Flirting with the romantic idea of having whole mornings (or days!) To dedicate to our sewing projects is quite natural. But, due to our busy schedule of duties and responsibilities, we don’t always have that precious time.
In today’s post, we are going to reflect on our available time and how flexible it can be if we set our minds to it. Ready to turn the clock around and find time to sew?
Finding that precious time is not easy, but if we sit down to analyze the activities we do every day and the time we dedicate to them, we can find the precious “dead moments” that we have between tasks.
Maybe if we get up half an hour earlier (with the house calm and mind fresh), or take advantage of the afternoons or afternoons, we can find small brackets of extra time that can become brief (but exciting) sewing oases.
It is very motivating to think about sewing happy hour during the day, it helps to carry work happily and keeps our spirit motivated.
With this philosophy, before you know it you will have seen several projects, and your productivity (and good humor) will have increased considerably.
It can be a bit frustrating at first to spend so little time on sewing, but it works! The objective is to turn these micro sessions into a habit that, when we have internalized it, will be part of our daily life and we will not have to make an extra effort.
Below we are going to see some tips that will help us to make this time quality and profitable:
- Think about the type of activity that we can do in those time frames (be it 15, 20 or 30 minutes).
Depending on whether we have natural light, whether we can use the sewing machine (unless it is a super quiet model) or our mental fatigue, we will choose the most appropriate task: copy patterns, read a post on new techniques, experiment in a patchwork, a new seam, basting a part of the garment …
Any small advance will be better than regretting not being able to sew! We also promote the feeling of being “connected” to the project, which is positivism in abundance.
- Informing our environment of our purpose.
Explain that we are going to take a short break at a certain time and that during this time, unless there is an emergency, it is as if we are not there! A good idea is to design a funny poster and hang it on the (closed) door. When we return from our sewing session, we are available again and with the batteries recharged. Interruptions can wait 30 minutes!
- Have a maximum concentration time.
So that mobile in silence, social networks waiting and hidden mail. Music that inspires us is the best ally for our minds to tune in to the right wave.
Once that magical time slot has been located, we can put into practice some of the following recommendations, which will make our sewing go from strength to strength.
- Compress periodic tasks, such as tracing patterns or cutting clothes.
If we do not have a fixed workspace and we have to dismantle the dining room to cut a garment, it is very useful to group a couple of projects and cut them at the same time. Having each project organized in a bag with all the information on one sheet is enough not to tangle more than you should.
It is also very useful to group the purchases of fabrics and materials, taking all the information with us on your mobile! So, if one day (on the way to work or an appointment) we pass a stunning fabric store, we can find what we need.
We can create an album in the gallery dedicated to this purpose, and make a photo of the model followed by another photo of the list of fabrics and trimmings. Our shopping list is always at hand!
- Unify projects that require the same resources.
Frankly, in my opinion, the biggest challenge. Sometimes we can sew several garments with the same thread color and the same needle. This can be very useful when we have the overlock or the coater threaded and we want to take advantage of the threads.
- Write a sewing journal.
A small notebook near the sewing machine will suffice, in which we will write down all the important details of the cut and preparation of the garment. So, at a glance, we will catch up and waste no time searching through pieces of paper and magazines for key directions.
In addition, it is the ideal place to keep small samples of sewing and observations that will serve as a reference for future projects. A sewing journal needs to have studs, hooked fabrics, and lots of drawings to be formally considered a utility piece.
Over time, you will have a small collection of notebooks that will be the delight of your meetings.
- Spend time researching.
In almost all projects doubts appear regarding techniques or ways of sewing fabric. That the rush and malpractice do not take over you if it is necessary to dedicate a couple of mini sessions to investigate books, blogs or magazines … go ahead! And don’t forget to record all the progress in the sewing journal.
- Practice social sewing.
There are certain parts of a garment (pinning the sleeves, hand basting a hem, sewing on buttons…) that can be done perfectly while spending time with our surroundings, whether it is on a mountain picnic or watching a movie.
Each seamstress has her way of doing, organizing and moving forward. Today we have seen some easy-to-apply tips that with a little effort can improve and extend the time we spend on sewing.
I hope to see images of your sewing diaries soon because they are very inspiring and creative. If you have any more tricks or recommendations, we are looking forward to hearing it!
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