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Friday, June 15, 2012

Quilty Habit #4: Rushing through the Quilting Process

Maybe it's because I grew up in and live in the northeast of the U.S. - notoriously affectionately known for our fast pace - or maybe it's because I'm an impatient person by nature, but every time I start a sewing project, I rush to get certain things done. Like, free motion quilting. It's really really really (really) hard for me to keep a steady, slow pace, which always makes my stitches uneven. I'm getting better though. I also tend to rush through the cutting process at times, which has unfortunately resorted in several finger/hand cuts (one especially serious one that I probably should have gotten stitches for) (never fear, I'm much more careful after that incident last summer).

I sound like a real fun person to be around, don't I? ;)

The point is, I rush. Especially to get a project done. When I'm more than excited to see the final outcome.

But really - today was a day to rush. I was trying to finish a bunch of lanyards and key fobs for a craft fair tomorrow. I was taking the stitches out of a key fob because I messed up slightly (probably by going too fast) (even though I was trying to go slow because I care so much about how it looks to the customer), and I was ripping stitches pretty fast.

I was pretty proud of myself, being so successful and singing along to the Backstreet Boys - who recently have been my #1 choice of background music. And then, this happened.


I broke my seam ripper... because I was going too fast... it looks just like a broken machine needle...

I was so mad! I need a seam ripper, because not only is it my best friend and we are in contact more often than I actually sew, but because I had many more things to sew, and there was NO WAY that I wouldn't have something else to rip :)

Luckily, I found my little seam ripper. It'll do for now until I get to the store tomorrow.


Anyway, *sigh*. I really do have confidence in my sewing abilities but sometimes you've just gotta get stuff done, for lack of a better phrase!

Do you rush through the sewing/quilting process, too?

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5 comments:

  1. Don't feel bad Jess, I am from back east as we call it here and I too rush through the quilting process, have cut my fingers and sewn through them. Get a new ripper because like me, you sound like you love the frog as well..rip it, rip it, rip it!

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  2. Slow down girlie you will enjoy it more!! hehehehe

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  3. Maybe you are just excited about it all....like my dh who broke his tooth brush in his mouth the day our oldest son was born.

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  4. Im glad you debugged! I go t to read your post. I was too fast too when I started quilting long ago. Dont worry you will slow done. BTW I HAVE noticed your progress over the year or so Ive been following.

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  5. I do rush seaming but have set my machine to medium speed and won't let myself increase that speed until accuracy catches up! I have never seen anyone break a seam ripper - you must be very fast.

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