fabric for me, I totally would.
2. Pre-treating fabric: I don’t know about you guys, but the second I get a piece of fabric, I want to take it to my machine and start sewing. With costumes, I can typically get away with not pre-treating most fabrics, especially satin and spandex, since they only get spot cleaned (Febreeze is the best, seriously). But for my normal clothes, I have to wait for that nonsense to wash and dry. Boooo…
3. Threading my serger: Dear lord, I hate threading my serger. After a year of constant use, it takes me closer to 5 minutes to thread it compared to 30 when I first started serging. And if I have to change colors in the middle of a project? Massive suck fest. I use the cheater’s method of changing serger thread as often as I can. And if a thread or needle breaks in the middle of a seam? Flip all the tables.
4. Hand stitching: It’s taken me a long time to appreciate hand stitching. I actually don’t mind it if I’m not in a rush and can chill out with some tea and Netflix for a few hours. Still, I’m not great at it and I always feel like my hand stitches look like a big ol’ bowl of first project home economics crap (looking at you, Captain Marvel gloves). So anytime instructions tell me to hand stitch something, you can bet I’m going to try to make it work with a machine first.
5. Setting sleeves: I swear, I can never get sleeves even. At least, not without a ridiculous amount of easing and seam ripping. Learning about the flat construction method used in RTW clothing blew my mind. I try to incorporate it everywhere I can. Because you suck, round sleeve setting.
Even with the suck of these things, I still love sewing! I’m actually in the middle of a couple of projects right now, so I’ll have more finished projects to share soon!
What are some of the things you love/hate about crafting?